Rep. Bill Rogers, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12 Education, says, as the new school year begins, Michigan students will benefit from a 3.4% increase in funding as well as pension and retirement reforms that direct more dollars toward the classroom.
Rep. Zorn says an issue he hears about frequently in his district is school bus safety and the need for motorists to pay more attention as the school year gets started.
Rep. Genetski says state lawmakers have a heavy agenda when the House returns to session on Tuesday, but adds the time he spent listening to his constituents this summer has given him a broad insight into what is on the minds of Allegan County residents.
House Republicans talk about sentencing reform, testimony on funding the implementation of Common Core, and what members are hearing from their constituents back in their districts.
Rep. Kelly talks about Wednesday’s final hearing of the House Education Subcommittee on Common Core Standards. The subcommittee heard 17 hours of testimony and will now compile a recommendation for consideration by the full House on continued funding for Common Core implementation.
Rep. Haveman talks about a joint House-Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Tuesday that took testimony on his legislation reforming Michigan’s mandatory juvenile life sentence law. The Haveman plan reflects a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down mandated life sentences for first degree murder. The committee will take further testimony in the weeks ahead.
Rep. Potvin’s public service announcement on school bus safety.
Rep. Outman’s PSA on West Nile Virus.
House Republicans talk about legislation establishing mental health courts, their thoughts on Michigan’s agriculture economy, and what they’re hearing from constituents this summer.
Rep. Leonard talks about a four-bill package of legislation that would establish a framework for setting up mental health courts in Michigan. A former Assistant Prosecutor, Rep. Leonard says effective treatment is preferable to costly and ineffective incarceration.
Rep. Genetski says that his constituents tell him they want to see Detroit rebound to the economic powerhouse it once was, but that they don’t favor any kind of bailout.
Rep. VerHeulen talks about how the conversations he has with constituents in the district impact his work at the Capitol in Lansing.
Rep. Victory, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and a farmer and distributor himself, talks about how better growing conditions in Michigan in the summer of 2013 have helped agriculture and have impacted the state’s economy.
House Republicans hear about energy and technology needs in rural Michigan and continue to gather information on Common Core standards for public education.
Rep. Outman talks about his tour this week of local Internet and energy-related businesses in his district with the Chair of the House Energy and Technology Committee, Rep. Aric Nesbitt of Lawton.
Rep. Nesbitt, the chair of the House Energy and Technology Committee, talks about his tour this week of rural communities in central Michigan and how he listened to the employees and managers of local Internet and energy companies about the challenges they face.