Rep. Lilly’s bill requiring fiscal notes on all bills clears House committee

Legislator: Price tag should be known in advance   The House Government Operations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly requiring all bills scheduled for a hearing before legislative committees to have fiscal notes advising what financial impact each measure will have on the state. Lilly, of Park Township, introduced the bill…

House approves Rep. Wentworth’s disabled veteran legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. Jason Wentworth. The measure would require the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to reflect legislation sponsored by state Rep. John Bizon, of Battle Creek, that allows honorably discharged veterans who provide proof of their 100-percent disabled status to the…

House committee approves Rep. LaSata bill to honor Trooper Robert J. Mihalik

Legislation renames highway in Berrien County after fallen MSP officer The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata to rename a portion of a highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik. The bill will rename a portion of Red Arrow Highway,…

Afendoulis and MacGregor ask for DEQ assistance in Plainfield Township upgrades

State Representative Chris Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Township) and State Senator Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) today asked the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for continued cooperation with Plainfield Township officials as they work to improve the quality of their municipal water system. On December 11th, the Plainfield Township Board approved a resolution which authorized the Township to…

Michigan Legislature gives final approval to Rep. Glenn’s bill protecting retiree benefits for police, firefighters

The Michigan Legislature today gave final legislative approval to bills protecting public services and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees – including a measure sponsored by Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Township. The reforms emphasize proper reporting from local governments to identify ones that may be in financial trouble due to…

Michigan Senate approves Rep. Kahle’s bill to reduce dental expenses

The Michigan Senate today approved legislation clarifying that dentures, crowns, bridges and similar dental devices are exempt from the state’s 6 percent sales and use tax. One of the key bills in the package is sponsored by state Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian. “This vote moves us one step closer to making many types of…

Rep. Kelly to honor Detroit students for college readiness success

State Rep. Tim Kelly, chair of the House Education Reform Committee, will join other officials on Wednesday in honoring students from Cass Technical and Renaissance high schools for their efforts during math, science and English advanced placement exams in 2017. A total of 75 students earned qualifying scores during the schools’ first year of the…

House approves Rep. Bizon’s disabled veteran bill

The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. John Bizon. Bizon’s measure allows honorably discharged veterans to have a state park passport fee waived if proof of their 100-percent disabled status is provided to the Secretary of State. “This legislation creates another way for disabled veterans to have their state…

Rep. Bellino’s credit freeze bill overwhelmingly approved by Michigan House

A bill proposed by state Rep. Joseph Bellino to better protect Michigan residents from fraud by providing free credit freezes today was passed in an overwhelming bipartisan vote by the Michigan House. When a security freeze is placed on a credit report through a consumer credit-reporting agency, those looking to engage in fraud are unable…

Rep. LaFave votes to remove excessive fees for private harbors on Great Lakes

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today said he supports a measure offering relief to Upper Peninsula families being assessed excessive annual fees for property they own on the Great Lakes. LaFave said the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently started charging exorbitant fees from owners of property with private boat harbors due to…

Rep. Glenn testifies on bill preventing conflicts of interest in wind farm deals

Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township), chair of the Michigan House Energy Policy Committee, testified today on his bill preventing conflicts of interest for local officials related to potential wind farm developments. Glenn’s bill would prohibit members of local government planning commissions from voting on issues on which they or their families have direct financial interests….

Rep. Brett Roberts supports legislation to safeguard first responder retirement benefits

State Representative Brett Roberts today said he will continue to support reforms protecting retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other municipal employees as bills move through the Michigan Legislature. “Our first responders provide an irreplaceable service to our communities, and we can’t take their sacrifices for granted,” said Roberts (R-Charlotte). “This issue deserves plenty of…

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Governor signs Rep. Miller bill eliminating election loophole

State representatives and senators who resign from office will not be allowed to run in the special election called to fill their seats after legislation introduced by state Rep. Aaron Miller was recently signed into law. Miller, who chairs the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said the legislation was drafted to close a loophole used…