Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on House passage of 2020 DOC budget

Rep. Albert, the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees spending for the Michigan Department of Corrections, says the 2020 spending plan for Corrections works to improve staffing and make efficiencies in a departmental budget that accounts for about one-fifth of the state’s unrestricted expenditures.  

Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Houghton; audio on Ojibway Correctional Facility

Rep. Markkanen talks about House passage of his amendment to the state’s 2020 Department of Corrections budget that includes funding to study potential locations for a training academy for corrections officers.  The Markkanen amendment adds the former Ojibway Correctional Facility to existing budget language.  

Rep. Matt Maddock, R-Oakland County; audio on transportation funding

Rep. Maddock, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Michigan Department of Transportation, talks about the transportation funding plan his committee is offering to the House.  Rep. Maddock says plans to learn the value of assets like the Bluewater Bridge also take into account the huge capital costs involved in their on-going maintenance.  

Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance; audio on distracted driving legislation

Rep. Sheppard talks about his HB 4199, which increases the penalty for texting while driving in Michigan. The plan raises the penalty from $100 for a first violation to $250, and from $200 for a second violation up to $500. HB 4199 is part of a bipartisan package that would add reading an email or…

Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Wayland Twp.; audio on school start legislation

Rep. Johnson talks about his HB 4369, which allows parents and local school boards the option of determining the start date for their local school system, rather than being forced to wait until after Labor Day.  The legislation has been approved by the House Education Committee and is currently pending before the House Ways and…