Thursday, January 3, 2013
Here's a look at initiatives spearheaded by legislator Sen. Morris Hood over the past year.
Sen. Morris Hood, who represents Dearborn, introduced two pieces of legislation in the state Senate in 2012. He also introduced two amendments during the year. Hood—whose district covers Dearborn, River Rouge and part of Detroit—is up for reelection in 2013. He has served District 3 for six years as senator. Here's a look at the bills and resolutions introduced by Sen. Hood in 2012, courtesy of MichiganVotes.org. Amendments Sen. Hood was absent for 113 of the Senate's 1,912 votes in 2012. Two senators—Republicans Joe Hune and Torry Rocca—had perfect voting records for the year.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Senate-passed bill would affect new motorists with graduated licenses.
Cellphones and the youngest drivers don't go together safely, a majority of Michigan senators believe. Under a proposal that passed the Senate by a 28-10 vote Thursday, teens with Level 1 or 2 graduated licenses could be ticketed and fined for driving while chatting on a phone – even in hands-free mode. The bill now goes to the state House. Backers want to reduce risky distractions among newcomers behind the wheel. Some senators voted against the measure because they favor a broader crackdown, the Associated Press reports. The legislation is called "Kelsey's Law" in memory of a Sault Ste. Marie 17-year-old who had a fatal crash while talking on her phone in 2010. Teens with Level 3 licenses, typically issued to 17-year-olds, would be …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
State Democrats and the father of the victim after whom the bill was named have denounced the bill because of the exception for religious beliefs or moral convictions. One senator gave an impassioned speech against the bill. What do you think?
The state Senate yesterday passed a new bill that would require school districts to implement anti-bullying policies. But the bill is drawing criticism from Democrats and the father of the victim after whom the bill was named. The critics say the bill creates a special exception for bullies who have "a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction," as well as neglecting to protect against bullying by students based on sexual orientation or gender identity, according to a story by the Huffington Post. Known as Matt's Safe School Law, the bill effectively bans harassment in schools and requires every district to have an anti-bullying policy. The law was inspired by Matt Epling, a Michigan teen who committed suicide shortly after an …