State Rep. Timothy Beson, of Bay City, on Thursday joined seven of his House colleagues to introduce amendments to a budget supplemental plan that would increase support for law enforcement officers and expand community safety.
The Beson amendment would directly provide $10 million in funding for community policing, which could include police ride-alongs and engagement in youth programs at local libraries and schools, among others.
“Community policing has been shown to positively increase relations between law enforcement agencies and community members,” said Rep. Beson. “With $10 million in funding, we can give Michigan police officers the resources they need to do their jobs well. Greater understanding can come from simply getting to know one another better. We will be better off with a community that supports law enforcement, and police officers who continue to support the community.”
The comprehensive plan includes $80 million in funding and important policy changes. To begin supporting some of the programs as quickly as possible, the parts of the plan that include a budget component were added to a supplemental budget bill approved by the House on Thursday. Other statutory changes, including future reforms still being developed, will be introduced and discussed in committee in the near future.
More details about the plan are available here.
Rep. Beson, who owns a small, family-operated market in Bay County, says today’s House vote to end the $300 weekly federal pandemic unemployment benefit, will spell good news for small and local businesses struggling to stay afloat because of shortages of employees.
Rep. Beson speaks on the House floor Tuesday before passage of his legislation that would force the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration to refund fines that were based on orders later found to be unconstitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court. HB 4501 also would prevent MIOSHA from issuing fines on a first offense if […]
The Michigan House yesterday approved a plan by Rep. Timothy Beson to prohibit the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) from levying civil penalties, such as fines and fees, against businesses for first-time violations of pandemic emergency orders.
State Rep. Timothy Beson yesterday introduced legislation, House Bill 4683, that would create a bipartisan ethics committee as part of a sweeping reform plan put forward by the Michigan House. This legislation will increase transparency and improve ethical standards for government officials.