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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:29

Representative Lauwers names legislation contest winners

(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- 81st District State Representative Dan Lauwers has announced the five winners of his legislation contest. Residents submitted proposals that could improve voter turnout at local elections, increase sentencing for repeat sexual offenders and reduce the size of state government. Kathleen Sholtis of Yale submitted proposes reforming Public Act 222 of 2001, which makes governmental entities immune from tort liability for sewage disposal systems. Larry Sokolowski of Marysville proposed eliminating certain lending functions of the MEDC. Mark Shrapnell of St. Clair submitted a proposal to require Property Tax Millage votes to only take place during November elections. Julie Dickason of China Township would like to see legislation that would add certain medical procedures to the list of student excused absences not to be counted toward truancy and Pastor Tony Jessie of Capac proposes requiring a juvenile sexual assault charge to be considered a first offense, which could allow the courts to provide tougher sentencing guidelines to repeat offenders. Representative Lauwers of Brockway Township received more than 50 unique bill ideas from his constituents, giving them the chance to help direct public policy. The top five ideas will be introduced as legislation.