Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs first bill into law

On Thursday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the bipartisan Senate Bill 87 to amend the Revised Judicature Act. This bill will retain a judgeship in the 95th-A District Court (Menominee County) that was slated for elimination. Senator Ed McBroom (SD-38) sponsored the bill and joined the governor for the bill signing along with Rep. Sara Cambensy (HD-109), Rep. Beau LaFave (HD-108), Rep. Greg Markkanen (HD-110), and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement.

SB 87 passed in both chambers in the Michigan Legislature unanimously. Preserving this seat will help the community establish a drug treatment court to combat the opioid epidemic in this part of the state.

“This bill will ensure that the people of Menominee County have access to our judicial system and those struggling with addiction will have access to drug treatment court,” said Whitmer. “I look forward to working with Senator McBroom and my partners in the Legislature to pass more bipartisan legislation that helps the people of Michigan moving forward.”

McBroom introduced SB 87 after the current district court judge for the 95th-A district, Judge Jeffrey Barstow, announced plans to retire on March 31st, 2019. Under the current act, this would eliminate the district judge position.