Rep. Kelly, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid, says the 2018,-2019 fiscal year spending plan for Michigan’s public schools has record funding of almost $15 billion, with a focus on early literacy and career technical education. The House gave final approval to the budget on Tuesday.
Rep. Lower, the Chair of the House Local Government Committee, speaks prior to House passage Thursday of an 11-bill package he says will eliminate local occupational licensing regulations that duplicate what the state already has on its books.
House Natural Resources Committee Chair Rep. Gary Howell talks about Free Fishing Weekend, set for this coming weekend, June 9 and 10, saying it marks a good opportunity to bring new people into the sport. Michigan residents can fish without a license during the weekend, although the usual limits still apply.
Rep. Whiteford talks about passage by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday of her HB 5783, which mandates that records of a variety of medical treatments be kept for 15 years. The legislation is part of the multi-bill sexual assault legislative package approved by the House in May that now will be moving to the full…
Rep. LaFave talks about House passage Wednesday of Senate legislation requiring able-bodied adults to work, prepare for a job or engage in community service for an average of least 80 hours a month to keep Medicaid coverage.
Rep. Hornberger speaks on the House floor Wednesday prior to passage of the citizen initiative that repeals the state’s half-century old prevailing wage law.
Rep. Chatfield speaks on the House floor Wednesday on during the debate on the citizen initiative to repeal the state’s half-century old prevailing wage law, calling the system a government mandate that costs roads and schools.
Rep. Bizon talks about House passage Tuesday of his HB 4185, which requires a motorist to keep at least a distance of three feet when passing a bicyclist on the left.
Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt; audio on House declining to vote on marijuana initiative
Speaker Leonard talks to reporters on the House floor after Tuesday’s session, saying there was never sufficient support in the House to vote on the citizen-initiated legislation to legalize marijuana. In accordance with the Michigan Constitution, the plan will now go before Michigan voters.
Rep. Brann talks about House passage Tuesday of his HB 4990, which amends the Michigan Vehicle Code to add a vehicle owned and operated by a nonprofit food pantry or nonprofit food bank to the list of vehicles exempted from the registration tax and issued registration plates for a fee of $10 per plate. Rep….
House Law and Justice Committee Chair Klint Kesto looks ahead to Senate committee work and debate this week on the multi-bill package of sexual assault legislation that came out of the House in May, saying he hopes the chair and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will take time to study the House testimony on…
Rep. Kesto talks about House passage Wednesday of his HB 5377, which he says will help create an objective, evidence- based parole system. Prior to his time at the state Capitol, Rep. Kesto served as an assistant Wayne County prosecutor and says the plan will establish a more objective set of standards for releasing prisoners…
Rep. Lucido talks about passage by the Senate Judiciary Committee of his two-bill package that makes cyberbullying a crime in Michigan. The legislation defines “cyberbullying” as a message posted with the clear intent to communicate fear of bodily harm or death.
Rep. LaFave talks about Senate passage Tuesday of his HB 4106 which allows high school students to earn course credit through an internship or work study program.
Rep. Iden talks about Senate passage Tuesday of his legislation protecting school district funding by allowing students to continue to qualify as a full-time student while off campus during an internship or a work experience program. Rep. Iden says the plan is common sense for schools, students and job sites alike.
Speaker Leonard tells reporters on the House floor Thursday that he is pleased how members on both sides of the chamber came together to write, debate and approve the sexual assault package that he says will keep Michigan’s young people and students safer.