State Rep. Doug Wozniak, R-Shelby Township, today issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved his plan, House Bill 4823. His legislation would add an additional probate judgeship in Macomb County, bringing the total number allowed to three.
“Probate Court handles some of the most sensitive cases which cannot be put off for months or even weeks in many cases. While we appreciate the assistance of visiting judges to help with this caseload, we should not be reliant on them.”
“That’s why it’s good to see the Senate so quickly considering the crucial need addressed by my bill. Macomb County should’ve had an additional probate judge years ago. Both the Macomb County Probate Court and the Michigan Supreme Court have testified in support of this legislation given its importance to some of the most vulnerable residents of Macomb County.”
“With our legislative year winding down, it’s heartening to see the Senate act so swiftly to consider my plan. I’m hopeful the pace continues as the bill moves to the full Senate, where I am cautiously optimistic it will receive the same favorable consideration that it did in the House of Representatives.”
“Something as critical as school safety resources needs immediate, robust consideration to ensure the package meets all relevant needs,” Wozniak said. “My Democrat colleagues have spoken about the importance of the committee process, yet they have not held a hearing to consider the bills. It’s time for the Education Committee to honor their responsibilities to our children and hold a hearing on the bipartisan school safety plan.”
“Probate Court looks out for people in times of crisis, where time is of the essence,” said Wozniak, R-Shelby Township. “These caseloads don’t usually involve people who can wait weeks or sometimes even days for a hearing. We’re talking about orphaned children with nowhere to go, mentally ill and developmentally disabled loved ones, and folks looking for the authority to make medical decisions for incapacitated family members, and myriad of other circumstances where timely, thoughtful decisions need to be made. Macomb County needs this additional judicial position to help ensure our vulnerable family, friends and neighbors are properly served.”
“These bills would add $72 million dollars in new fees to the bills of public water customers, each year,” said Wozniak, R-Shelby Township. “The state already has too many poorly managed and underperforming programs. Macomb County residents are not clamoring for an expensive new program from which they would receive no benefit.”
“People want assurances government officials are using proceeds from the sale of property seized by the government exactly according to law,” said Wozniak, R-Shelby Township. “Corruption or even the appearance of corruption is a stain on our society. Our plan brings greater clarity to the civil asset forfeiture law by refining the process and limitations for its use.”