Michigan’s Preventable Deaths

Recently, studies have shown that preventable deaths - deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide in Michigan - are supposed to increase by 44 percent in the next decade. Obviously to prevent all of these deaths is impossible, but it is alarming that so many of these deaths occur annually and even daily. 

The reason why I am bringing this to the caucus is solely because they are preventable and basically the people that are dying for these reasons are doing it to themselves. Through policy changes and education, I believe that these preventable deaths can be limited. 

Bullying in Michigan

Believe it or not, Michigan is notorious for being the worst state in the country for bullying. Bullying is classified as using pressure or force to get someone to do something for you or make them feel bad about themselves. Since we all have attended high school, we all understand that bullying does exist and does ruin kids’ lives. There are many different types of bullying, and they all are equally harmful. 

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Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Legality of Marijuana

Currently in Michigan, Marijuana is legal for medical purposes only and cannot be used recreationally. Throughout the state, there are many dispensaries making marijuana readily available for patients use. (http://statelaws.findlaw.com/michigan-law/michigan-marijuana-laws.html) All of this legalization of marijuana is a recent trend and an extensive amount of science research has been conducted. There have been both pros and cons from the legalization of marijuana.

Public Safety and Crime...

Public Safety and Crime concentrated in areas in Michigan are an extreme threat facing the state. Despite crime state wide reducing over the years, many cities in Michigan are top in the country in crime. Specifically cities like Detroit, Flint, Saginaw and Pontiac are all among the most dangerous cities in the nation. To have a handful of cities within one state ranking deadlier than almost any city in any state poses significant issues to the overall well being of the state. "Detroit’s violent crime rate of 2,072 per 100,000 residents was the highest in the nation last year.

Youth Drug Awareness Programs

Either in elementary school or middle school, most students go through an anti-drug program. The program that was common in the neighborhood I am from is call DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). The coordinators of DARE after years of low success rates have come to the conclusions that their program is not keeping kids away from drugs. 75% of the school districts across the country are taught by DARE. It helped start the “Just say No” campaign that was supposed to make students say no to drugs and raise their self-esteem.

Getting Tried As an Adult

In the State of Michigan, courts can try a citizen for a crime as an adult at the age of 17 (http://www.michigan.gov/fyit/0,4585,7-240-44299-160950--,00.html). This has been a very controversial issue in the State of Michigan as many people oppose this law and think the age cutoff is too young. In the past in Michigan, the age was even younger and many teenagers are still in prison for crimes they committed years ago. If you are interested in learning more about these specific stories and the law please check out this link...

MIP Law Change

In the state of Michigan, there is a law called a Minor in Possession or a MIP. This law was once a Misdemeanor that would give a person under the age of 21 a criminal record with probation up to 6 months. You could get charged with a MIP if you either were holding an open bottle of liquor or you have consumed liquor. This law is especially prevalent to kids our age since we are still under the age of 21 and alcohol becomes a socially acceptable activity in your early years of college. 

Michigan’s Preventable Deaths

Recently, studies have shown that preventable deaths - deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide in Michigan - are supposed to increase by 44 percent in the next decade. Obviously to prevent all of these deaths is impossible, but it is alarming that so many of these deaths occur annually and even daily. 

The reason why I am bringing this to the caucus is solely because they are preventable and basically the people that are dying for these reasons are doing it to themselves. Through policy changes and education, I believe that these preventable deaths can be limited. 

Bullying in Michigan

Believe it or not, Michigan is notorious for being the worst state in the country for bullying. Bullying is classified as using pressure or force to get someone to do something for you or make them feel bad about themselves. Since we all have attended high school, we all understand that bullying does exist and does ruin kids’ lives. There are many different types of bullying, and they all are equally harmful. 

Legality of Marijuana

Currently in Michigan, Marijuana is legal for medical purposes only and cannot be used recreationally. Throughout the state, there are many dispensaries making marijuana readily available for patients use. (http://statelaws.findlaw.com/michigan-law/michigan-marijuana-laws.html) All of this legalization of marijuana is a recent trend and an extensive amount of science research has been conducted. There have been both pros and cons from the legalization of marijuana.

Public Safety and Crime...

Public Safety and Crime concentrated in areas in Michigan are an extreme threat facing the state. Despite crime state wide reducing over the years, many cities in Michigan are top in the country in crime. Specifically cities like Detroit, Flint, Saginaw and Pontiac are all among the most dangerous cities in the nation. To have a handful of cities within one state ranking deadlier than almost any city in any state poses significant issues to the overall well being of the state. "Detroit’s violent crime rate of 2,072 per 100,000 residents was the highest in the nation last year.

Youth Drug Awareness Programs

Either in elementary school or middle school, most students go through an anti-drug program. The program that was common in the neighborhood I am from is call DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). The coordinators of DARE after years of low success rates have come to the conclusions that their program is not keeping kids away from drugs. 75% of the school districts across the country are taught by DARE. It helped start the “Just say No” campaign that was supposed to make students say no to drugs and raise their self-esteem.

Getting Tried As an Adult

In the State of Michigan, courts can try a citizen for a crime as an adult at the age of 17 (http://www.michigan.gov/fyit/0,4585,7-240-44299-160950--,00.html). This has been a very controversial issue in the State of Michigan as many people oppose this law and think the age cutoff is too young. In the past in Michigan, the age was even younger and many teenagers are still in prison for crimes they committed years ago. If you are interested in learning more about these specific stories and the law please check out this link...

MIP Law Change

In the state of Michigan, there is a law called a Minor in Possession or a MIP. This law was once a Misdemeanor that would give a person under the age of 21 a criminal record with probation up to 6 months. You could get charged with a MIP if you either were holding an open bottle of liquor or you have consumed liquor. This law is especially prevalent to kids our age since we are still under the age of 21 and alcohol becomes a socially acceptable activity in your early years of college. 

Gang Recruitment of Kids

A gang is an organized group of people committing acts of crime. In areas where crime rates are high, there is usually a strong presence of gangs too. In Detroit, there has been a history of gangs in both the city of Detroit and in the suburbs surrounding it. Recently, there has been a strong presence of youth involvement in these gangs and the high crime rate amongst youth can be blamed to this high involvement in gangs.

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Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

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