Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on start of FY 2020 budget process

House Appropriations Committee member Rep. Mary Whiteford looks ahead to Gov. Whitmer’s presentation of her budget proposal for the state’s 2020 Fiscal Year on Tuesday.  Rep. Whiteford is the Chair of the Appropriations Health and Human Services Subcommittee and says she’s focused on an accountable and timely budget process.  

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

Rep. Sheppard talks about his legislation to increase the penalty for texting while driving in Michigan from $100 for a first violation to $250, and from $200 for a second violation up to $500.  Other legislation in the same package would add reading an email or sending a message on cellphone social media apps to…

Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe; audio on repealing the pension tax

Rep. Bellino talks about his testimony Wednesday before the House Tax Policy Committee on his plan to repeal the pension tax in Michigan, saying it balances the budget on the backs of retirees.  The legislation-HB4006- remains under consideration in Tax Policy.  

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on committee vote on fetal alcohol warning

Rep. Vaupel talks about passage Tuesday by the House Regulatory Reform Committee of his HB 4112, which would add the phrase “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix. Drinking alcoholic beverages of any type during pregnancy can cause birth defects” to existing signage on the minimum age for purchasing alcohol in restaurants, bars and retail facilities,…

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

Rep. Albert talks about his HB 4164, which would ban the sale of any device that allows minors to consume vaporized nicotine.  The Representative says 20th century tobacco laws are not sufficient to combat vaping among Michigan’s young people.  

Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann; audio on Michigan road work

Rep. O’Malley, the Chair of the House Transportation Committee, talks about a presentation in the Committee this week by Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajegba and looks to the start of the 2019 road construction season, saying orange barrels will appear soon.  

Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on Menominee County judgeship

Rep. LaFave talks about his HB 4161, which would keep a full-time judgeship in Menominee County.  The seat is set to be abolished later this year, and Representative LaFave says the court’s docket is busy enough to require a full-time judge, adding the legislation could also pave the way for a drug court and a…

Rep. Aaron Miller, Sturgis; audio on 2019-2020 House Republican Action Plan

Rep. Miller, the Chair of the House Republican Action Plan Committee, talks about the priorities of the Michigan House Republican Caucus during the 2019-2020 legislative session.  Rep. Miller says the caucus will prioritize roads and infrastructure, auto insurance relief, Constitutional protection and mental health reforms.  The Action Plan was unveiled  at the state Capitol on…