Governor signs Jones bill to help bring 300 jobs to Shiawassee County

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday signed Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to help a trucking company bring hundreds of jobs to Shiawassee County.

“I want to thank the governor for standing up for a Michigan business and local job provider who is looking to build a new world headquarters in New Lothrop,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I was honored to work with Wheeler Trucking and Representative Ben Glardon to remove an unnecessary obstacle to a major business expansion and help bring 300 well-paying jobs to Shiawassee County.”

Jones and Glardon, R-Owosso, worked with Wheeler Trucking to address a problem it had in Michigan delivering new mid-sized trucks and motorhomes across the country.

Years ago, Michigan artificially changed its length requirement for truck hauling, making them shorter than the lengths for hauling cars.

“Making our state more attractive to new business investment is important to ensuring Michigan workers have access to opportunities and jobs — and repealing archaic and unnecessary rules and laws is part of that process,” Jones said. “Wheeler truckers were getting tickets in Michigan for being over the state’s artificially low length for hauling trucks, and without this change, they might have been forced to move their operations to another state.”

Senate Bill 274, now Public Act 208 of 2015, makes Michigan’s truck hauling more in line with federal regulations.

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Jones’ trucking length bill sent to the governor

Legislation would help bring 300 jobs to Shiawassee County

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — The governor could soon sign legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to help a trucking company bring hundreds of jobs to Shiawassee County. The measure was sent to the governor by the Senate after the House unanimously approved the bill earlier on Tuesday.

“I was happy to work with Wheeler Trucking and Representative Ben Glardon to bring 300 well-paying jobs to Shiawassee County,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I want to thank my House colleagues for standing up for Michigan families, and I look forward to seeing the governor sign this bill to remove an unnecessary obstacle to a major business expansion by a local job provider.”

Wheeler Trucking wants to build a new truck center in New Lothrop. Jones and Glardon, R-Owosso, worked with the company to address a problem it had in Michigan delivering new semitrucks across the country.

“We should repeal archaic rules and laws in our state so Michigan workers have access to opportunities and good jobs,” Jones said. “Michigan was the only state to ticket Wheeler trucks for their length because Michigan’s law was artificially set shorter than car haulers.”

Senate Bill 274 would make Michigan’s artificially short length on truck hauling more in line with federal regulations.

Years ago, Michigan artificially changed its length requirement for truck hauling, making it shorter than the requirement for hauling cars. Wheeler Trucking has said their truckers get tickets for being over the limit, and without a change, they might have to move their operations to another state.

The bill has been sent to the governor for consideration.

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Sen. Jones honored by Michigan probate judges

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Rick Jones was presented on Thursday with the Michigan Probate Judges Association’s Legislator of the Year award by Clinton County Probate Judge Lisa Sullivan.

“I am honored to receive this award from an organization comprised of locally elected judges who every day are making important decisions impacting Michigan families,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “The most rewarding part of receiving this honor is that it is the result of countless hours of hard work to improve our laws and protections for all Michigan residents.”

Among the reasons given for the judges’ honoring Jones was the senator’s work on legislation to protect Michigan seniors from being financially exploited by a family member.

“Michigan courts should have the power to stop someone from taking advantage of our most vulnerable residents — our seniors,” Jones said. “I have worked hard with the judges improving Michigan Law to protect seniors and ensuring that our judges have the power to protect Michigan residents from abusive relatives who try to steal their money.”

Senate Bill 270 would allow Michigan judges to take jurisdiction in guardianship cases if certain criteria are met.

“This bill was inspired by a real case here in Michigan, in which an elderly woman from mid-Michigan was taken by her son to Nevada, was put on too many medications and deemed incompetent. Her son proceeded to drain her bank accounts,” Jones said. “Her daughter succeeded to bring her back to Michigan and got her off the unnecessary medications. But when she asked a Michigan judge to declare her competent to be her own guardian, she was told there was nothing the judge could do.

“It was unacceptable, and I worked with the probate judges to revise the law and empower Michigan judges to protect our seniors.”

SB 270 is currently before the House Judiciary Committee.

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Editor’s note: The above photograph of Jones is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at www.SenatorRickJones.com. Click on “Photowire.”

 

Senate panel OKs Jones bill to keep sex offenders away from schools

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to restore a law prohibiting sex offenders from working or living within 1,000 feet of a school.

“A federal judge recently ruled that parts of Michigan’s sex offender registration law were too vague. As a result, sex offenders of all kinds can once again hang around our schoolyards,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Whether the convicted sex offender is a flasher or a pedophile, they have no business hanging out at the local school playground and leering at children.

“It is important to clarify the law so that we are protecting our children and still meeting the federal guidelines.”

Senate Bill 581 would prohibit a registered sex offender in Michigan from working or living within a student safety zone, which is defined as the school property and the area that lies 1,000 feet or less from the school property line. It also clarifies the law concerning how close an offender can be to a school while walking or driving.

The bill includes exemptions for an offender transporting his child to or from school, attending an event sanctioned by his child’s school and meeting with a school employee regarding his child enrolled at that school.

SB 581 now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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