bills that have become law
Protections for senior citizens
He gave an extra measure of security to vulnerable adults who use foster care by requiring criminal background checks on employees of adult foster care homes. His legislation (P.A. 59 of 2004) also prohibits homes from employing persons convicted of certain crimes.
Gary amended the Estates and Protected Individuals Code to require that legal guardians provide a copy of reports on their wards' estates to the ward, the ward's family and to other interested persons (P.A. 313 of 2000).
He required truth in advertising for Alzheimer's care by mandating that nursing homes that advertise they provide services for Alzheimer's patients must provide a written description of those services to prospective clients (P.A. 500 of 2000).
Tax credit for adoption expenses
"Report card" for HMOs
Helping get rid of dangerous buildings
Ending unfair tax practices
Another loophole in the tax laws was allowing certain industrial properties to avoid paying the same property tax administration fee that homeowners pay. Gary fixed that with legislation (P.A. 157 of 2001) that made industry pay its fair share, generating about $45,000 annually to the city of Dearborn's budget alone.
Homeland security enhancements
He also strengthened laws against false crime reports, which can be made with the intent of causing panic, by adding 9-1-1 operators to the list of persons to whom making false reports is a crime. (P.A. 104 of 2004) The law previously did not specify emergency operators, but the majority of crimes are reported to civilian employees of 9-1-1 centers. The bill was supported by the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.
Campaign finance reform
Consumer protection for
State Rep. Gary Woronchak at work in the House chambers at the state Capitol