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. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on suicide commission legislation in House Health Policy Committee
House Health Policy Committee Chairman Rep. Hank Vaupel talks about SB 228, which establishes a 27-member state Suicide Prevention Commission. Rep. Vaupel says a spike in the rate of suicides is a significant Michigan health concern that spans demographics. The bill was reported out of Health Policy this past week and has now moved to…
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. LaFave says he thinks the Governor’s directive ending the sale of flavored vaping products in Michigan ignores laws now in place and harms the state’s small businesses.
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.
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. 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. Green talks about his House Resolution 146, introduced Tuesday, that declares September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Michigan. Joining Rep. Green on the House floor Tuesday were Josh and Jeb Dunham of Caro, who lost a child to cancer.
House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Jack O’Malley talks about the numerous town hall meetings on road reforms he has held across Michigan the last few months, saying the events generated good conversation and a better understanding of a complex issue.
As the school year begins, House Education committee Vice Chair Brad Paquette, himself an educator, says supporting and retaining teachers are his priorities.
Rep. Markkanen talks about the debate over the state’s 2020 budget in Lansing, schools and the Governor’s proposed 45-cent-a-gallon income tax increase.
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.
Talking with reporters on the House floor after Thursday’s session, Speaker Chatfield says work continues at the Capitol on road funding and the state’s 2020 budget and that he expects a timely resolution on both issues.
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. 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…
Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Wayland; audio on legislation clarifying Auditor General’s access to information
Rep. Johnson talks about Wednesday’s House passage of his HB 4336, part of a two-bill, bi-partisan package of legislation that clarifies the authority of the Auditor General to access and examine electronically stored information and confidential information. Rep. Johnson says the measure reflects his focus on checks and balances and accountability in state government. …