Commission On Human Trafficking releases report with legislative recommendations

The Michigan Commission On Human Trafficking, co-chaired by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and state Rep. Kurt Heise,  released its initial annual report today after more than six months of meetings, fact-finding, and collaboration with its members, including the Attorney General, state legislators, social services, private organizations, and human trafficking experts. [To read the entire…

‘Are you related to…’ Shrapnell has heard it all

St. Clair resident Mark Shrapnell testified before the House Elections and Ethics Committee today on an election reform measure he suggested to Rep. Dan Lauwers, but what many people in the committee room didn’t realize is that he’s got a famous distant cousin. Mark is related to British Major General Henry Shrapnel, who invented the…

Reps. Lyons and LaFontaine want to take a Senator hunting

Hunting is a time-honored Michigan tradition enjoyed by women and men alike. Senator Rebekah Warren, however, would like everyone to believe that the Legislature taking a short break to allow members to honor and promote this pastime “is proof the “male-dominated” culture is alive and well in the Senate.”* House Education Committee Chair and avid…

Legislative hearing called to learn about Gaming Control Board proposals

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules held a hearing on Thursday regarding changes to charity gaming events. The rule changes have been proposed by the state’s Gaming Control Board and are not part of a legislative action. However, JCAR was established to help provide oversight on bureaucratic rule changes and yesterday’s hearing was a great…

Bills approved today would help with prevention of scrap metal theft

The House approved House Bills 4593 and 4595 today. They would help with the prevention of scrap metal theft and resale across Michigan. This is a particularly bad problem in the city of Detroit where abandoned houses being stripped are contributing to the devastation of neighborhoods. Speaker of the House Jase Bolger saw the impact…

Seeing Detroit as Detroiters see it

Seeing Detroit through the eyes of Detroiters was the main focus of a trip taken by Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, a Republican from Marshall, Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh, a Republican from Livonia, and State Representative Harvey Santana, a Democrat from Detroit. The two Republicans and a couple of staff members joined Rep….

In Case You Missed It: 10/21 through 10/25

In the news: –Frank Beckman discusses a House Bill offering relief to Michigan families that are looking to buy a vehicle on his show on WJR. –WLEW discusses measures recently introduced in the House targeting “smurfing”, a practice used to acquire pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in methamphetamine production. –MLive has a story about new school…

Making Michigan work for Michigan’s hard-working women and men

by: Jase Bolger, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives A response to the Detroit Free Press The Free Press editorial from Oct. 18 and the Democrat opposition to reforms that the editorial defended are contradictory and attacks those applying the common sense the editorial claims to support. The editorial states, “No one would argue…