Rep. Julie Alexander, R-Hanover; audio on cage-free hen legislation

House Agriculture Committee Chair Rep. Julie Alexander talks about Senate legislation now awaiting the signature of the Governor that would require egg-laying hens in Michigan to be housed in a cage-free system by 2025.  Rep. Alexander says Michigan is a national leader in egg production and that industry and consumer demands are leading toward cage-free…

Rep. Julie Calley, R-Portland; audio on car insurance savings

Rep. Calley talks about the fee reduction announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association.  The MCCA will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for the year-long period beginning July 2, 2020. That is down from the current $220 per vehicle – a 55-percent savings and a direct result of reforms supported by Calley.  Rep. Calley…

Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Wayland; audio on two-year license plate renewal option

Rep. Johnson talks about his new HB 5204, which would give Michigan motorists the option of renewing their license plates for two years, as opposed to one.  Rep. Johnson says the cost would remain the same, but would streamline the process for Michigan residents wanting to bypass their annual renewal.  The bill has been referred…

Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Twp.; audio on student athlete legislation

Rep. Iden speaks at a press conference at the state Capitol Wednesday on new, bi-partisan legislation that allows student athletes to receive compensation from third parties, engage the services of an agent and profit from the use of their likeness.  Rep. Iden says the plan comes down to fairness for student athletes.  

Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland; audio on passage of highway naming legislation

Rep. Glenn talks about final House passage Tuesday of her HB 4485 which designates US-10, beginning at the intersection with Jefferson Avenue and extending east to the intersection with Bay City Road as the “Marine Lance Corporal Steven J. Szymanski Memorial Highway.”   Lance Corporal Szymanski was a Midland native who was killed on October…

Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Houghton; audio on road damage tour

Rep. Markkanen talks about his tour through Copper Country over the weekend with House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Jack O’Malley to examine damage from the 2018 Father’s Day Storm.  Rep. Markkanen says a year-and-a-half after the storm, repairs continue and additional resources are necessary.      

Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann; audio on deer baiting ban

Rep. O’Malley talks about how he has listened to his local and family businesses selling state hunting licenses, and says he is concerned about continued reports that the state’s deer baiting ban is hurting license sales, and, by extension, wildlife management.  

Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona; audio on deer baiting ban

Rep. Cole talks about the ongoing ban on deer baiting in Michigan, saying he continues to hear considerable discussion on the issue.  Rep. Cole says the best option for forcing a change in policy is for sportsmen and sportswomen to directly contact the Natural Resources Commission.