Rep. Bob Bezotte, a former Livingston County sheriff, has been selected to serve on the new Task Force on Forensic Science by House Speaker Jason Wentworth.
The task force will be housed within the Michigan Department of State Police and include medical practitioners, legal professionals, government officials, academics, private sector experts, and representatives from the Michigan State Police, Michigan Supreme Court, and Attorney General’s office.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to be part of this task force, and I thank Speaker Wentworth for entrusting me with an appointment,” said Rep. Bezotte. “I’m looking forward to working with all other members of the task force to ensure the standards and practices for forensic evidence remain high in the state of Michigan.”
The task force’s will review the state of forensic science in Michigan and deliver its completed findings and policy recommendations to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer no later than Dec. 31, 2021. The findings will recommend, among other pieces, methodology improvements, processes to address misconduct, and procedures to update stakeholders on developments in forensic science.
Whitmer today signed an executive order to establish the task force.
State Rep. Bob Bezotte today voiced support for the House Oversight Committee’s questioning of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Secretary Benson has come under scrutiny recently for her decision to permanently end walk-in services at branch offices.
Rep. Bezotte, a former Livingston County Sheriff, speaks at a Thursday Capitol press conference on plans to invest more than $80 million providing supports for law enforcement and improving public safety. Rep. Bezotte says the law enforcement profession is struggling to recruit qualified applicants.
Rep. Bob Bezotte, former Livingston County sheriff, today participated in a news conference with legislators and police officers to announce a “Stronger Support for Safer Communities” plan to support law enforcement and provide resources to help strengthen relationships between officers and the communities they serve.