Rep. Glenn, the Chair of the House Energy Committee, says he sees the construction of additional wind power facilities as being a matter for local control instead of state mandates, adding that more needs to be done to make sure decision makers at the local level are not benefitting financially from leases involving wind power….
Rep. Marino talks about House passage Wednesday of his HB 4609, which increases the amount the state must contribute to its Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund from $1 million to $2.5 million, a move he says will help provide a better future response for situations like the Fraser sinkhole in Macomb County.
Rep. Farrington talks about House passage Wednesday of her HB 4610, which replaces the flat cap on assistance from the state’s Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund with a variable cap based on a municipality’s population, a move she says will help areas like her own Macomb County, which faces challenges because of the Fraser Sinkhole.
Rep. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township; audio on House passage of courtroom officials protection legislation
Rep. LaSata talks about House passage Tuesday of her HB 4302, part of a bipartisan, three-bill package that toughens penalties for assaults on courtroom officials. A courtroom assault in Rep. LaSata’s Berrien County in the summer of 2016 left two bailiffs dead.
Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Twp.; audio on legislation toughening penalties for dog fighting convictions
Rep. Iden talks about legislation he is introducing that toughens penalties for repeat dog fighting convictions in Michigan.
Rep. Kahle talks about House Insurance Committee passage Thursday of her HB 4626, part of a package of legislation designed help reform portions of Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system.
Rep. Kahle talks about House passage Thursday of her two-bill package of legislation designed to help Michigan aircraft repair companies compete with competitors in other states.
Rep. Griffin talks about passage by the House Health Policy Committee Wednessday of her two bills in a package of legislation designed to curb the abuse of opioid and prescription drugs in Michigan. The Griffin bills create a framework for opioid addiction education in Michigan schools.
Rep. LaFave talks about his testimony Wednesday before the House Local Government Committee on his legislation, HB 4334, which would prevent county governments in Michigan from enacting or enforcing sanctuary ordinances. The bill was discussed in conjunction with HB 4105, which would apply the same prohibition to governmental units at the local level. Only testimony…
Rep. Runestad talks about unanimous House approval Tuesday of his HB 4427, which establishes rules for retaining and releasing footage recorded on body cameras worn by law enforcement officers.
Rep. Thomas Albert comments on legislation he introduced on Tuesday to reform Michigan’s public school employee pension system by closing the system to new hires and introducing a more-modern 401K program. Rep. Albert says the current pension system has unfunded liabilities of about $40 billion.
Rep. Kahle talks about her work this week on the passage of House Resolution 96, that designates May 14-20 as “Infant See Week” in Michigan. “Infant See” is a one-time, no-cost vision assessment for infants between the ages of six and twelve months. Rep Kahle says constituents can contact her office at (517) 373-1706 to…
Rep. Howell talks about Thursday’s House passage of a bipartisan package he co-sponsored that gives community colleges and workforce development agencies better access to unemployment insurance data to help them craft and modify career training programs.
Rep. Cole speaks on the House floor Thursday afternoon, prior to House passage of his HB 4205, which would prohibit state agencies from adopting rules more stringent than federal regulations, legislation he calls his “no greater than the feds” bill.
Rep. Runestad talks about House passage Wednesday of his House Joint Resolution C, which would place before the voters an amendment to the Michigan Constitution that requires government to obtain a search warrant to obtain a person’s electronic data or electronic communications. The measure now moves to the Michigan Senate.
House Appropriations Committee member Rep. John Bizon, M.D., says that as Representatives move into the final stretch of work on the state’s 2018 Fiscal Year budget, the fluid state of health care reform at the federal level will impact the work done in Lansing.