News From Rep. Cochran

Friday, January 19, 2018

LANSING — A resolution offered by state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) naming January 2018 Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the state of Michigan was adopted by the Michigan House of Representatives this week. The adoption of the resolution coincides with stepped up efforts to combat human trafficking in the Metro Detroit area during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a time when law enforcement tends to see increased human trafficking activity annually.


Rep. Cochran introduces his resolution to name January 2018 Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Michigan.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

LANSING — Tonight, House Democrats voted to protect the earned health care benefits of Michigan’s retired first responders. Last week, hundreds of police officers and firefighters rallied against proposals which could have gutted health care for local heroes. Today, the recommendation of House Democrats to implement the reforms of the bipartisan Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force was accepted. While these benefits are now protected, communities in the state continue to struggle with...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

LANSING — This week, Republican legislators are considering efforts to strip away critically important benefits for retired police and firefighters, such as health care. In response, state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Cochran) issued the following statement: 


“As a former firefighter and fire chief, I understand the sacrifice our first responders make each day they willingly put their lives on the line to serve our neighbors. During my nearly 30 years of service, I witnessed the perilous consequences...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Legislation tackles industry practices that keep rates high

LANSING — A group of House Democratic legislators have introduced legislation that could reduce the high cost of premiums while extending consumer protections to those who buy insurance. The bill package would address home and auto insurance rates, in addition to improving the process by which consumers learn about and shop for policies. The bills would also deal with the manner in which insurance companies handle their...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

LANSING — Today, the Michigan House of Representatives voted on House Bill 5013, which makes various changes to the state’s auto no-fault insurance system. The bill failed to pass. In response, state Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) issued the following statement:

“As a former firefighter, I’ve seen firsthand the kind of devastation and injury that can result from a serious auto accident. The people affected by these collisions often need a lifetime of care, and that’s...