Rick Jones http://michiganradio.org en Law would make "revenge porn" a crime in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/law-would-make-revenge-porn-crime-michigan <p>It may soon be a misdemeanor in Michigan to post <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/03/06/286388840/race-to-stop-revenge-porn-raises-free-speech-worries">“revenge porn”</a> on the Internet.</p><p>A half-dozen states already have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/02/228551353/calif-bans-jilted-lovers-from-posting-revenge-porn-online">laws on the books </a>to punish people who post nude or sexually explicit photos to the Web without the person’s consent.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 19:19:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 17455 at http://michiganradio.org Law would make "revenge porn" a crime in Michigan Republican state senator introduces bill to increase minimum wage http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-state-senator-introduces-bill-increase-minimum-wage <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Michigan voters could see a question about increasing the minimum wage on the ballot this year. A petition drive is under way to collect enough signatures. But one Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill to increase the minimum wage in Michigan. Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, wants to increase the minimum wage from $7.40 to $8.15 an hour and an increase from $2.65 to $2.75 an hour for tipped workers.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I’m suggesting that this is a good alternative," Jones says. "I don’t want to see all these waiters and waitresses lose these jobs; many of them are single moms who depend on this income and this is very good income for somebody typically with just a high school diploma."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jones believes that minimum wage is intended as a starter job and that there are good jobs in Michigan, but that companies are having a difficult time filling those positions. Jones emphasizes that people need to understand the risks behind a possible ballot proposal to increase the minimum wage.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:53:02 +0000 Jennifer White & Michigan Radio Newsroom 17403 at http://michiganradio.org Republican state senator introduces bill to increase minimum wage GOP plan to stop drive to increase the minimum wage: increase the minimum wage, of course http://michiganradio.org/post/gop-plan-stop-drive-increase-minimum-wage-increase-minimum-wage-course <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">It’s Michigan minimum wage redux. This week, conservative Republican state Senator Rick Jones introduced a bill to increase Michigan’s minimum wage from $7.40 to $8.15 an hour. The measure would also increase the minimum wage for tipped workers from $2.65 to $2.75 an hour.</span></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:46:21 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 17365 at http://michiganradio.org GOP plan to stop drive to increase the minimum wage: increase the minimum wage, of course Who's that knocking on your door? http://michiganradio.org/post/whos-knocking-your-door <p>In Michigan, you can no longer invoke trespassing laws to avoid being served court papers at your door.</p><p></p><p>At the end of 2013, a new law took effect to exempt process servers from trespassing laws.</p><p></p><p>Michigan Sen. Rick Jones sponsored the legislation. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the goal is to increase safety for process servers who sometimes are confronted with threats of violence.</p><p></p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:52:43 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15979 at http://michiganradio.org Who's that knocking on your door? Michigan senator proposes ban on owning monkeys http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senator-proposes-ban-owning-monkeys <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation in Lansing would ban private ownership of monkeys, apes and lemurs.<br /><br />Sen. Rick Jones said this week that the average person doesn't have the necessary training or equipment to properly care for nonhuman primates. The Grand Ledge Republican's bill would apply going forward and allow current owners to keep their pets.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/14/us/connecticut-chimp-attack/">Jones cites a 2009 incident</a> when a Connecticut woman was mauled and disfigured by her chimpanzee.<br /> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 23:47:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15208 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan senator proposes ban on owning monkeys The astonishing hypocrisy of Medicaid opponents http://michiganradio.org/post/astonishing-hypocrisy-medicaid-opponents <p>You know by now that the Michigan Senate has finally voted to approve expanding Medicaid benefits.</p><p>The vote, which came Tuesday night after months of struggle, means that eventually nearly half a million of our citizens will have at least basic health care, people who don’t have it now.</p><p>The cost to the state itself will be nothing for three years, and only a pittance afterwards. The benefits in terms of human decency and a healthier workforce, enormous.</p><p>Those who opposed Medicaid expansion said they didn’t think we should burden future generations with another “entitlement cost.” Many of them also admitted their opposition was based on their hatred of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which they continue to oppose even though it was passed by Congress, passed Constitutional muster with the Supreme Court, and essentially ratified by the voters in last year‘s presidential election. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:47:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14187 at http://michiganradio.org The astonishing hypocrisy of Medicaid opponents State police and lawmakers want to boost speed limits across Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-police-and-lawmakers-want-boost-speed-limits-across-michigan <p>The Michigan State Police and some lawmakers say it’s time to boost speed limits across the state. Many limits have not been adjusted for decades.</p><p>Republican state Senator Rick Jones plans to introduce legislation next month to increase the limits. The former county sheriff says the measure would also reduce speed traps.</p><p>“We have had some artificially lower speed limits posted. I believe many of them are posted for revenue, and it simply is not needed.”</p><p>The legislation would require local governments to set speed limits based on scientific studies.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:26:36 +0000 Jake Neher 14032 at http://michiganradio.org State police and lawmakers want to boost speed limits across Michigan State senator wants to give incentive for any company that builds an oil refinery in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senator-wants-give-incentive-any-company-builds-oil-refinery-michigan <p>A state lawmaker says he has a plan to drive down Michigan’s high gas prices.</p><p></p><p>Senator Rick Jones says it’s time to build a new oil refinery.&nbsp;&nbsp; But not everyone’s sold on the plan.</p><p></p><p>Jones introduced legislation that would give a ten-year property and equipment tax exemption to any company willing to build a new refinery in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>“And that’s exactly what we need in Michigan to make sure we have adequate supplies,” says Jones.</p><p></p><p>Jones says more supply means lower prices at the pump.</p><p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:40:29 +0000 Jake Neher 13589 at http://michiganradio.org State senator wants to give incentive for any company that builds an oil refinery in Michigan Michigan's governor doesn't think the state should repeal new tax on pensions http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-doesnt-think-state-should-repeal-new-tax-pensions <p>Governor Rick Snyder is cool to a proposal to roll back Michigan’s new pension tax.</p><p></p><p>The pension tax was part of a package enacted in 2011 that eliminated the Michigan Business Tax.</p><p></p><p>A group of five Republican state senators wants to repeal the pension tax and reinstate some homestead property tax credits.</p><p></p><p>Governor Snyder says the tax on pensions is just a matter of fairness, so that the tax burden falls equally. The governor insists the tax that pensioners are now paying is not too much ask.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11949 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor doesn't think the state should repeal new tax on pensions House passes sex offender registry expansion http://michiganradio.org/post/house-passes-sex-offender-registry-expansion <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - More Michigan residents may soon be added to the state's online public sex offender registry.</p><p>The full House passed a bill Tuesday that would require people convicted of a single Tier I offense for some crimes involving minors to be placed on the online sex offender registry.</p><p>Offenses that would qualify would include unlawful imprisonment if the victim is a minor and knowingly possessing sexually abusive material of a child.</p><p>The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says the bill will allow the public to "protect their children and grandchildren."</p><p>The House Fiscal Agency reports that a few hundred people would be added to the state's public registry. Currently people convicted of Tier II and III offenses are already placed on the registry. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:04:55 +0000 The Associated Press 11303 at http://michiganradio.org House passes sex offender registry expansion Medical marijuana bills go to floor of state House http://michiganradio.org/post/medical-marijuana-bills-go-floor-state-house <p>Bills in the state House would let insurance companies deny coverage for medical marijuana.</p><p>Employers could also refuse to reimburse medical marijuana expenses through workers compensation.</p><p>Opponents of the legislation say it discriminates against a legal form of patient care.</p><p>Republican state Senator Rick Jones said many opponents of the bills simply want to abuse the system.</p> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Jake Neher 10166 at http://michiganradio.org Medical marijuana bills go to floor of state House State lawmaker says "dissolving Detroit" should be an option http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmaker-says-dissolving-detroit-should-be-option <p>Detroit is at a political impasse that could lead to a financial collapse next month.</p><p>Now, one state legislator is saying Lansing should consider “all its options”—including possibly dissolving the city as a municipality.</p><p>The idea of dissolving Detroit—and effectively merging it with Wayne County—has popped up occasionally in some business and political circles recently.</p><p>But mid-Michigan senator Rick Jones is the first official to publicly discuss that as an option.</p><p>Jones says Detroit’s local leaders just aren’t dealing with the city's fiscal problems—and having the state’s biggest city file for municipal bankruptcy would be “horrible.”</p><p>“I think everything is on the table,” Jones said. “ I would be willing to consider dissolving the city, if that’s what it took.</p><p>“One of the options could be actually dissolving the city of Detroit, and putting all of their functions back into Wayne County. That is possible.”</p><p>Still, Jones acknowledges this merger scenario is “unlikely.” He says the prevailing discussion in Lansing is about bankruptcy versus some kind of state intervention.</p><p>Lawmakers in Lansing are also considering passing a revised version of the emergency manager law voters overturned in November.</p><p>Detroit faces the possibility of running out of cash in mid-December. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:13:08 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10127 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmaker says "dissolving Detroit" should be an option Bill to reform Michigan's public defender system comes before Senate panel http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-reform-michigans-public-defender-system-comes-senate-panel <p>A Senate panel has begun hearing arguments on a bill to fix the way Michigan counties provide defense attorneys to the poor.</p><p>The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s still skeptical about the legislation.</p><p>Senator Rick Jones says it’s clear a handful of counties are having problems appointing competent public defenders. But he says he still doesn’t see it as a statewide issue that requires sweeping changes.</p><p>Nancy Diehl is the former president of the State Bar of Michigan, which supports the bill.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:58:48 +0000 Jake Neher 9435 at http://michiganradio.org Bill to reform Michigan's public defender system comes before Senate panel Commentary: The Politics of Abortion http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-politics-abortion-0 <p>Yesterday, the chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing and quickly&nbsp; pushed through what everyone is calling an anti-abortion bill, sending it on to the full Senate.</p><p>It was clear that this wasn&rsquo;t meant to be a deliberative process. Legally, any committee has to give at least 18 hours notice before holding any hearing.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:16:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8461 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The Politics of Abortion Michigan Senate panel approves anti-abortion bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-panel-approves-anti-abortion-bill <p>The state Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would require clinics and doctor&rsquo;s offices where abortions are performed to be licensed and inspected. Critics of the bill say its real purpose is to put abortion providers out of business.</p><p>Rick Jones chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&ldquo;The purpose is to make sure that clinics are licensed and safe. Certainly, a state that licenses junkyards, tattoo parlors, and used car lots would want to license abortion clinics,&rdquo; he said.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:04:11 +0000 Rick Pluta 8454 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senate panel approves anti-abortion bill Commentary: Senator wants lawmakers to pay more for health care http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-senator-wants-lawmakers-pay-more-health-care <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">State Senator Rick Jones of Grand Ledge might want to watch his back for the next few weeks, or maybe, decades. Yesterday, he threatened to violate a time-honored legislative custom.</font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Lawmakers at all levels are traditionally known for telling the people &ldquo;do what we say, not what we do.&rdquo;</font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 02 May 2012 15:41:45 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7298 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Senator wants lawmakers to pay more for health care Michigan Senate passes missing children bill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senate-passes-missing-children-bill <p>A proposal that would require parents to report missing children immediately to authorities was approved by the state Senate today.</p><p>The bill was named &ldquo;Caylee&rsquo;s Law&rdquo; by supporters, in response to the controversial Casey Anthony case in Florida.</p><p>The child&rsquo;s mother waited 31 days before reporting her daughter missing.</p><p>State Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) says he was surprised to learn Michigan does not have an early-reporting law in place for missing children.</p><p><em>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s very important that parents report their children missing in a timely fashion. The outrageous case that drew this to our attention was the one of little Caylee, that the mother didn&rsquo;t report her missing for over 30 days.&quot;</em></p><p>Jones added:</p><p><em>&ldquo;As a former sheriff of Eaton County and 31 years of law enforcement, I don&rsquo;t believe there is any reason for a parent to delay reporting their child missing.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Under the bill, parents or caretakers would have 24 hours to report missing children under the age of 13 or could face up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.</p><p>The bill has been sent to the state House. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:01:02 +0000 Chelsea Hagger 4691 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers consider changes to Medical Marijuana Act http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-consider-changes-medical-marijuana-act <p>Members of the Michigan legislature are considering <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28c2tr5v451ngnl2e13w5f3v45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=Bills">several bills</a> that would amend the state&rsquo;s medical marijuana law. One bill would <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28c2tr5v451ngnl2e13w5f3v45%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2011-SB-0377">create a database</a> of marijuana license holders. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 19:05:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2993 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers consider changes to Medical Marijuana Act State Senator Rick Jones: If teachers sacrifice, everyone should http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senator-rick-jones-if-teachers-sacrifice-everyone-should <p>Republican state senator Rick Jones says many schools may soon demand that teachers pay at least 20-percent of their health insurance premiums.&nbsp;</p><p>Jones has introduced a bill that would keep a school&rsquo;s per-pupil funding intact, if teachers agree to the cuts.&nbsp;</p><p>But he says teachers shouldn&#39;t be the only one making the sacrifice.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I learned that senators and representatives pay anywhere from 5% to 7.6%, and I thought, how is that fair that we&rsquo;re paying that and teachers are being asked to pay 20%?&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Jones says his new bill would require state legislators to pay 20% of their health insurance premiums.&nbsp;</p><p>He has also introduced a bill to alter the lifetime health insurance that legislators receive after serving only six years, calling it &ldquo;obscene.&rdquo;</p><p>The bill would phase in the benefit, beginning at ten years of service. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 19:23:34 +0000 Tracy Samilton 1835 at http://michiganradio.org