Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on behavioral health legislation

House Health Policy Committee Chair Hank Vaupel talks about legislation he has authored that would allow state behavioral health workers who retired before 2015 to come back to work without losing their pensions.  Rep. Vaupel says that the state is seeing a significant shortage of behavioral health workers, and that the plan is part of…

Rep. Phil Green, R-Millington; audio on 2020 budget presentation

Rep. Green talks about his response to the presentation of the state’s 2020 budget by the Governor Tuesday, saying his constituents will not support a 45 cent gas tax increase and adding the rest of Michigan could take a lesson in road funding from Huron County.  

Rep. Daire Rendon, R-Lake City; audio on committee testimony on transparency legislation

Rep. Rendon talks about her testimony in front of the House Government Operations Committee Tuesday morning on bi-partisan legislation that would open both the Michigan Legislature and the Office of the Governor to  open records laws.  The Committee will continue to hear testimony.  Michigan is one of two states that has exemptions for its Legislature…

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on start of FY 2020 budget process

House Appropriations Committee member Rep. Mary Whiteford looks ahead to Gov. Whitmer’s presentation of her budget proposal for the state’s 2020 Fiscal Year on Tuesday.  Rep. Whiteford is the Chair of the Appropriations Health and Human Services Subcommittee and says she’s focused on an accountable and timely budget process.  

Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Monroe County; audio on distracted driving legislation

Rep. Sheppard talks about his legislation to increase the penalty for texting while driving in Michigan from $100 for a first violation to $250, and from $200 for a second violation up to $500.  Other legislation in the same package would add reading an email or sending a message on cellphone social media apps to…