Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on signing of UP judgeship legislation

Rep. LaFave talks about the signing of legislation by the Governor Thursday that will retain the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County, a move that in turn will retain the current level of access to the court systems in Iron and Dickinson Counties. In the absence of the new law, the 95-A judgeship would…

Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Houghton; audio on signing of UP judgeship legislation

Rep. Markkanen talks about the signing of legislation by the Governor Thursday that will retain the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County, a move that in turn will retain the current level of access to the court systems in Iron and Dickinson Counties.   In the absence of the new law, the 95-A judgeship…

Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona; audio on new boating and fishing laws

Rep. Cole talks about new laws taking effect in Michigan on Thursday which require boaters to check their vessels for aquatic invasive species and to drain water from live wells and bilges.  Another measure prohibits the release of bait into Michigan waters, with the exception of bait caught and then released in the same waterway….

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on committee work on opioid antagonist legislation

Rep. Vaupel, the Chair of the House Health Policy Committee, talks about consideration by the committee at its meeting Thursday of legislation that expands the list of individuals who can administer opioid antagonists to include Corrections Officers, while providing enhanced training to first responders to differentiate between opioid overdoses and cardiac arrests.      

Rep. Shane Hernandez, R-Port Huron; audio on funding for higher education

Rep. Hernandez, the Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, talks about Governor Whitmer’s budget proposal that would once again fund higher education and community colleges with General Fund dollars instead of revenue from the School Aid Fund, saying a gradual move back to the General Fund might be more practical than making the switch in…

Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann; audio on road funding

House Transportation Committee Chair Jack O’Malley talks about on-going efforts to improve Michigan roads, saying alternative plans are in the works and noting that the 2019 construction season will get started shortly.  

Rep. Steve Johnson, R-Kent County; audio on wrongful conviction legislation

Rep. Johnson talks about House passage Tuesday of his HB 4286, which ensures people who have been exonerated of a crime will receive the compensation due to them from the state.   The compensation fund currently has just a few hundred thousand dollars;  the Johnson measure will add $10 million for the balance of the 2019…

Rep. Luke Meerman, R-Coopersville; audio on local library legislation

Rep. Meerman talks about House passage this week of his HB 4119, which makes a small fix in a 2006 law to allow several local libraries in Michigan, including ones in Allendale and Georgetown, to remain eligible for state aid and revenue from fees so they can continue offering the same services.