Legislative Update for April 19, 2013

House Republicans talk about responsible budgeting, Michigan tourism, and helping schools with snow day issues. Legislative Update for April 19, 2013

Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, with audio on snow day legislation

Rep. Franz talks about legislation reported from the House Education Committee this week that would allow Michigan school districts that exceeded their snow day limit this year to add additional time on to existing days rather than require extra school days in June.   Franz0418132

Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, with audio on the state’s 2014 budget

Rep. VerHeulen, the former Mayor of Walker, says he knows from experience that local governments benefit from having the state budget finished by the start of June,as the Legislature is on track to do, as compared to mid-fall, as was the case in most of the past decade.   VerHeulen0418131 VerHeulen0418132 VerHeulen0418133

Rep. Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuck, with audio on vocational education legislation

House Education Committee member Rep. Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuck, talks about Wednesday’s committee testimony on a package of bills that would add more flexibility to the state’s Michigan Merit Curriculum to allow for more vocational training and education.  Rep. Genetski is a long-time alternative high school teacher.   Genetski0417131 Genetski0417132 Genetski0417133

Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin

Rep. MacMaster says he supports legislation that would allow Michigan schools that exhausted their snow days in 2013 to avoid having to make up the actual days by adding minutes to the remaining existing days.   MacMaster0416131 MacMaster0416133 MacMasterr0416132

Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City

Rep. Schmidt talks about the Michigan State University 2013 Tourism Outlook, forecasting a 3% increase in tourism traffic and a 5.5% increase in tourism spending this year.   Schmidt0416132 Schmidt0416133 Schmidt0416131

Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum Twp.

Rep. Daley talks about the state’s Donate Life license plate, which motorists can purchase for an extra $35.  April is Organ Donation Awareness Month.  The Tom Daley Gift of Life Fund that the plate supports in named in honor of Rep. Daley’s late son.   Daley0416131 Daley0416132 Daley0416133

Legislative Update for April 12, 2013

House Republicans talk about preserving the Budget Stabilization Fund and discuss committee work on vocational education legislation.   Legislative Update for April 12, 2013

Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan

Rep. McBroom talks about House Education Committee Testimony Wednesday on his legislation that provides for greater flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum to allow for additional instruction in vocational education.   McBroom0410131 McBroom0410132 McBroom0410133