News From Rep. Cochran

Friday, February 9, 2018

LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives passed House Bill 5456 on Thursday, which, if signed into law, would make it much more difficult for people who contracted mesothelioma through contact with asbestos to file a claim through asbestos trust funds set up to pay for their care. In response, state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) issued the following statement:


“I’m extremely disappointed that the House has passed a bill that was written to do...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

LANSING — A bill that would allow county commissioners in Michigan to increase rewards for people who provide information that results in the arrest and conviction of criminals and escaped convicts has cleared the House Law and Justice Committee and will advance to the House floor for a full vote of the chamber. House Bill 4971, sponsored by state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason), would allow county commissioners to offer rewards of any amount up to...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder made his annual budget presentation today. In response, state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) issued the following statement:


“While Gov. Rick Snyder’s recommendation to increase per-pupil funding in education is a step in the right direction, it is just a baby step. Our schools are still trying to regain their footing after the massive funding cuts the governor made at the start of his time in office, and this increase...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
LANSING — House Bills 5457 and 5458, recently introduced by state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason), would name the last Saturday in September “Public Lands Day” in the state of Michigan and waive entrance and access fees to state parks and state-held public lands and public boat access sites that day. If adopted, it would coincide with a federal Public Lands day that waives entrance and access fees for federally held public lands.

“Michigan is...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his final State of the State address this evening. In response, state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) issued the following statement:


“Tonight, Gov. Rick Snyder made a case for how far the state of Michigan has come under his reign as governor. But when I listen to the voices of hardworking men and women and seniors who worry about making ends meet from one month to the next, I’m...

Statement from state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) on Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address: