Rep. Laura Cox, R-Livonia; audio on alterations to minimum wage law

House Appropriations Committee Chair Laura Cox speaks on the House floor Tuesday evening on SB1171, which reforms minimum wage legislation approved earlier in 2018, saying changes need to be made to help both small Michigan businesses and working Michiganders alike.  

Rep. Jason Wentworth, R-Clare; audio on medical careers for veterans

House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Jason Wentworth talks about House passage Tuesday of HB 6056, which creates a pilot program allowing military medical personnel to practice under the supervision of licensed physicians while they work to obtain their medical credentials.  Rep. Wentworth says  Michigan is facing a medical staff shortage as well,…

Rep. Jim Lilly, R-Park Twp.; audio on legislation altering state fireworks laws

Rep Lilly talks about his two-bill package that enhances the abilities of local municipalities to determine the times consumer fireworks may be fired off within their city limits and provides the Governor with new authority to prohibit the use of fireworks based on weather conditions.  The measures have passed out of the House Regulatory Reform…

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on House passage of pet shop reform legislation

Rep. Vaupel, a long-time veterinarian, talks about House passage Thursday of his HBs 5916-17, which prevent Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unlicensed breeders or puppy mills while requiring a paper trail on the animal prior to being sold to the pet store.  The plan also includes provisions requiring micro chipping animals while prohibiting local…

Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Twp.; audio on passage of fantasy sports legislation

Rep. Iden talks about passage  by the Michigan House Thursday of his legislative package that creates the Fantasy Contests Consumer Protection Act.  Rep. Iden says the measures provide additional consumer protection for individuals engaging in fantasy sports and create a $50,000 licensing fee for operators, on a par with other states.  

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on Kalamazoo River greenway plan

Rep. Whiteford talks about her meeting Friday with personnel from the Outdoor Discovery Center to discuss the development of the Kalamazoo River Greenway.  Rep. Whiteford helped facilitate a grant for the greenway and conducted hearings across the area during 2018.  Rep. Whiteford says her meeting Friday will chart a course for the implementation of plans…

Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on committee passage of lead testing legislation

House Natural Resources Committee Chair Gary Howell talks about Committee passage this week of a bi-partisan package of legislation that increases the frequency at which Michigan’s schools, day care facilities, universities and veterans facilities are tested for lead in their water.  The legislation is now before the full House for consideration.      

Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe; audio on repeal of bottle bill

Rep. Bellino talks about his new package of legislation, HBs 6532-36, that would eliminate Michigan’s 42-year old bottle law at the end of 2022.  Rep. Bellino says the 1976 law is outdated and is now hurting recycling efforts, arguing Michigan’s environment would benefit from single-stream recycling.      

Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; on work on Committee on Committees

Rep. Whiteford talks about her work over the next few weeks on the special House Committee on Committees, that will make committee assignments for members of the Michigan House for the chamber’s 2019-2020 session.  Rep. Whiteford says that with more than three dozen new House members arriving at the Capitol in 2019, assigning committees, where…

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on tanning bed legislation

Rep. Vaupel, the Chairman of the House Health Policy Committee, talks about his new HB 6450, which would prohibit minors from using a tanning device in a tanning facility.  Current Michigan law requires a signature from a parent or guardian for a minor to use a device at a tanning business, but Rep. Vaupel says…

Rep. LaFave of Iron Mountain discusses outdoor safety reforms.

Rep. LaFave talks about his plan to allow Michigan residents to carry a firearm without a hunting license in an area frequented by wild animals, a move to better protect people and add uniformity to the state’s firearms laws. The measure is pending in the House Natural Resources Committee.