HOUSE BILL No. 4217

 

 

February 15, 2017, Introduced by Reps. Farrington, Yaroch, Noble, Lucido, Barrett, Bellino, Santana, Pagan, Chang, Marino, Hornberger, Webber, Yanez, Griffin, Faris, Runestad, Robinson, LaFave, Howrylak, Lilly, Frederick, Chirkun, Hughes, Sheppard, Love, Allor, Kahle, Cole and Lasinski and referred to the Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.

 

     A bill to create a veterans' suicide prevention task force

 

within the Michigan veterans affairs agency; and to prescribe

 

duties for certain state officials.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1. No later than December 1, 2017, the Michigan veterans

 

affairs agency shall form a special internal task force

 

specifically named the Michigan veterans' suicide prevention task

 

force. The duties of the task force are both of the following:

 

     (a) To investigate the causes and prevention of suicides among

 

returning Michigan veterans of the United States military.

 

     (b) To prepare and present a comprehensive public report of

 

its findings as provided in section 3.

 

     Sec. 2. (1) The Michigan veterans' suicide prevention task

 

force created in section 1 shall consist of 8 members as follows:

 


     (a) One member appointed by the speaker of the house of

 

representatives.

 

     (b) One member appointed by the minority leader of the house

 

of representatives.

 

     (c) One member appointed by the secretary of the senate.

 

     (d) One member appointed by the senate minority leader.

 

     (e) One member chosen by the director of the Michigan veterans

 

affairs agency who is a representative of that agency.

 

     (f) One member chosen by the director of the department of

 

military and veterans affairs who is a representative from that

 

department.

 

     (g) Two members chosen by the director of the department of

 

health and human services who are representatives from that

 

department.

 

     (2) The member appointed by the speaker of the house of

 

representatives shall act as the chair of the Michigan veterans'

 

suicide prevention task force.

 

     (3) The Michigan veterans' suicide prevention task force shall

 

meet periodically at the discretion of the chair to investigate and

 

form recommendations concerning the issue of suicides among

 

Michigan veterans.

 

     (4) The members of the Michigan veterans' suicide prevention

 

task force shall serve without compensation.

 

     (5) The Michigan veterans affairs agency shall provide

 

administrative and other support to the Michigan veterans' suicide

 

prevention task force.

 

     Sec. 3. The Michigan veterans' suicide prevention task force


shall compile and present a comprehensive report of its findings,

 

including any recommendations for legislation, to the house of

 

representatives and the senate on or before December 1, 2018.

 

     Sec. 4. The Michigan veterans' suicide prevention task force

 

shall be dissolved after presentation of its report as described in

 

section 3.

 

     Enacting section 1. This act takes effect 90 days after the

 

date it is enacted into law.