Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Twp.

Rep. Lauwers talks about the passage of legislation that adds an element of local control to the fireworks law that went into effect in 2012.   Lauwers0529131 Lauwers0529132 Lauwers0529133 Lauwers0529134

Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin; audio on House passage of 2014 state budget

Rep. MacMaster, who Chairs the Appropriations subcommittee on the Department of Corrections, says he’s pleased the 2014 budget focuses on reducing prisoner recidivism and that the Military and Veterans Affairs budget targets connecting veterans with jobs.   MacMaster0528131 MacMaster0528132 MacMaster0528133

Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton Twp.; audio on final House passage of state budget

Rep. Jenkins, who Chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs, says she’s pleased the 2014 budget will include funding for a new agency designed to connect Michigan veterans with the services they are entitled to.  Michigan ranks dead last in the number of veterans receiving their benefits.   Jenkins0528131 Jenkins0528132

Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw; audio on passage of 2014 state budget

Rep. Kelly says he’s pleased that the 2014 state budget that passed out of the House Tuesday includes an additional $443 million for K-12 schools and $350 million for roads and bridges, which he says reflects the priorities of his constituents and the prudent use of taxpayer dollars.   Kelly0528132 Kelly0528133 Kelly05282131  

Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville; audio on passage of education budget

Rep. Pscholka says Tuesday’s final House passage of the state’s education budget for 2014 spells positive news for higher education.  Rep. Pscholka, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Ed, points to additional funding, tuition containment measures and contributions to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) as being beneficial to Michigan families….

Rep. Bill Rogers, R-Brighton; audio on state education budget

Rep. Rogers says the2014  budget for K-12 education being sent to the Governor includes money for new technology and gives schools a spending blueprint they can use before the July 1 start of the Fiscal Year most Michigan public schools use.   Rogers052413budget1 Rogers052413budget2 Rogers052413budget3

Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida; audio on anti-bullying legislation

Rep. Zorn talks about his new legislation that would make the crime of bullying a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment or fine and would allow the court to seek an evaluation by a mental health professional for the convicted individual.  House Bill 4746 would allow a person found guilty of bullying or cyberbullying to be punished…

Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City; audio on 2014 state budget and community colleges

Rep. Muxlow talks about final passage of the state’s 2014 budget this coming week and his work on the spending plan for community colleges across Michigan.  Rep. Muxlow says he’d like to see more “Middle College” programs, where students would graduate from high school after five years with both a diploma and a community college…

Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama; audio on increased focus on veterans’ issues.

Rep. Franz, the Vice Chair of the House Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a veteran himself, says lawmakers have been working to provide additional benefits to Michigan veterans.  Legislation has been signed by the Governor that makes military training for electricians, plumbers and security guards count towards Michigan’s occupational licensing requirements;  disabled veterans can…

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