News From Rep. Kosowski

Thursday, January 14, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) recently introduced House Bill 5012, part of a three-bill package that would direct the Michigan State Police (MSP) to maintain a list of qualified volunteers to patrol school premises, make that list available to school districts, and provide a tax-credit to those individuals.

“This is just common-sense legislation,” Kosowski said. “Unfortunately, school violence is on the rise. There was a time when we didn’t have to worry about...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LANSING — House Democratic Whip Robert Kosowski (D-Westland), along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, held a press conference this morning to discuss a juvenile justice reform bill package now headed to the House floor. The conference was held following the House Criminal Justice Committee meeting, during which time the package of bills, one of which Kosowski introduced.

“What we’ve seen today is that giving our kids a better shot at success isn’t a partisan...

State Representative Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) testifies before the House Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, on legislation to reform juvenile justice in Michigan. With him is state Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Commerce Township), who also sponsored a bill in the package.
Monday, October 19, 2015

LANSING — House Democratic Whip Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee last week as it took up two of his bills. House Bill 4669 would allow Michigan casinos to take bets on sporting events. HB 4670 would allow betting on simulcast horse racing.

“Michigan casinos are losing out on revenue because our current laws don’t provide for betting that is allowed elsewhere,” Kosowski said. “My bills will draw increased activity to...

House Democratic Whip Robert Kosowski (D-Westland), right, listens as Joseph Asher, CEO of William Hill, a bookmaker based in the United Kingdom, testifies in front of the House Regulatory Reform Committee on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, in the House Office Building in Lansing. On the left is William Hill Director of Business Development Dan Shapiro. The committee was debating legislation Kosowski introduced, House Bills 4669 and 4670, which would allow casino betting on sporting events and horse racing, respec
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

LANSING — House Democratic Whip Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) was proud to see legislation he introduced, House Bill 4022, pass the House Committee on Families, Children and Seniors. The bill requires Department of Health and Human Services caseworkers to review credit information of children in foster care to ensure no one has stolen their identity.

“Kids in foster care are some of our most vulnerable citizens, and unfortunately, some people would take advantage of that,” Kosowski...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) has sponsored legislation as part of a 20-bill package to improve the way Michigan treats youth offenders. Kosowski is one of 13 sponsors from both parties that want to help rehabilitate juveniles that commit a crime, rather than simply locking them away.

“Many young people have made mistakes, got a second chance and went on to become productive, law-abiding members of society. Others never got that chance,” Kosowski...

State Representative Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) speaks at a press conference about legislation to help youth offenders on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in the state Capitol in Lansing.