Legislative Update for May 24, 2013

House Republicans talk about completing the state budget, cracking down on criminals who prey on vulnerable adults, and the potential of a statewide hotline for reporting school violence.   Legislative Update for May 24, 2013

Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan; audio on final steps in budget process

Rep. McBroom says completion of the state’s 2014 budget next week, four months before the start of the fiscal year, spells good news for local governments and schools in hist district, most of whom have fiscal years starting July 1.   McBroom0523131 McBroom0523132 McBroom0523133

Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin; audio on last steps in state budget process

Rep. MacMaster says the state’s 2014 Fiscal Year budget is moving toward final completion next week and says the conference reports he has worked on to fund the Department of Corrections and the state’s community colleges are examples of the smart use of taxpayer dollars.   MacMaster0523131 MacMaster0523132 MacMaster0523133 MacMaster0523134

Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare; audio on passage of trail connectivity legislation

Rep. Johnson talks about Wednesday’s House passage of his legislation that gives local governments in Michigan the ability to allow off-road-vehicles to use the shoulders of state highways as a means of connecting ORV trails.  Rep. Johnson says the measure is important for northern Michigan.   Johnson0522131 Johnson0522132 Johnson0522133

Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City; audio on transportation funding

Rep. Rendon says while the state’s 2014 budget will include an additional $350 million in new revenue for roads and bridges, the question of how to fund transportation improvements is something he’ll continue to bring up in his district.   Rendon0522131 Rendon0522132 Rendon0522133

Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, audio on school safety legislation

Rep. Potvin talks about legislation he is co-sponsoring that would create a 24-7 confidential hotline for individuals to report information that might help prevent violence and tragedies in Michigan’s schools.   Potvin0521131 Potvin0521132 Potvin0521133

Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt Twp.; audio on signing of legislation protecting vulnerable adults

  Rep. Leonard talks about the signing Tuesday of his legislation to strengthen the ability of the courts to impose stricter sentences upon those who embezzle from vulnerable adults – the elderly or mentally handicapped.  House Bill 4264 would allow judges to impose sentences consecutively on defendants convicted of multiple offenses under the Vulnerable Adult…

Legislative Update for May 17, 2013

House Republicans talk about a projected increase in state revenues, helping schools that might be forced to change Native American imagery and mascots, and legislation that assists school districts that need to make up snow days.   Legislative Update for May 17, 2013W