Marleau bill removing derogatory language now law

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed legislation on Thursday updating state law by removing outdated language now considered offensive when referring to children with disabilities, said bill sponsor Sen. Jim Marleau.

“This new law reflects the diversity and strengths of all of our children,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “Removing the outdated language was long overdue.”

Marleau’s measure, Senate Bill 113 (now Public Act 93 of 2015), is part of a six-bill, bipartisan package of Senate and House bills that remove all offensive references to “crippled children” from state law.

The references in law will now be described as “children or youth with special health care needs.”

The bills are now Public Acts 89 – 94.

Marleau encourages residents to fish for free on June 13–14

LANSING, Mich. — Michiganders and out-of-state visitors can enjoy two days of free fishing this weekend, June 13 and 14, said state Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion.

“I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the weekend than to get out and fish Michigan’s beautiful lakes and rivers,” Marleau said. “I hope everyone takes advantage of the free fishing this weekend.”

The twice-per-year free fishing event, put on by the state Department of Natural Resources, waives all fishing license fees so participants may fish both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish at no charge. All fishing regulations still apply.

For more information on the Summer Free Fishing Weekend, including a list of activities across the state, visit

Marleau announces $250,000 business development grant

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Marleau announced that $250,000 in grant money from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has been awarded to Bmax USA for the company to establish its first North American facility in the city of Pontiac.

Bmax is a provider of advanced metal processing technology solutions with broad, cross-sectional applications including the energy, automotive, aerospace and packaging industries.

“This is wonderful news not only for Bmax, but for the city of Pontiac as well,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “The company is expected to invest more than $4.3 million in this project and create 26 jobs. I welcome Bmax to Oakland County.”

Marleau said Bmax chose Michigan over a competing site in Ohio and that the company is being awarded a Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The city of Pontiac has offered support to the project in the form of hiring a relocation service consultant.

For more information on Bmax USA, including career opportunities, visit