House Workforce and Talent Development Committee Chair Ben Frederick talks about Committee passage Tuesday of a bi-partisan package of legislation designed to help expand professional trade instruction in Michigan high schools by providing more career-oriented information and opportunities for students. Rep. Frederick argues that it is important to offer students pathways to careers that match their…
Speaker Leonard talks with the Capitol press early Thursday about the local public employee pension reform package approved by the state House, saying it provides better information and more transparency.
Rep. LaSata talks about changes in legislation reforming other post-employment benefits (OPEB) for public employees in Michigan and says revised legislation approved Wednesday gives the state less of a role and does an more effective job of ensuring employee benefits.
Rep. LaSata talks about passage by the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee Wednesday of her HBs 5155 and 5156, which place authority for the state’s Adopt-a-Waterway and Adopt-a-Shoreline program under the Department of Natural Resources. Rep. LaSata says current state policy doesn’t specifically designate who supervises the programs.
Rep. Glenn talks about the Resolution he will introduce in the Michigan House Thursday marking the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Rep. Bizon talks about committee passage Tuesday of his HB 4830, which would allow honorably discharged veterans to have a state park passport fee waived if proof of their 100-percent disabled status is provided to the Secretary of State. Disabled vets can currently access state parks for free with a disabled veteran plate, but Rep. Bizon…
Rep. VanderWall talks about on-going debate in the Michigan House to secure retirement benefits for local government employees in Michigan, saying that a variety of factors have created a situation that requires quick action.
Rep. Dr. John Bizon, M.D., R-Battle Creek; audio on Senate work on Youth Challenge Academy legislation
Rep. Bizon talks about his HB 4768, which would give judges the options of expunging the record of individuals who have graduated from the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy. The measure has passed the House and a Senate committee and is now before the full Michigan Senate. Rep. Bizon argues that individuals completing the Academy’s demanding…
House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Triston Cole talks about SB 97, which was reported from Committee this week. Rep. Cole says the plan provides for the state of Michigan to more effectively utilize public-private partnerships (P3s) for large transportation projects and save taxpayers money.
Rep. Lower talks about the goals of the local public employee retirement benefit legislation introduced on Thursday, saying local communities need long-term solutions, options for dealing with shortfalls, and that first and foremost, retirees should be protected.
Rep. Albert, one of the co-sponsors of the public employee retirement reform package introduce on Thursday, says the top focus of the package is protecting what Michigan residents have earned and have been promised. Rep. Albert was a member of the state task force that studied the retirement issue earlier in 2017.
Speaker Leonard talks on the House floor Thursday with Capitol reporters on new legislation designed to protect the retirement benefits of local public employees, while ensuring efficient public services.
Rep. Glenn talks about Senate passage Thursday of his HB 4355, which makes it illegal for law enforcement officials to engage in sexual acts with prostitutes or victims of human trafficking during the course of an investigation. Michigan is the only state with a loophole permitting such activity. The issue was brought to the attention…
Rep. Albert talks about House passage Wednesday of his HB 5071, which requires state colleges and universities to provide annual updates to students on their federal student loan status.
Rep. Brann talks about House passage Tuesday of his two-bill package that would make it a crime to knowingly torture or kill an animal with the intent to cause mental distress or exert control over a person.
Rep. LaFave talks about how he is fighting against SB 646, which could defund public schools that used mascots based on race or ethnicity. Rep. LaFave points to several schools in his district that would be affected by the plan, adding that he hasn’t heard from a single constituent who says they find their local…