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