Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway; audio on ignition interlock legislation heading to full House

Rep. Lauwers talks about his two-bill package of legislation that will make an effective drunk driving prevention program permanent.   Michigan sobriety courts have utilized a pilot ignition interlock program for three years, and Rep. Lauwers says the plan has been effective enough to warrant its use on a continuing basis.  The measure has been approved…

Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama; audio on Senate committee passage of veterans legislation

Rep. Franz  talks about Tuesday’s Senate Military and Veterans Affairs committee passage of his legislation that allows fire departments in Michigan to waive examination requirements for veterans with military experience as firefighters.  Rep. Franz says the bill is a common-sense measure that benefits both local fire departments and military veterans.  

Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton; audio small business investment legislation in committee

Rep. Jenkins talks about her HB 4996, which would allow Michigan residents to make an equity investment in Michigan small businesses through Web-based crowdfunding.  The measure, which will be before the House Commerce Committee on Wednesday, could help small and neighborhood businesses raise capital that they might not be able to raise otherwise.   Currently, Michigan…