Rep. Pauline Wendzel, R-Berrien County; audio on introduction of expungement legislation

Rep. Wendzel talks about the introduction this week of bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation to streamline the expungement process for misdemeanors and low-level felonies.  Rep. Wendzel says the plan will help people who have been out of the system for a while rebuild their lives while providing more hiring options for local businesses.    …

Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Houghton; audio on 2020 school funding

Rep. Markkanen says that, contrary to statements made by the Governor, the Michigan House has approved a 2020 public education budget that increases funding for every student in the state, adding he is troubled the administration would leverage school kids to push a for 45-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase.  

Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann; audio on House passage of cherry resolution

Rep. O’Malley speaks on the House floor Wednesday afternoon in favor of his House Resolution 143, which supports the U.S. cherry industry’s petition before the U.S. International Trade Commission stating unfair trade practices against Turkey.  Rep. O’Malley argues quick action is needed to protect Michigan’s cherry industry.      

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on state response to teen vaping

House Health Policy Committee Chair Rep. Hank Vaupel says the state response to teen vaping, including a new law barring the sale of e-cigarettes to individuals under 21 and the ban announced Wednesday on the sale of flavored vape products, reflects the gravity of what is becoming a serious, statewide health problem.  

Rep. Matt Hall, R-Marshall; audio on emotional support animal legislation

Rep. Hall talks about his new legislation that establishes a legal framework to protect both property owners and individuals with emotional support animals in rental situations.  Rep. Hall says  current law is vague and that his plan will provide more guidance for all parties in a scenarios where a lease is involved.      

Rep. Rodney Wakeman, R-Saginaw Twp.; audio on 2020 state budget

Rep. Wakeman talks about the budget for the state’s 2020 Fiscal Year approved by the Michigan House earlier this summer, saying no one wants a government shut down and that he is focused on making sure every cent in taxes paid at the pump goes toward roads.  

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on vaping epidemic

Rep. Albert, who authored House legislation banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors in Michigan, says news stories across Michigan and the United States about a spike in vaping-related lung infections demonstrate the need for the legislation, which is now state law.  Rep. Albert calls the impact of vaping on Michigan’s young people a “wild…

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on special education funding

Rep. Albert talks about his new legislation to grant all Intermediate School Districts in Michigan that raise at least $690 per pupil through their local millage for special education an additional 1 percent reimbursement from the state.  Rep. Albert says inequitable funding in special ed is a statewide issue and that all students suffer when…