Sen. Brandenburg District Update

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Sen. Brandenburg backs bills to improve specialty courts

Michigan has 185 “problem-solving” courts, programs that aim to improve outcomes for offenders and reduce the rate of recidivism.

These specialty courts, including drug treatment, sobriety, mental health and veterans treatment courts, focus on treatment and other services to address an offender’s underlying problems, such as substance abuse or mental health issues, to help them turn their lives around.

I recently supported Senate legislation to improve this system by requiring the specialty courts to follow the same procedures and standards. Under Senate Bills 435-438, the courts would have to be certified by the State Court Administrators Office. Certification would help ensure more consistent outcomes and increase the effectiveness of the courts. The bills have been referred to the House Committee on Law and Justice.

 

Consumer alert addresses Equifax security breach

Millions of Michigan residents may have had their personal information compromised through an alleged security breach at Equifax, one of the country’s major credit reporting agencies. The Michigan attorney general’s office recently released a new consumer alert outlining steps to protect against identity theft, and to request a credit report and freeze, along with links to additional resources. Access the Equifax Breach Consumer Alert at www.michigan.gov/ag.

 

Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide now available

Autumn in Michigan is a special season! Our state’s waters and woodlands offer postcard-perfect views and countless opportunities for outdoor adventure.

From scenic drives and hikes to weekend getaways to culinary destinations, the 2017 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide highlights places to go and sights to see across our great state. Access the digital version and sign up for weekly fall color updates at www.michigan.org or contact my office to receive a free print copy.

 

Hunters hunting outside of Michigan must follow new cervid rules

Michigan has a rich hunting heritage. New cervid importation regulations will help protect the state’s deer population to ensure our hunting tradition stays strong.

To help keep potential cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from unintentionally being brought into Michigan, hunters who harvest a cervid (deer, moose or elk) in any other state or province can only import certain parts, such as hides, deboned meat, quarters, finished taxidermy products, cleaned teeth and antlers.

CWD is a fatal, contagious neurological disease. In 2015, a free ranging deer in mid-Michigan tested positive for CWD. Since that discovery, nine animals have tested positive for the disease. The state has taken aggressive steps, including these new regulations, to help contain this threat. Those hunting in Michigan within areas where CWD has been found must follow specific regulations as well. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/cwd.