Rep. Matt Hall, R-Marshall; audio on student athlete compensation legislation

House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Matt Hall talks about Committee approval Thursday of a two-bill package that allows current and future student-athletes to receive fair compensation for their name, image and likeness.   Under the plan, student-athletes would be able to receive compensation from a third party in exchange for using any forms of name,…

Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock; audio on road commission finance bill

Rep. Markkanen talks about how his HB 5314 has started to work its way through the legislative process at the Capitol after having been passed out of the House Transportation Committee.  The legislation is a reintroduction of a similar bill vetoed by the Governor in 2019 that would give country road commissions the authority to…

Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on youth fishing license legislation

Rep. Howell talks about House passage Wednesday of his HB 5002, part of a two-bill, bipartisan package that would allow fishers under the age of 17 to obtain their own fishing license for $2.  The legislation reestablishes a program unintentionally eliminated in 2013.  Individuals under the age of 17 do not need a license to…

Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann; audio on jail and pre-trial reforms

Rep. O’Malley talks about the report last week of the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, saying it points the way toward helping sheriffs and jails in rural counties, like the area he represents, by offering common sense alternatives while still focusing on public safety.  

Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland; audio on new committee assignment

Rep. Glenn talks about her appointment as the new Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs and State Police.  In her new role, Rep. Glenn will lead work on the 2021 budgets for the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and she says she is…

Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland; audio on child protection legislation

Rep. Glenn talks about her testimony in the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee this week on her HB 5153, which adds the phrase “threatened harm” to the definition of “neglect” in the Child Abuse and Neglect Act.  Rep. Glenn says adding the language will give courts better tools in child abuse cases.  The measure…

Rep. Matt Hall, R-Marshall; audio on House passage of child protection bills

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Matt Hall talks about passage Thursday of a bipartisan package of bills that requires Children’s Protective Services to gather information on the safety of all children in a home where suspected child abuse or neglect has occurred within 24 hours.  The legislation flowed out of a 2018 state audit of…

Rep. Shane Hernandez, R-Port Huron; audio on state response to environmental and health threats

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Shane Hernandez talks about a committee hearing Wednesday to review how the state responded and communicated with local governments and legislators related to Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights and ownership-related properties in Sanilac County and Detroit. Rep. Hernandez says the meeting demonstrates the need for better communication and collaboration when…