Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Oakland County; audio on transportation funding

Rep. Maddock, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Michigan Department of Transportation, talks about the transportation funding plan his committee is offering to the House.  Rep. Maddock says plans to learn the value of assets like the Bluewater Bridge also take into account the huge capital costs involved in their on-going maintenance.  

Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance; audio on distracted driving legislation

Rep. Sheppard talks about his HB 4199, which increases the penalty for texting while driving in Michigan. The plan raises the penalty from $100 for a first violation to $250, and from $200 for a second violation up to $500. HB 4199 is part of a bipartisan package that would add reading an email or…

Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Wayland Twp.; audio on school start legislation

Rep. Johnson talks about his HB 4369, which allows parents and local school boards the option of determining the start date for their local school system, rather than being forced to wait until after Labor Day.  The legislation has been approved by the House Education Committee and is currently pending before the House Ways and…

Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on hunter harassment legislation

House Natural Resources Committee Chair Rep. Gary Howell talks about discussion in the committee this past week of HB 4340, which would prohibit the recording or taping of individuals hunting or fishing. Rep. Howell says the legislation recognizes the importance of hunting and fishing in conservation and protect individuals from harassment;  the legislation remains under…