Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway; audio on House passage of grain bins legislation

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. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt; audio on serving as Speaker in 2017-2018 House session

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. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford; audio on autonomous vehicle legislation

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. Amanda Price, R-Park Twp.; audio on signing of literacy legislation

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…

Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama; audio on House passage of handyman legislation

Rep. Franz talks about House passage this week of his HB 428 and 4282, which increase the monetary limit on work an unlicensed contractor, or handyman, can perform, from $600 to $4000.  Rep. Franz says he thinks updating the limit spells good news for seniors or other Michigan residents who need work done around their…