Rep. Graham Filler, R-DeWitt; audio on juvenille justice legislation testimony

House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Graham Filler talks about testimony Tuesday morning in his committee on a bi-partisan, multi-bill package of legislation that would change state law to require that 17-year olds be tried as minors and not adults.  Rep. Filler notes similar packages have been proposed in the last two terms, but says this…

Rep. Roger Hauck, R-Union Twp.; audio on raise the age legislation

Rep. Hauck speaks in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning on his legislation in a bi-partisan, multi-bill package to raise the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses.  The package would also allow 17-year-olds to be treated as minors within the juvenile system in most circumstances. …

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on health care worker assault legislation

House Health Policy Committee Chair Hank Vaupel talks about his House Bills 4327-28, which add health care professionals and medical volunteers to a protected group of workers that already includes police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel. Assaulting one of these protected professionals could result in a felony with enhanced penalties.  The legislation has just been…

Rep. Mike Mueller, R-Linden; audio on first responder assistance

Rep. Mueller, a retired sheriff’s deputy, talks about his work to create policies to foster peer counseling and a greater awareness of professional help and support for first responders. Rep. Mueller was the sponsor the House Resolution designating March 19 as Law Enforcement Mental Health Awareness Day in the state of Michigan.  

Rep. Rodney Wakeman, R-Saginaw Twp.; audio on Michigan tourism

Rep. Wakeman, who serves as Vice chair of the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation committee, and who is a member of the House Commerce and Tourism committee, discusses the relationship between tourism and small and family businesses.  

Rep. Sue Allor, R-Wolverine; audio on new PFAS legislation

Rep. Allor talks about her new HB 4389, which would require fire departments in Michigan to report on their use of firefighting foam containing PFAS to the state within 48 hours, while also requiring the state to establish a collection program for stockpiled foam containing PFAS.  

Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on repeal of auto no-fault

Rep. LaFave talks about his legislation, part of an eight-bill package, that would repeal the auto no-fault insurance system in Michigan. Rep. LaFave serves on the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates.  The package continues the requirement that all Michigan drivers have insurance, but provides more choice and flexibility by eliminating the mandate…

Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on signing of UP judgeship legislation

Rep. LaFave talks about the signing of legislation by the Governor Thursday that will retain the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County, a move that in turn will retain the current level of access to the court systems in Iron and Dickinson Counties. In the absence of the new law, the 95-A judgeship would…

Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Houghton; audio on signing of UP judgeship legislation

Rep. Markkanen talks about the signing of legislation by the Governor Thursday that will retain the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County, a move that in turn will retain the current level of access to the court systems in Iron and Dickinson Counties.   In the absence of the new law, the 95-A judgeship…

Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona; audio on new boating and fishing laws

Rep. Cole talks about new laws taking effect in Michigan on Thursday which require boaters to check their vessels for aquatic invasive species and to drain water from live wells and bilges.  Another measure prohibits the release of bait into Michigan waters, with the exception of bait caught and then released in the same waterway….

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on committee work on opioid antagonist legislation

Rep. Vaupel, the Chair of the House Health Policy Committee, talks about consideration by the committee at its meeting Thursday of legislation that expands the list of individuals who can administer opioid antagonists to include Corrections Officers, while providing enhanced training to first responders to differentiate between opioid overdoses and cardiac arrests.