Rep. O’Brien talks about House passage Thursday of legislation that establishes the structure for mental health courts across Michigan. The Representative says the courts, which follow a pattern established in Kalamazoo County, are good for people who need treatment and lessen the burden on the state’s corrections system.
Rep. MacMaster talks about final House passage Thursday of his HB 4732, which exempts small roadside farm stands from having to follow state standards for installing plumbing and electrical fixtures. Rep. MacMaster says the plan is a common-sense measure to help farmers who are just interested in selling their own produce out in front of…
Rep. Franz talks about House passage Thursday of HR 125, which designates September 20, 2013 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Michigan.
Rep. Outman discusses his legislation that prohibits the sale or use of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18. Rep. Outman says e-cigarettes can be helpful for individuals trying to quit smoking, but says he fears they can be a gateway to cigarette use by minors.
Rep. Leonard talks about his legislation, now pending before the full House, that would repeal a 1920’s-era law that prohibits motorists from displaying on their car an insignia of an organization they don’t belong to. Rep. Leonard says while the code isn’t enforced, a driver with a bumper sticker of his or her favorite sports…
Rep. Franz talks about House committee passage Wednesday of his legislation that would increase promotion of the Military Family Relief Fund and provide additional flexibility of the Fund’s use.
Rep. Nesbitt talks about his legislation that would allow Michigan motorists to display their auto insurance certificate on a smart phone while giving law enforcement more timely information about whether a motorist is insured. Rep. Nesbitt says the plan will save money and limit hassles for Michigan drivers.
Rep. Rendon talks about his townhall meeting on hunting and fishing issues set for the Roscommon Township Hall on Monday, September 30 from 6:00 until 7:30
Rep. Bumstead talks about the signing into law Tuesday of his legislation that restructures hunting and fishing license fees in Michigan and provides more funding for conservation and enforcement. While some licenses might cost more, Rep. Bumstead says conservation and sports groups are solidly behind the plan.
House Republicans mark the 12th anniversary of September 11 and talk about changes in the deer baiting ban.
Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle; audio on end of ban on deer baiting in portions of Iosco County
Rep. Pettalia talks about Thursday’s Michigan Natural Resources Commission to end the ban on white-tailed deer baiting in Oscoda and Plainfield townships, a move which removes all of Iosco County from a ban on deer baiting.
Rep. Franz talks about the activity this past week at the state Capitol.
Rep. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage; audio on passage of Main Street Fairness legislation from committee
Rep. O’Brien talks about approval this week by the House Tax Policy Committee of the Main Street Fairness package, which would require online retailers to collect the Michigan sales tax if they have a substantial business nexus in the state.
Rep. Franz talks about his legislation that would expand the situations that could be covered by the state’s Military Families Relief Fund by including scenarios prior to the deployment of a person in military service. Rep. Franz points out that Michigan residents can contribute annually to the Fund on their state income tax return.
Rep. VerHeulen talks about Wednesday’s House Tax Policy Committee’s passage of legislation that he says would provide local and family businesses a more level playing field when it comes to competing with online companies and collecting Michigan’s six-percent sales tax.
Rep. Goike talks about his legislation that would suspend unemployment benefits for individuals who failed or refused to take a drug test as part of the hiring process for a new job.