Rep. Yaroch: Putting aside partisan politics to reverse state budget cuts

Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond supported a bipartisan resolution to the budget impasse affecting essential state government services. The plan – reinstating support for public safety, health care, education and other services – was passed and sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. It restores funding to many of the line items Whitmer vetoed when she signed…

Rep. Afendoulis: Governor signs sale tax fairness plan

Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township – chair of the House Tax Policy Committee – issued a statement today after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a legislative package bringing sales tax fairness to Michigan retailers. The measures put current Michigan practice started in October 2018 – based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision commonly known…

Rep. Webber’s sales tax fairness plan signed into law

Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills issued the following statement today after Gov. Whitmer signed his legislation to provide sales tax fairness related to retail sales — regardless of whether the retailer is operating inside or outside of Michigan: “Local stores have been required to collect sales tax from their customers for a long, long…

“Peter C. Lemon Highway” bill heads to the governor’s desk

Legislation from state Rep. Sue Allor honoring one of northern Michigan’s military heroes is one step away from becoming law after receiving Michigan Senate approval this week. House Bill 4349 declares a portion of Highway US-23 in Iosco County as the “Peter C. Lemon Highway.” The section of US-23 to be named will begin at…

Rep. Howell: Bipartisan measure to encourage youth fishing advances

Legislation sponsored by Representatives Gary Howell (R-North Branch) and Julie Brixie (D- Meridian Township) to reinstate the voluntary youth fishing license was unanimously approved Tuesday by the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee. The youth fishing license was inadvertently repealed several years ago when licenses and fees were updated. “It would be wonderful to…

Rep. Iden leads Michigan Legislature’s approval of sports betting, online gaming protections for residents

Rep. Brandt Iden today led the state Legislature’s final votes to approve important consumer protections and modernize Michigan’s gaming laws to incorporate sports betting and evolving technology. The plan – headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature – would benefit Michigan’s economy, create important revenue streams for K-12 schools and local governments, and…

Odds improving greatly on governor’s signature for Rep. Hall’s sports betting plan

Final legislative approval given for landmark proposal The state House today gave final legislative approval to Rep. Matt Hall’s plan permitting sports wagering in Michigan with important consumer protections. The overwhelmingly bipartisan vote brings Michigan one step closer to joining other states that have already legalized sports betting. Hall said the legalization will benefit communities…

Rep. Vaupel: Michigan’s ‘chomping at the bit’ to modernize gaming industry

Legislature advances plan increasing revenue, boosting agricultural industry The state House today gave final legislative approval to state Rep. Hank Vaupel’s plan allowing people to use updated technologies for wagering on horse racing, further helping the state’s agricultural industry. The overwhelming, bipartisan vote brings Michigan one step closer to updating the way gaming is conducted…

Rep. Albert stands with Caledonia Schools in opposing Switch tax break

State Rep. Thomas Albert today stood in opposition to legislation that would exempt Switch, a data company located in Kentwood, from certain taxes. Albert, who represents the affected Caledonia School District, voted in opposition to the bill after learning about the negative impact the policy change would have on the local school district’s finances. “There…

Rep. Allor: Plan finalized to reverse governor’s damaging budget cuts

Rep. Sue Allor this week voted to reverse some of the 147 budget vetoes made by Governor Whitmer earlier this year, ending a budget impasse and restoring funding to a number of vital services, projects, and local governments. One measure sponsored by Allor restores $15 million in assistance to local communities combatting PFAS contamination at…

Rep. Huizenga supportive of Wolverine’s PFAS settlement

State Rep. Mark Huizenga commended the settlement agreement reached this week between the state, Algoma Township, Plainfield Township and Wolverine Worldwide addressing PFAS contamination in Northern Kent County. “This settlement will begin to bring clean water to the people in Plainfield and Algoma townships and that is exactly what needs to happen,” Huizenga said. “I…

Rep. Mueller, Legislature finalize plan to restore vetoed funding

State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, joined the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday in the final passage of a plan to restore budget funding vetoed by the governor earlier this year. The plan approved today restores the most critical of those vetoed funds, including Mueller’s measure to restore essential funding for the secondary road patrol programs…

Rep. Wentworth votes to end budget impasse, reverse governor’s cuts

State Rep. Jason Wentworth this week voted to reverse the governor’s cuts to initiatives helping the state’s most vulnerable residents – ending a budget impasse. Wentworth, of Clare, also voted to approve reforms to ensure no governor will be able to circumvent the legislative process and abuse the State Administrative Board again. The plan provides…

Rep. O’Malley sparks progress on plans allowing for more flexibility with road repairs

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, this week continued instrumental work in advancing legislation that will help local communities as they explore road repair projects. House Bill 4476, sponsored by state Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair) and overwhelmingly advanced by the committee, raises requirements for competitive bidding with construction projects. The…