Rep. Dr. John Bizon, M.D.; audio on raising tobacco use age to 21

Rep. Bizon, an an ear, nose and throat-otolaryngologist in Battle Creek, talks about a bi-partisan package of legislation he’s co-sponsoring that increases the state’s legal smoking age to 21, while banning tobacco product vending machines, enhancing hookah tobacco regulations and modifying penalties for those who break the law.  Dr. Bizon argues the plan is a key…

Rep. Hank Vaupel, R-Fowlerville; audio on mental health task force

Rep. Vaupel, the Chairman of the House Health Policy Committee, talks about Monday’s announcement on the establishment of a bipartisan task force that will explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live happier, healthier and more independent lives.  Rep. Vaupel will join Rep. Klint Kesto of Oakland County as one of…

Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Twp.; audio on career technical education initiatives

Rep. Iden, a member of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee and the Chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, talks about initiatives to provide additional career technical education opportunities in Michigan.  Rep. Iden says focusing on sustainable careers makes sense for both young Michiganders and individuals continuing in the workforce.      

Rep. Thomas Albert, R-Lowell; audio on signing of school retirement reform legislation

Rep. Albert talks about the signing into law Thursday of legislation reforming the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System, or MPSERS, a move he says will ultimately lead to more dollars in the classroom, while capping future retirement liabilities and providing a modernized retirement system for new school employees.  Rep. Albert spearheaded the plan in…

Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso; audio on House passage of “Good Jobs” package

Rep. Frederick, the Chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, speaks on the House floor Wednesday prior to the passage of the “Good Jobs” package by the House.  The legislation will allow companies creating at least 250 jobs to keep some state income tax dollars generated through new employees. Wage levels help determine…

Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland; audio on fire safety legislation

Rep. Glenn talks about his HB 4400, which requires the Michigan Construction Code Commission to include among its 17 members a certified fire protection specialist or a fire inspector.   The legislation, which was brought to Rep. Glenn by Midland Fire Chief Chris Coughlin, was approved in the House last session but not taken up…

Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Twp.; audio on Cyber Civilian Corps legislation

Rep. Iden talks about his HB 4508, which has passed out of the House and is currently pending in the Michigan Senate, that establishes in law the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps.  The Corps is a volunteer organization in existence since 2012 that helps local governments and non-profit agencies in case of a cyber attack.  The legislation will shield…

Rep. Jeff Yaroch, R-Macomb County; audio on federal marijuana rules

Rep. Yaroch talks about his House Concurrent Resolution 11, which calls on the federal government to either enforce the federal statute criminalizing marijuana, or give states the right to regulate marijuana on their own.  Rep. Yaroch points out the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is creating a database on medical marijuana use in…

Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso; audio on equity in school funding

Rep. Frederick talks about the state’s school budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year, currently awaiting the signature of the Governor.  Rep. Frederick says he’s pleased the plan includes the “2X” formula, that sees lower-funded districts getting double the funding increase of the state’s top-funded districts, a move he says brings greater equity into Michigan classrooms….

Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington; audio on the impact of hunting and fishing on tourism

Rep. VanderWall, the Vice Chair of the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, says he’s working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources this summer on plans to get more Michiganders involved in hunting and fishing, saying the two long-time traditions have a significant impact on the state’s tourism economy.  Rep. VanderWall has authored legislation…