Legislative Update for November 18, 2013

In the first of our weekly panel discussions, the Legislative Update looks at Detroit Mayor-elect Mike Duggan’s visit to Lansing and reviews legislation that provides new expansion and job-growth opportunities for Michigan’s microbreweries.  

Rep. Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuck; audio on in-district work

Rep. Genetski says the next two weeks when he’s away from Lansing will find him back in his district working with constituents on personal property tax issues, talking about dam removal along the Kalamazoo River, and learning more about HB 5111, which would require students entering fourth grade starting in 2014 to have passed a…

Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Twp.; audio on House passage of Senate anti-blight legislation

Rep. Price, the Chair of the House Local Government Committee, talks about House passage of Senate legislation that  gives administrative hearings bureaus in Grand Rapids, Jackson, Flint, Detroit and four Detroit suburbs the ability to increase penalties for blight violations and prohibits individuals with outstanding blight fines from being granted building permits.  Rep. Price says…

Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan; audio on Court of Claims jury trials

Rep. McBroom talks about his HB 5156, which guarantees Michigan residents the right to a trial by jury in suits against the state.   The legislation clarifies a new state law that gave voters from across Michigan a say in who serves on the Court of Claims.