Michigan Strategic Fund awards Newell Rubbermaid Business Development grant

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2013

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Michigan Strategic Fund awards Newell Rubbermaid Business Development grant

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker congratulated Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. for receiving a Michigan Strategic Fund Business Development Grant.

The company plans to build a new state-of-the-art design center in the city of Kalamazoo that will consolidate all of its U.S. product and graphic design capabilities. The company plans to invest $2.3 million and create 100 design jobs, resulting in a $2 million Michigan Business Development performance-based grant.

“Hearing that the MSF will award Newell Rubbermaid a Business Development grant was excellent news for both my district and the state of Michigan,”said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “This is further proof that Michigan, through the efforts of Governor Snyder and the Legislature, is open for business.”

Newell Rubbermaid is a global marketer of consumer and commercial products with a portfolio of brands that include Sharpie, Rubbermaid, Graco, Calphalon, Paper Mate, and Irwin.

 
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Schuitmaker bill improves access to autism treatment

For Immediate Release
March 20, 2013

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Schuitmaker bill improves access to autism treatment

LANSING, Mich.—A bill introduced in the Michigan Senate, sponsored by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, will make it easier for families to obtain care and treatment for loved ones coping with autism. Senate Bill 204 would prohibit insurance companies from covering autism services differently than other outpatient medical services.

“Last year the Legislature worked with Lieutenant Governor Calley on making autism treatment more readily available,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “Unfortunately, since the law took effect, we have seen some insurance companies exploit loopholes by placing additional—often unreasonable—requirements on patients needing treatment. This legislation will ensure that autism patients are not subject to additional rules.”

Michigan's Autism Insurance Reform law went into effect last October. Health insurance companies regulated by the state are required to provide an autism benefit to its insured members covering services related to the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism. 

To get around the law, some insurance companies are only covering autism treatment if a diagnosis is obtained at an approved Autism Evaluation Center. This requirement imposes a burden on many families because there are only five centers located in the state and they are primarily concentrated in Southeast Michigan.

“This bill is part of a larger effort to treat autism and the pain it brings to those who are affected.  I am proud of the strides we have made already, but there is a lot more to accomplish,” Schuitmaker said. “I look forward to working with the lieutenant governor on making Michigan’s autism program one of the best in the country.”

The lieutenant governor recently announced the Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorders State Plan, which seeks to improve the way autism is diagnosed and treated. The plan calls for a comprehensive approach to improving diagnosis, treatment and coordination among professionals.

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Schuitmaker votes to uphold constitutional protections

For Immediate Release:
March 6, 2013

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Schuitmaker votes to uphold constitutional protections

LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Senate voted Tuesday to pass legislation that would prohibit state law enforcement agencies and the National Guard from participating in the unlawful investigation or detention of U.S. citizens.

Senate Bill 94 would prohibit state agencies, local governments and the Michigan National Guard from aiding the U.S. Armed Forces in the investigation, prosecution or detention of a person if such aid would violate the U.S. Constitution, Michigan Constitution, or other state law.

“This bill guarantees that Michigan law enforcement agencies and the Michigan National Guard will spend their time protecting Michigan residents and not detaining them in violation of their rights,” said Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “Warrantless arrests and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens is unacceptable, and this bill sends a message that Michigan will not tolerate its state agencies participating in those activities.”     

Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, sponsored the legislation.

“Today, the Michigan Senate stands historically with the senators from 1855,” said Jones.  “In 1855, Michigan stood against the federal fugitive slave act. The liberty law was passed and gave escaped slaves habeas corpus and trial by jury.  Today with SB 94 we are saying that if the federal government grabs a citizen off the street and holds him against his will without charges that we will not assist with that unconstitutional act.”

“I fully support efforts to protect our people from terrorist attacks, but we cannot sacrifice our freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution to an over-aggressive federal government,” Schuitmaker added. “Every U.S. citizen is granted protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to due process and a speedy trial. If a citizen is suspected of being a threat to our safety, there are already processes in place for dealing with that.” 

Under Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, the President is given authority to instruct the U.S. Armed Forces to detain certain persons under the laws of war. This section could be interpreted to mean a U.S. citizen living in the United States.

Senate Bill 94 passed unanimously and has been sent to the House of Representatives.  

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