Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on pneumatic hunting weapon legislation

Rep. LaFave talks about his HB 5180, which breaks down barriers for outdoor enthusiasts with physical limitations and gives them the freedom to hunt on their own using pneumatic weapons.  The legislation has already passed through the House and will be pending before the Senate Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Committee this Fall.  

Rep. Jason Wentworth, R-Clare; audio on rural development legislation

Rep. Wentworth talks about his HB 6064, now pending before the full Michigan House,  which aims to give small job creators in counties with populations of 200,000 or less additional access to investments, providing new employment and growing rural economies.  The plan creates the Rural Development Creation Fund within the State Treasury.   Rep. Wentworth notes that…

Rep. Mike Webber, R-Rochester; audio on Michigan and autonomous vehicles

Rep. Webber, the Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee, says a legislative package signed into law in 2016 creating guidelines for autonomous vehicle operations and establishing the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run in state law, has already helped move Michigan forward as a center of technology and innovation.  Rep. Webber adds that…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on mental health crisis hotline legislation

Rep. Whiteford talks about her HB 6202, which would establish a mental health telephone hotline referral system within the Michigan Department of Human Services.  Rep. Whiteford, who has worked as an emergency room nurse, says trained professionals answering a call could assess the needs of an individual and refer them to a behavioral health professional…

Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Twp.; audio on signing of 2018-2019 public education budget

Rep. Kelly, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid, talks about the signing Thursday of the state’s 2018-2019 budget for public education.  Rep. Kelly says the plans spends a record $14.8 billion on K-12 education, with increases of up to $240 per pupil, while providing additional support for early childhood programs, literacy…

Rep. Julie Calley, R-Portland; audio on summer reading program

Rep. Calley talks about her summer reading program for school kids in Ionia and Barry Counties.  Children are encouraged to read as many books as they can through August. The titles of completed books and number of pages read can be recorded on a bookmark provided to the libraries by Rep. Calley or downloaded and printed…

Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on air ambulance legislation

Rep. LaFave talks about his HB 5219, currently pending before the full Michigan Senate.   The legislation requires air ambulance operators to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without having a…

Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte; audio on Post Traumatic Stress Injury Day on June 27

Rep. Barrett, an Iraqi War veteran, talks about his House Resolution 353, which declares June 27th as Post Traumatic Stress Injury Day in Michigan.  Rep. Barrett says a reference to a stress injury, as opposed to a stress disorder, better reflects the reality of a situation experienced by thousands of Michiganders, both veterans and the…

Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Twp.; audio on school safety priorities

Rep. Kelly, the Chair of the House School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee, says the coming school year will see enhanced safety at K-12 schools and college campuses, including provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities and dramatically increased expansion of the state’s OK2SAY school safety program.  

Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on additional dollars for school safety

Rep. Howell talks about his HB 6027, which would allow Michigan residents the option of voting to allow school sinking fund dollars for local school safety personnel.  Rep. Howell says the idea was brought to him by school administrators in his district.  Sinking fund dollars are currently restricted to use for school infrastructure and Rep….

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on mental health reform

Rep. Whiteford, who worked as a nurse prior to serving in the Michigan House, says the current House session has seen an increased focus on mental health issues, but that more needs to be done.  Rep. Whiteford serves as a member of the House CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety) Task Force which has…