Rep. Whiteford: ‘Raise the Age’ plan advances to governor’s desk

A plan backed by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Whiteford, who helped sponsor the plan alongside a bipartisan group of her colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four states still…

Rep. Rendon: Historic ‘Raise the Age’ reforms headed to governor’s desk

A plan backed by state Rep. Daire Rendon to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Rendon, who helped sponsor the plan alongside a bipartisan group of her colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four states still…

Johnson: Unused laws should be taken off the books

State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced legislation that would repeal Michigan’s unused estate tax provision. Prior to 2002, Michigan’s estate tax was a pickup tax that piggybacked on the federal estate tax due to the availability of a federal credit for estate taxes paid at the state level. As a result, Michigan and 37 other…

Rep. Glenn introduces proposal helping local communities strengthen planning commissions

State Rep. Annette Glenn this week introduced a proposal allowing public safety personnel to fill another important role in the communities they serve. Glenn’s legislation would allow local government officials to appoint volunteer and paid on-call police officers, firefighters and medical first responders to local planning commissions. Glenn’s proposal would allow more options for including…

Rep. Reilly moves to restore funding for crucial county jail reimbursement program

State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township today introduced a plan to help reverse Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s devastating cuts to local public safety agencies. Reilly’s legislation would restore the nearly $15 million Whitmer eliminated from a county jail reimbursement program in a round of vetoes for the new budget year that began Oct. 1. The…

Rep. Calley: Historic ‘Raise the Age’ reforms advance to governor’s desk

State Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Calley, of Portland, said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit…

Improved drinking water standards, veteran care key components in Rep. Howell bill

State Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) and State Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) testified this week in support of a plan to protect veterans by requiring stricter testing of drinking water at veteran care facilities in Michigan. House Bills 4742 and 4743 are part of a bipartisan reform package addressing water quality across the board –…

Rep. Berman ‘Raise the Age’ reforms advancing to governor’s desk

Bipartisan proposals would see 17-year-olds no longer automatically treated as adults in court Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ryan Berman to end current policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be automatically treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is one step from being law. Berman, of Commerce Township, said Michigan is one of just four…

Rep. Wozniak’s ‘Raise the Age’ plan advances to governor’s desk

State Rep. Doug Wozniak’s plan to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Wozniak said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit the most…

Rep. Hall: ‘Raise the Age’ plan advances to governor’s desk

A plan backed by state Rep. Matt Hall to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Hall said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who…