Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe; audio on repealing the pension tax

Rep. Bellino talks about his testimony Wednesday before the House Tax Policy Committee on his plan to repeal the pension tax in Michigan, saying it balances the budget on the backs of retirees.  The legislation-HB4006- remains under consideration in Tax Policy.  

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on committee vote on fetal alcohol warning

Rep. Vaupel talks about passage Tuesday by the House Regulatory Reform Committee of his HB 4112, which would add the phrase “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix. Drinking alcoholic beverages of any type during pregnancy can cause birth defects” to existing signage on the minimum age for purchasing alcohol in restaurants, bars and retail facilities,…

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on anti-vaping legislation

Rep. Albert talks about his HB 4164, which would ban the sale of any device that allows minors to consume vaporized nicotine.  The Representative says 20th century tobacco laws are not sufficient to combat vaping among Michigan’s young people.  

Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann; audio on Michigan road work

Rep. O’Malley, the Chair of the House Transportation Committee, talks about a presentation in the Committee this week by Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajegba and looks to the start of the 2019 road construction season, saying orange barrels will appear soon.  

Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain; audio on Menominee County judgeship

Rep. LaFave talks about his HB 4161, which would keep a full-time judgeship in Menominee County.  The seat is set to be abolished later this year, and Representative LaFave says the court’s docket is busy enough to require a full-time judge, adding the legislation could also pave the way for a drug court and a…

Rep. Aaron Miller, Sturgis; audio on 2019-2020 House Republican Action Plan

Rep. Miller, the Chair of the House Republican Action Plan Committee, talks about the priorities of the Michigan House Republican Caucus during the 2019-2020 legislative session.  Rep. Miller says the caucus will prioritize roads and infrastructure, auto insurance relief, Constitutional protection and mental health reforms.  The Action Plan was unveiled  at the state Capitol on…

Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Mattawan; audio on House Ways and Means Committee assignment

Rep. Griffin talks about her assignment to the new House Ways and Means Committee for the 2019-2020 term of the Michigan House.  Rep. Griffin says Ways and Means, which will provide a second look at bills coming out of most other House committees, ensures legislation will be more thoroughly vetted before being reported for a…

Rep. James Lower, R-Cedar Lake; audio on Senate overturning Executive Order

Rep. Lower, the sponsor of HCR 1, talks about Senate passage Thursday of the resolution, which overturns the Governor’s Executive Order earlier this month to reorganize the Department of Environmental Quality.  Rep. Lower argues the EO overstepped the authority of the Governor and that he was troubled by its treatment of Michigan agriculture.  The last…

Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona; audio on Free Fishing Weekend

Rep. Cole talks about Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan this Saturday and Sunday and encourages families to get outside.  During Free Fishing Weekend, state residents can fish without a license, although the usual limits in terms of numbers and size still apply.