Monthly Archives: July 2012

Reform Signed to Fix Michigan Roads Without Raising Taxes

Michigan has struggled every year to identify enough dollars to qualify for federal matching transportation funds, but not anymore. The governor recently signed my reform to fix this problem by dedicating $100 million already paid by consumers at the pump and investing it in the maintenance and improvement of our roads and bridges. Continue reading

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Sexual Assault Survivor Behind “Erin’s Law” Back Bipartisan Legislation

Erin Merryn, a sexual abuse survivor from Illinois, told Michigan lawmakers on Wednesday (July 18) about her experience and the need for bipartisan legislation to increase education and training in an effort to help prevent the sexual abuse of children. Continue reading

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Sexual Abuse Survivor Testifies in Support of “Erin’s Law” to Protect Michigan Children from Abuse

Childhood is supposed to be a time of innocence, where a child can learn, play and enjoy life.

Unfortunately, many of our children have this innocence stolen. It is estimated that one in four girls and one of every seven boys are sexually abused by age 18. In more than 90-percent of cases, their abuser is someone they know. Continue reading

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Erin’s Law to Fight Child Abuse, Passes Through the Michigan Senate

The Michigan Senate has passed a package of bills that would make it the fifth state in the country to enact “Erin’s Law,” if the House and Governor go along. The laws are designed to prevent the sexual abuse of children.

During a morning hearing, legislators heard from Erin Merryn, the namesake of the law. Merryn, who was abused as a child, talked about she feared she would get into trouble if she reported the abuse.

The law would require school programs that teach children to come forward in such situatins. She says that she is on a mission to make sure no other child has their voice silenced and innocence stolen the way hers was.

Erin’s Law also calls for the creation of a onetime task force on the prevention of sexual abuse of children. Similar laws have been enacted in Maine, Indiana and Missouri, and legislation has been introduced in several other states, including Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania.

The package now heads to the House. With only a few sessions scheduled for this summer, it’s not clear when it would be taken up. Continue reading

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Suffering in Silence No More

By Lou Mumford South Bend Tribune Look the other way, the mentality that apparently allowed the Jerry Sandusky tragedy to continue to unfold at Penn State University for more than a decade, won’t find an ally in Erin Merryn. To … Continue reading

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United Way Rescues Ferry Street Center

“Our United Way volunteers were glad to be able to offer this funding to maintain uninterrupted services. It’s times like these when we realize the importance of United Way’s presence in the Niles community. We went to the groundbreaking for Tyler Honda up in Stevensville and ran into (state Sen.) John (Proos). He mentioned he had talked to Diane (Bass, the Resource Center board president, as well as executive assistant to City Administrator Ric Huff). It fits perfectly with what United Way does under the basic needs category and is a good partnership. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. I don’t know at what level, but I think it’s an opportunity for a continued partnership. We bring in funding partners every three years,” and that cycle just started. Continue reading

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Senate Approves Bills to Help Boost Michigan Auto and Boat Sales

The Senate has approved legislation to help spur vehicle and boat sales by reducing the cost of purchasing a new or used vehicle or boat in Michigan. Continue reading

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