A Note from
the past six months, my office has been taking a close look at
school start times. Unsurprisingly, our research has
consistently revealed that
young people do not get enough sleep,
and that starting school a bit later in the morning is one
potential solution. Studies show
moving start times later,
specifically for teenage students,
tends to provide both academic and health benefits.
As such, I have been requesting the opinions of educators in the
97th District on
potentially allowing middle and high school students to begin
school a little later. We are still in the process of gathering
different perspectives, so I would be happy to hear any input
you might have on this issue.
Poll from The National Sleep Foundation
has been looking for a solution to its water problem for a long
ten years to develop a plan,
which was then reviewed by the Department of Natural Resources
for five years and eventually approved. Now it is referred to
the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and
Premiers. All Governors and Premiers must approve the plan.
The plan would tap into Lake Michigan as an abundant source of
fresh water. By using the water and then returning one hundred
percent of it back to the lake, it is possible to draw from this
without depleting it in any way.
This short video explains the process and the science behind
the plan. Click
here to take a look.
I have been working on
legislation that a person who intentionally makes a material
misrepresentation or omission on a state license application
would be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and face a penalty and
/or a fine. The idea behind AB 812, is that there ought to be a
significant penalty for intentional misinformation and we ought
to disclose that penalty on a license application to deter
people from being dishonest. The idea for this bill was brought
to me from a constituent who was appalled at a story in a local
newspaper where a convicted rapist and bank robber was granted a
license for social work. The bill passed the Assembly and just
this past week I testified on the bill to the senate committee
it was assigned to.
"Peace is not the
absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by
peaceful means." -Ronald Reagan