Rep. Joe Graves, R-Argentine Twp.; audio on introduction of UIA reform package

Rep. Graves, the Chair of the House Oversight Committee, talks about a bipartisan package of bills unveiled Thursday designed to reform the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency in the wake of thousands of erroneous determinations of fraud through a computer glitch between 2013 and 2015.  Rep. Graves says the new plan provides clarity, restores integrity, and…

Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on House passage Youth Hunt expansion

Rep. Howell talks about House passage Thursday of his HB 4957, which expands the Mentored Youth Hunt in Michigan to include antlerless deer, bear and elk.  Howell said he developed the legislation after speaking with a 7-year old Lapeer County resident, Hayden Vaneck, who felt the program was too limited.  Hayden spoke in support of…

Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake; audio on House passage of Sandhill crane resolution

Rep. Lower talks about House passage Wednesday of HR 154, which encourages the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to add Sandhill cranes to the game species list and seek approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a hunting season in Michigan.  Rep. Lower says the population of the bird is increasing rapidly and that…

Rep. Bronna Kahle, R-Clinton; audio on career technical education legislation

Rep. Kahle talks about the introduction Wednesday of a bi-partisan, five-bill package of legislation, including a bill she is sponsoring, designed to expand the instruction of skilled trades to help develop professional skills. This legislation will provide Michigan’s students with career exploration and essential skills to bolster each student’s education and success after graduation.  

Rep. Aaron Miller, R-Sturgis; audio on auto insurance reform

Rep. Miller talks about legislation currently pending in the House Insurance Committee to reform no-fault auto insurance in Michigan, saying the issue is an emotional one and that he is working to craft a solution guaranteeing current benefits and providing more options for coverage.  

Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington; audio on license plate tab legislation

Rep. VanderWall talks about testifying Tuesday morning in the House Transportation Committee on his HB 4535, which provides a 30-day extension for individuals to apply their license plate renewal tab after they register their vehicle.  Rep. VanderWall says he expects the plan to be reported to the full House next week.  

Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp; audio on ship ballast water discharge legislation

Rep. Glenn talks about HB 5095, a bill he is co-sponsoring, that would employ U.S. Coast Guard regulations as the standard for vessels releasing ballast water in Michigan’s Great Lakes waters.  Michigan’s current ballast water regulations, according to Rep. Glenn, put the state at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring states and Ontario, all of whom…

Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington; audio on ice shanty legislation in committee

Rep. VanderWall talks about testifying on behalf of his HB 4787 in the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday.  The legislation gives the Michigan Department of Natural Resources the ability to adjust ice shanty removal dates each year based on weather conditions and allows anglers to choose whether they want to put their name and address,…