Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant; audio on retirement benefit legislation in committee
Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter testifies before the House Local Government Committee Thursday on the multi-bill package to reform municipal post employment benefits, saying he hopes to shine a light on a serious problem for many local governments across Michigan.
Rep. Poleski, one of the sponsors of the House package to reform municipal employee retirement in Michigan, says a growing problem requires a legislative response.
Rep. Lauwers talks about his House Bill 6075, which concentrates on bringing greater transparency to municipal post employment benefits and to what their costs mean to individual residents.
Rep. Canfield talks about Wednesday’s House passage of HB5533, which updates the Public Health Code as it pertains to physicians assistants. Rep. Canfield, a physician, says the legislation clarifies state law and takes out some outdated language.
Rep. Pscholka talks about House passage Tuesday of his HB 5847, which prohibits gutting the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund in years that the annual growth rate increases, and limits withdrawals to 25 percent of the total in years when the growth rate drops below zero.
Rep. Lauwers talks about House passage Tuesday of his House Bills 5889 and 5890, which ensures farmers receive sales and use tax exemptions when buying grain bins and grain handling equipment. Rep. Lauwers introduced the legislation after a business owner in Almont was denied the grain bins exemption and had to spend thousands of dollars fighting the…
Rep. Barrett talks about House passage Tuesday of his HB 5876, which gives the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) new authority to inspect and report on the status of state veteran homes; the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) will retain its role operating the homes.
Rep. Lauwers talks about his election Thursday as the House Majority Floor Leader for the 2017-2018 session of the Michigan House, saying the job is like that of an air traffic controller and offering his support for the next House Speaker, Rep. Tom Leonard of DeWitt.
Rep. Glenn talks about his election Thursday as the Associate Speaker Pro Tem of the Michigan House for 2017-2018 and says he looks forward to bringing almost four decades of public policy experience to House leadership.
Rep. Leonard talks about his election Thursday by the House Republican Caucus as its leader for the 2017-2018 House session. He will be formally elected Speaker by the full House on January 11. Rep. Leonard says he looks forward to building consensus and working on issues like career technical education and mental health reform. …
Rep. Cole wishes veterans in his district a happy Veterans Day and encourages veterans to get in touch with his office if they need assistance getting the benefits they have earned.
Rep. Cole talks about how he looks forward to spending time with his family during Michigan firearm deer season.
House Majority Floor Leader Aric Nesbitt looks ahead to the lame duck session of the Michigan House that began Wednesday, and says lawmakers will use the final weeks of 2016 to continue to lead Michigan in a better direction.
With the House back at the state Capitol for its post-election session, House Speaker Kevin Cotter looks toward lame duck and says there could be a focus on energy policy.
House Communications and Technology Committee Chair Brad Jacobsen talks about a four-bill package of Senate legislation (SB 995-998) currently pending in his committee that he says will help provide the legal framework to make Michigan a leader in the design, testing and production of autonomous vehicles.
Rep. Price talks about the signing into law Thursday of her HB 4822, a comprehensive literacy measure designed to make sure Michigan students are reading at grade level as they leave the third grade. Rep. Price says the new law, PA 306 of 2016, will help open doors for students and draws upon the input…