House approves Rep. Iden bill to protect children from porn

Measure is part of bipartisan plan in response to Larry Nassar scandal The state House today approved Rep. Brandt Iden’s measure increasing protections for children under 12 from child pornography. “Child pornography victimizes innocent children in every way possible,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “Michigan must continue to take bold action in the fight against…

Rep. Iden’s ‘spring cleaning’ proposal passes House

The Michigan House Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a plan sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden removing an unnecessary law from the books. Iden’s plan repeals a duplicative reporting requirement regarding the Veteran Right to Employment Services Act. Under the current 1994 law, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is required to report employment…

Rep. Iden joins colleagues in legislative ‘spring cleaning’

The House Oversight Committee today heard testimony and voted to approve a plan sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden removing an unnecessary law from the books. Iden’s plan repeals a duplicative reporting requirement regarding the Veteran Right to Employment Services Act. Under the current 1994 law, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is required…

Local representatives celebrate Older Michiganians Day

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Reps. Brandt Iden and Beth Griffin meet with members of the Kalamazoo Area Agency on Aging group on the Capitol lawn.  Older Michiganians Day is an annual rally that takes place on the lawn of the Capitol.  The event brings together hundreds of seniors, aging service providers, and senior advocates to meet…

House approves Rep. Iden’s plan to make OK2SAY permanent, improving school safety

The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Brandt Iden’s proposal to make the OK2SAY school safety program a permanent part of the state’s strategy to protect children. OK2SAY allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. The system helps distribute important information to…

COLUMN: Stepping up the fight against opioids

By state Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo Township A growing problem generally calls for a larger response – especially when the lives of Michigan residents hang in the balance. The number of heroin and prescription opioid overdose deaths in Michigan has doubled during the past five years. In Kalamazoo County, 24 residents were treated each…

Rep. Iden: Clarity required on pyramid schemes

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden clarifying state law on pyramid schemes advanced overwhelmingly this week in the Michigan House. The plan is part of a four-bill legislative package amending and improving current state consumer protection and franchise investment laws. Iden’s proposal amends the Michigan Consumer Protection Act to reflect the changes amidst a…

Rep. Iden plays key role to increase school safety funding in state House budget plan

Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo Township today played a key role in advancing efforts to significantly boost funding for school safety in Michigan as part of the state House budget plan. Iden’s change added $3 million in funding for panic button technology in Michigan’s K-12 schools. Iden also supported $2.3 million in additional funding for…

Rep. Iden proposes making Michigan’s OK2SAY school safety program permanent

State Rep. Brandt Iden today proposed making Michigan’s OK2SAY school safety program a permanent part of the state’s strategy to protect children. OK2SAY allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. The system helps distribute important information to law enforcement, mental health service…

Children will be protected from child porn under Rep. Iden bill

Measure is part of House plan in response to Larry Nassar scandal State Rep. Brandt Iden this week testified to the House Law and Justice Committee on how children under the age of 12 will get increased protections from child pornography under his legislation. The bill is part of a bipartisan reform plan developed following…

Lawmakers submit reform plan following MSU inquiry

House legislation calls for better protection from sexual misconduct A bipartisan group of House legislators today submitted a plan to better protect Michigan’s children in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. The reforms build on previously introduced legislation and include enhanced penalties for distribution, production and financing of child pornography, as well…

Rep. Iden’s proposal cracks down on ransomware use

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden prohibiting the possession of computer ransomware with intent to use was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to a computer or freeze essential files until a “ransom” payment is made to restore access. “This type of technology…