Rep. Rendon, the Chair of the House Family, Children and Seniors Committee, says state policy is moving toward viewing mental health as being as important as physical health and is becoming more focused on identifying challenges and treatment.
Rep. Glenn talks about his HB 4474, which puts into code current Michigan National Guard policy allowing individuals to carry a concealed weapon on a military facility that is under state jurisdiction. The measure passed the House and is currently pending in the Senate Military, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Frederick talks about the state’s school budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year, currently awaiting the signature of the Governor. Rep. Frederick says he’s pleased the plan includes the “2X” formula, that sees lower-funded districts getting double the funding increase of the state’s top-funded districts, a move he says brings greater equity into Michigan classrooms….
Rep. VanderWall, the Vice Chair of the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, says he’s working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources this summer on plans to get more Michiganders involved in hunting and fishing, saying the two long-time traditions have a significant impact on the state’s tourism economy. Rep. VanderWall has authored legislation…
Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Macomb County; audio on signing of legislation allowing for vehicle registration on electronic devices
Rep. Lucido talks about the signing into law Wednesday of his HB 4013, now Public Act 59 or 2017, which allows Michigan motorists to use paperless vehicle registrations on electronic devices. Paperless proof of insurance certificates are already permissible in Michigan and Rep. Lucido says he foresees a time when paperless driver licenses will be…
Rep. Barrett, a U.S. Army Veteran and the sponsor of House Resolution 122, which declares June 27 Post Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day in Michigan, talks about why using the word “injury” instead of “disorder” is both more accurate and more helpful to the thousands of veterans who come home to Michigan every year.
Rep. Bellino talks about his HB 4408, currently pending in the Michigan Senate, which would require parental or guardian review and consent when a controlled substance containing an opioid is prescribed to a minor. The legislation is part of a larger package that has moved through the House that also increases access to treatment and allows…
Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake Twp.; audio on new state law mandating pension forfeiture after felony conviction
Rep. Runestad talks about his legislation (PA 43 of 2017, formerly HB 4131) now a new state law, that makes pension forfeiture for public employees convicted of stealing public funds mandatory. Previously, forfeiture had been a sentencing option. The new law includes language to allow for forfeiture of the employer contribution to a defined contribution plan, or…
Rep. Yaroch talks about his HJR R, which calls for the establishment of a one-chamber Legislature in 2019. Rep. Yaroch argues that a unicameral legislative body would be more efficient and would save state taxpayers around $50 million each year. The plan would have to be approved by the Michigan Legislature and then go before…
Rep. VanderWall talks about passage this week of the state’s 2018 Fiscal Year public school budget, which he says provides record funding for public education in Michigan and additional dollars for every school system in his area, as well as Natural Resource Trust Fund revenues being directed toward three projects in his district.
Rep. Runestad talks about passage by the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday of his legislation establishing shared custody with equal parenting time as the starting point during child custody deliberations.
Dr. Canfield talks about final passage of the state’s 2018 Fiscal Year budget by the state House on Tuesday, which includes $115 million for the construction of a new state psychiatric hospital in Caro, news that Rep. Canfield says is a positive development for his district at a number of levels.
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia; audio on passage of 2018 state budget
Rep. Cox speaks on the House floor Tuesday prior to final passage of the state’s 2018 Fiscal Year budget, a plan she says controls spending and reflects the priorities of Michigan families.
Rep. Kahle, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and a former senior center director, says she’s pleased that the 2018 Fiscal Year budget approved by the House has a strong focus on supporting Meals on Wheels programs.
House Law and Justice Committee Chair Rep. Kesto talks about House passage Thursday of Senate legislation that creates more stringent penalties for female genital mutilation, as well as Senate passage Thursday of his own FGM legislation, HB 4639, saying Michigan needs to have tough punishments on the book.
Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on House passage of public education retirement reform legislation
Rep. Albert speaks on the House floor Thursday prior to House passage of his HB 4647, which modernizes the Michigan Public Education Retirement System for new employees.