Rep. Mary Whiteford, R-Casco Twp.; audio on rural broadband legislation

Rep. Whiteford talks about her HB 5670, currently pending in the House Communication and Technology Committee, which is designed to encourage the expansion of broadband services to unserved and underserved areas of Michigan through the creation of a fund and governing board.  Rep. Whiteford says a similar system is already operating in Minnesota and has…

Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Mattawan; audio on opioid laws

Rep. Griffin talks about her legislation, Public Acts 254 and 255, that requires the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission to develop recommendations for student instruction addressing the risks associated with prescription drug abuse and instructs the Michigan Department of Education to develop a model program of instruction on prescription drug abuse that is grade…

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

Almost a year after its first meeting, Rep. Hank Vaupel talks about the work of the CARES (Community, Access, Resources, Education, Safety) Task Force, saying the bipartisan panel has helped shape policy and shared best practices, to the benefit of all Michigan residents.  Rep. Vaupel is the Chair of the House Health Policy Committee and…

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

Rep. Iden talks about his HB 4591, which has passed the House and is currently before the full Michigan Senate.  The plan is part of a three-bill package that would make targeting and violently assailing a first responder or corrections officer a two-year felony.   The legislation has received broad law enforcement support, including from the…

Rep. Jason Wentworth, R-Clare; audio on rural development legislation

Rep. Wentworth talks about his HB 6064, now pending before the full Michigan House,  which aims to give small job creators in counties with populations of 200,000 or less additional access to investments, providing new employment and growing rural economies.  The plan creates the Rural Development Creation Fund within the State Treasury.   Rep. Wentworth notes that…

Rep. Mike Webber, R-Rochester; audio on Michigan and autonomous vehicles

Rep. Webber, the Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee, says a legislative package signed into law in 2016 creating guidelines for autonomous vehicle operations and establishing the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run in state law, has already helped move Michigan forward as a center of technology and innovation.  Rep. Webber adds that…