Rep. Thomas Albert comments on legislation he introduced on Tuesday to reform Michigan’s public school employee pension system by closing the system to new hires and introducing a more-modern 401K program. Rep. Albert says the current pension system has unfunded liabilities of about $40 billion.
Rep. Kahle talks about her work this week on the passage of House Resolution 96, that designates May 14-20 as “Infant See Week” in Michigan. “Infant See” is a one-time, no-cost vision assessment for infants between the ages of six and twelve months. Rep Kahle says constituents can contact her office at (517) 373-1706 to…
Rep. Howell talks about Thursday’s House passage of a bipartisan package he co-sponsored that gives community colleges and workforce development agencies better access to unemployment insurance data to help them craft and modify career training programs.
Rep. Cole speaks on the House floor Thursday afternoon, prior to House passage of his HB 4205, which would prohibit state agencies from adopting rules more stringent than federal regulations, legislation he calls his “no greater than the feds” bill.
Rep. Runestad talks about House passage Wednesday of his House Joint Resolution C, which would place before the voters an amendment to the Michigan Constitution that requires government to obtain a search warrant to obtain a person’s electronic data or electronic communications. The measure now moves to the Michigan Senate.
House Appropriations Committee member Rep. John Bizon, M.D., says that as Representatives move into the final stretch of work on the state’s 2018 Fiscal Year budget, the fluid state of health care reform at the federal level will impact the work done in Lansing.
Rep. Lauwers talks about unanimous House passage Tuesday of HB 4424, sponsored by Marquette Rep. John Kivela, who passed away last week. The legislation would penalize anyone who brings the carcass of a deer or elk infected with Chronic Wasting Disease into Michigan. Violations could be punished by up to 90 days in jail and…
Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Twp.; audio on committee passage of courthouse employee assault legislation
Rep. LaSata talks about passage Tuesday by the House Law and Justice Committee of a bipartisan, three-bill package, including legislation she is sponsoring, that toughens penalties for assaults on courtroom personnel. The Berrien County Circuit Court experienced the deaths of two bailiffs during an assault in the summer of 2016.
In a week when Representatives will see new revenue projections for the next fiscal year, House Appropriations Committee member Rep. Mary Whiteford says there is already good news to share about funding for public education, police, firefighters and roads.
Rep. Whiteford talks about the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Salmon in the Classroom program and how students in Fennville recently planted salmon in the Kalamazoo River. Salmon in the Classroom allows enables students across the state to raise salmon from fall until spring, at which time the salmon are released in a local waterway…
Rep. VanderWall talks about how the House Agriculture Committee this Wednesday will take up his HB4562, which removes the September 30, 2017 expiration date of the state’s Agricultural Disaster Loan Program. Rep. VanderWall says frost damage just this week underscores the importance of the program. The Committee is expected to take testimony Wednesday and then vote the bill on…
Rep. Dr. Ned Canfield, D.O., the chair of the budget committee shaping the spending plan for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, says a federal health care reform plan will need to give the states more authority and flexibility. A primary care physician in Michigan’s Thumb, Dr. Canfield believes improved state and local flexibility…
House Appropriations Committee member Dr. John Bizon talks about the $4.3 billion Michigan Department of Transportation budget approved by the House this week, saying it puts more dollars into roads by selling two state aircraft and leveraging toll credits. Rep. Bizon adds that, going forward, the state needs to more effectively utilize paving technology.
Speaker Leonard talks with reporters on the House floor on Thursday afternoon, saying while teacher retirement reform legislation has not been submitted, he sees protecting both teachers and taxpayers as a priority.
Rep. Canfield talks about wind power overlays as an issue best decided at the local level, and says residents in his Thumb district are suited to make decisions for themselves.
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia; audio on House passage of 2018 state budget
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Laura Cox talks about House passage Tuesday of the state’s 2018 Fiscal Year budget, calling the budget a spending plan that sets priorities while protecting the state’s most vulnerable residents.