MacGregor supports new laws to improve specialty courts
Laws that take effect this month will help improve outcomes for some offenders and cut down on the rate of prison recidivism by helping law-breakers access treatment to address underlying issues such as alcohol or drug abuse.
Under Public Acts 161-164 of 2017, specialty or "problem-solving" courts, including veterans treatment, sobriety, drug treatment and mental health courts, will follow the same evidence-based practices and uniform guidelines as part of a new certification process. The new laws will create a more consistent approach for the courts and help give participants the best opportunity for success. MacGregor backs bill to help people with limited mobility
Many seniors and others with limited mobility depend on easy access to disability parking.
I recently supported legislation to give physical therapists the same ability as physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to certify a patient's disability in applying for free parking stickers, disability windshield placards, license plates and parking permits. As health professionals with specialized knowledge in recognizing and providing treatment for mobility problems, these individuals also have the training and experience to determine a disabling condition. Senate Bill 582 has been sent to the House for consideration. Pure Michigan Hunt update
Three lucky hunters have won the Michigan Department of Natural Resources 2018 Pure Michigan Hunt
drawing. The winners will receive elk, bear, spring and fall turkey and antlerless deer licenses and a base license to be used in 2018 as well as first pick opening morning of the waterfowl season at any managed waterfowl hunt area. Each hunter will also receive a package of donated hunting gear worth more than $4,000.
The 2018 drawing had a total of 35,214 applications, generating more than $176,000 for habitat restoration and improvements. Applications for the next Pure Michigan Hunt
drawing will be available starting March 1. Visit www.mi.gov/pmh
for more information. February is Heart Month
Up to 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases are preventable. Many risk factors, such as blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol and lack of regular physical activity can be controlled. That's why it's important to learn about prevention and take charge of lifestyle changes.
I recently cosponsored Senate Resolution 125
, a measure proclaiming February 2018 as American Heart Month and Feb. 2, 2018 as "Go Red for Women Day" to bring attention to heart disease and the risk factors associated with it. Report a pothole
Michigan's seasonal freeze-thaw cycle takes a toll on pavement. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, as moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and thaws, it creates a gap in the pavement. As vehicles drive over the gap, the pavement weakens, leading to a pothole. Motorists can report a pothole on any state road (roads beginning with M, I or U.S. designations) at www.michigan.gov/mdot
(click on How Do I
) or by calling 888-296-4546. For potholes on other roads, contact your county or local unit of government.