#FF: House Rs lead prison reforms

In this week’s #FollowFriday, we review a package to reform prison sentencing and improve outcomes for Michiganders   Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, is eager to get the legislative ball rolling on prison reform to improve the state’s sentencing guidelines. Aiming to reduce recidivism in the Great Lake State, he has been examining how to keep offenders out…

#FF: What’s ahead for the Michigan Legislature

Welcome to this week’s edition of #FollowFriday. Instead of looking back at previous bills, this week we are looking ahead at what is still to come before the end of the 2014 legislative term. Three of the top issues that the House will be working on before the New Year are education, building better and more sustainable…

#FF: Lawmakers crack down on physician fraud, protect Michigan patients

Welcome to this week’s Follow Friday, where we highlight four bills that were approved by the Michigan House and are headed to the Senate floor in the coming weeks. The four-bill package was introduced by state Reps. Jeff Farrington, Pat Somerville, Klint Kesto and Peter Pettalia, to better protect patients being treated by physicians who are…

#FF: Funding a Brighter Future in Michigan

Welcome to this week’s Follow Friday, where we will highlight three bills approved this week in the Michigan House will help ensure a brighter future for some of Michigan’s citizens who are most in need.  House Bill 5444 and House Bills 5412 and 5413 offer new opportunities for both foster children and low income individuals, opening…

#FF Child support reforms help our children toward a #BrighterFuture

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday, where we look at bills that tackle the complex and sometimes burdensome process of securing child support agreements. The Michigan House and Senate have been hard at work on a nearly 25 bill package to help streamline and improve the process of agreeing on child support payments. A few highlights…

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#FF: Conservation Act initiative preserves state wildlife, citizens’ will

Protect and conserve A petition to manage and protect Michigan’s beautiful wildlife passed the Senate last week and requires only one more legislative body’s vote of confidence to take effect. Supported by nearly 300,000 Michiganders who exercised their constitutional right to petition state government, the Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act decrees the DNR’s Natural Resources Commission be…

#FF: Providing necessary tools to help save loved ones

Welcome to the latest edition of #FollowFriday! Earlier this spring, House Bills 5404-5407 were introduced in the House, allowing family, friends and first responders to administer a life-saving drug to recovering addicts during an accidental overdose. Addiction is a very difficultissue to overcome as most recovering addicts will tell you, and fatal heroin overdoses have…

#FF: House Republicans take a common-sense approach to administrative regulations

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday, where we will be highlighting some of the common-sense changes the Republican-led House is making to Michigan’s administrative rules and regulations! In 2011, Republican leadership worked with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to modernize and update the state’s administrative laws. The goal was to strike a balance…

#FF: A salute to Michigan’s veterans

Rep. Nancy Jenkins is the sponsor of House Bill 5529, part of a legislative package to better connect Michigan veterans with their benefits Welcome to the newest edition of #FollowFriday! Earlier this month, House Bills 5529-5535 were introduced. The purpose of the seven-bill package was two-fold — to inform veterans about their benefits and to…

#FF: NOTICE OF BILL INTRODUCTION

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! Yesterday, a bill was introduced by four legislators – Reps. Amanda Price, David Rutledge, Andy Schor and  Rob VerHeulen – to modernize our public notice laws and put taxpayer dollars to more efficient use. Currently, local governments are required by law to print public notices in the newspaper anywhere from one to…

#FF: A second chance for a brighter future

Welcome to the latest edition of #FollowFriday! Earlier this week, the Michigan House approved House Bills 5216-5218 in an effort to lower recidivism rates among our state’s parolees and encourage those parolees to re-enter the workforce. The bills allow the Michigan Department of Corrections to issue certificates of employability to parolees when they are released…

#FF: House Republicans prove balanced, responsible approach to budget negotiations is best

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! We are now more than halfway through budget season, so let’s dig a little deeper into how budgets are discussed, voted on, passed and signed into law each year — and examine more ways House Democrats are attempting to drive us back to the days of deficit spending. As discussed last time, House Republicans have worked tirelessly…

#FF: Road work ahead, thanks to new transportation bills

Speaker Bolger presents the House roads plan to the House Transportation Committee Thursday morning. Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! Four bills are beginning their legislative journey in the Michigan House, ensuring more resources will be dedicated to our state’s roadways thanks to better investment of taxpayer dollars. The bills will make structural changes in the…

#FF: House Republicans take action while House Democrats play politics

Welcome to this week’s #FollowFriday! As we near the middle of budget season, it’s important to see how budgets are discussed, voted on, passed and signed into law each year. Over the next few weeks, we will go over Republican proposals to continue moving Michigan forward, even as some Democrats work to drive us back…