Rick Outman

Bipartisan bills boost crisis response and jail diversion programs for people with mental illness

BY: - September 20, 2021

State Sens. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes) and Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced two bills last week to establish grants funding community crisis and jail intervention programs in localities to address pitfalls in mental health response programs in Michigan.  In 1974, the Community Mental Health code was established in Michigan that created laws and programs to […]

After months of hearings airing 2020 election conspiracies, Republicans drop big voter restriction package

BY: and - March 25, 2021

A new package of voter restriction bills introduced this week by Republicans in Michigan is part of a national trend in states across the country following now-President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election.  “They want to make it harder for people to vote. They want to make the process more cumbersome,” said state Sen. […]

GOP-led Senate pushes Whitmer to change hospital, essential worker orders

BY: - April 28, 2020

The Michigan Senate met briefly Tuesday and urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to allow elective procedures to resume in hospitals and expand the class of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolutions could be the start of another week of GOP state lawmakers trying to cap Whitmer’s power. State lawmakers met in Lansing Friday, with […]