Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona; audio on distracted driving legislation

Rep. Cole talks about his HB 4198, which would prohibit digital communication on a cell phone while driving a vehicle.  Current law prohibits reading, manually typing, or sending a text message.  Rep. Cole says closing the loophole will lead to safer roads.  The legislation is part of a three-bill bi-partisan package that is currently making…

Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso; audio on snow day legislation

Rep. Frederick talks about House passage Wednesday of an amended version of his snow day legislation, which will allow schools to not count closures during a governor-declared state of emergency against their allowed number of snow days.   The bill now goes to the Senate for a second time in an effort to make sure…

Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, R-Muskegon County; audio on passage of 2020 Ag budget

Rep. VanWoerkom, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, talks about the panel reporting the ag spending plan to the full House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, saying it focuses on innovation and restores research dollars that had been cut in the Governor’s proposal.  

Rep. Roger Hauck, R-Union Twp.; audio on House passage of Raise the Age legislation

Rep. Hauck speaks on the House floor Thursday afternoon, prior to House passage of his legislation in a bi-partisan package of bills that would end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Including 17-year-olds in the juvenile system has been shown to reduce reoffending by 34 percent,…

Rep. Mike Mueller, R-Linden; audio on April as Autism Awareness Month

Rep. Mueller talks about April as Autism Awareness Month at the Capitol and links the issue to his own work with mental health reform.  Rep. Mueller was joined at the Capitol Wednesday by Sgt. Dave Archer of the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety, a former colleague who now works to train law enforcement…

Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on updated disabled parking sign

On Wednesday, when hundreds gathered at the state Capitol to raise awareness of disabilities, Rep. LaFave introduced legislation that would update the symbol on signs designating parking spots for the disabled in Michigan to employ the image of a more dynamic, active individual.  The plan would also eliminate the use of the word “handicapped” from…