Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp; audio on ship ballast water discharge legislation

Rep. Glenn talks about HB 5095, a bill he is co-sponsoring, that would employ U.S. Coast Guard regulations as the standard for vessels releasing ballast water in Michigan’s Great Lakes waters.  Michigan’s current ballast water regulations, according to Rep. Glenn, put the state at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring states and Ontario, all of whom…

Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington; audio on ice shanty legislation in committee

Rep. VanderWall talks about testifying on behalf of his HB 4787 in the House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday.  The legislation gives the Michigan Department of Natural Resources the ability to adjust ice shanty removal dates each year based on weather conditions and allows anglers to choose whether they want to put their name and address,…

Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Twp.; audio on first responder protection legislation

Rep. Iden talks about a three-bill package, including his HB 4591, that would make it felony for anyone who targets or intimidates a member of a police, fire, corrections and emergency medical service departments.  The legislation will be before the full House this coming week.  Anyone found guilty could serve up to two years incarceration.  Mark…

Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston; audio on health care access legislation

Rep. Tedder talks about his legislative package to allow licensed physicians who meet certain eligibility criteria  to apply for an expedited license that authorizes him or her to practice in all other states that are members of the Medical Licensure Compact.  Rep. Tedder says the plan could bring expert health care to rural Michigan through…