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

Rep. LaFave talks about his HB 4332, which would permit the use of pneumatic air bows in Michigan.  The bows utilize compressed air, and Rep. LaFave says their use would open new hunting opportunities for people with physical limitations that prevent them from using a firearm or pulling back the string on a bow.  The…

Rep. Brad Paquette, R-Berrien Springs; audio on teacher appreciation stipend legislation

Rep. Paquette talks about legislation he plans to introduce this week creating a voluntary Michigan income tax checkoff to support a new Made a Difference Teacher Initiative Fund, which would provide stipends for teachers nominated by students at least five years out of school.  Rep. Paquette is  teacher who says being remembered by former students…

Rep. Graham Filler, R-DeWitt; audio on raise the age criminal justice reform

House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Graham Filler talks about final House passage Wednesday of bipartisan legislation to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system.  Rep. Filler says raising the age is front-end justice reform that will cut down on recidivism and save taxpayer dollars, while keeping…

Rep. Phil Green, R-Millington; audio on 2020 budget

Rep. Green says he has been hearing from his neighbors in the last couple of weeks about how the Governor’s line-item vetoes in the state’s 2020 budget are hurting people, ranging from individuals needing health care to families with an autistic child.  

Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann; audio on impact of scrapping Pure Michigan

House Transportation Committee Chairman Jack O’Malley says he’s concerned about what the loss of Pure Michigan would mean to his district along the Sleeping Bear dunes, but adds the entire state, including its largest city, will suffer.  Pure Michigan funding was line item vetoed from the state’s 2020 Fiscal Year budget by the Governor last…

Rep. Mike Mueller, R-Linden; audio on restoration of road patrol funding

Rep. Mueller talks about his new legislation to restore important funding allowing more deputies to patrol on Michigan roads.  Secondary road patrol money was stripped out of the state budget through a line-item veto by Gov. Whitmer last week.  Rep. Mueller, a retired, 19-year deputy sheriff,  says public safety needs to be a priority of…