Rep. Rodney Wakeman, R-Saginaw Twp.; audio on public school funding cuts

In a week when the state sent out public school aid payments for October, Rep. Wakeman says kids in public charter schools are being hurt by the Governor’s line-item veto cuts. When signing budget bills for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, Gov. Whitmer cut $35 million from the school aid fund for public charter…

Rep. Roger Hauck, R-Union Twp.; audio on surprise medical billing legislation

Rep. Hauck talks about his new legislation to protect Michigan residents from surprise medical bills. The bipartisan plan requires medical providers to give notice if their service will result in out-of-pocket costs to a patient, along with a written estimate of those costs. In emergency situations, where consent cannot be given, the patient will still…

Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on pneumatic air bow legislation

Rep. LaFave talks about his HB 4332, which would permit the use of pneumatic air bows in Michigan.  The bows utilize compressed air, and Rep. LaFave says their use would open new hunting opportunities for people with physical limitations that prevent them from using a firearm or pulling back the string on a bow.  The…

Rep. Brad Paquette, R-Berrien Springs; audio on teacher appreciation stipend legislation

Rep. Paquette talks about legislation he plans to introduce this week creating a voluntary Michigan income tax checkoff to support a new Made a Difference Teacher Initiative Fund, which would provide stipends for teachers nominated by students at least five years out of school.  Rep. Paquette is  teacher who says being remembered by former students…

Rep. Graham Filler, R-DeWitt; audio on raise the age criminal justice reform

House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Graham Filler talks about final House passage Wednesday of bipartisan legislation to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system.  Rep. Filler says raising the age is front-end justice reform that will cut down on recidivism and save taxpayer dollars, while keeping…

Rep. Phil Green, R-Millington; audio on 2020 budget

Rep. Green says he has been hearing from his neighbors in the last couple of weeks about how the Governor’s line-item vetoes in the state’s 2020 budget are hurting people, ranging from individuals needing health care to families with an autistic child.