Rep. Bellino welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe welcomed Reverend Jeffrey Heimsoth (center) to the state Capitol to lead today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Heimsoth is a senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Monroe. Joining them at the rostrum is Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield.

Rep. Bellino announces January office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Jan. 28 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties. “Talking to my neighbors and listening to their concerns about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job,” Rep. Bellino said. “I was proud to host…

Rep. Bellino: It’s time to repeal Michigan’s pension tax

State Rep. Joe Bellino today introduced a plan to repeal Michigan’s pension tax, a move that would help seniors of today and tomorrow hold onto more of their own hard-earned money. Bellino’s plan – introduced on the first day of the new legislative session – would eliminate the pension tax that was first charged in…

Reps. Bellino and Howell: New law clears the way for wetlands restoration

A plan to cut senseless regulation standing in the way of local efforts to restore precious wetlands, spearheaded by Rep. Gary Howell and Rep. Joe Bellino was today signed into law. “Previously, the laws on the books treated volunteer organizations who wanted to restore our wetlands the same as big developers with plans to disrupt…

Rep. Bellino commends budget proposal that funds plans within 17th House District

Legislature sends measure to governor for consideration State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted to approve a plan connected to the state budget that will allow for additional growth within the city of Monroe while protecting Michigan residents and their children. Bellino championed two specific projects that will be funded through the proposal. The Monroe School…

Michigan Legislature approves Rep. Bellino’s plan to make schools safer

Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan to help improve school safety across Michigan won final legislative approval today in the state House, and will soon be considered by the governor. Bellino’s bill will help develop consistent and uniform training for law enforcement personnel related to school safety incidents. It’s part of a package establishing a state commission…

Reps. Barrett, Bellino issue statement on the status of no-fault reform in Michigan

State Reps. Tom Barrett, of Charlotte, and Joe Bellino, of Monroe, who have led recent efforts to reform Michigan’s failing no-fault car insurance system, today issued the following statement: “For the more than seven million hard-working Michigan drivers paying some of the highest car insurance rates in the nation, we are committed to seizing every…

Rep. Bellino: Line 5 tunnel best option for Michigan families, job providers

Representative supports plan forming new tunnel oversight panel State Rep. Joe Bellino said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support is a key step toward energy security for Michigan residents and the creation of thousands of jobs for Michigan workers. Bellino, of Monroe, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a…

Bellino: New plan would repeal Michigan’s bottle deposit law

Ending deposit would boost community recycling programs State Rep. Joe Bellino has introduced legislation as part of a new plan to provide a much-needed boost to community recycling programs by ending Michigan’s 40-year-old bottle deposit law. Bellino, of Monroe, said although the “bottle bill” helped reduce litter in the 1980s and 90s, it’s now hurting…

Rep. Bellino: Monroe community, DTE must work together to resolve tax case

State Rep. Joe Bellino today called on all parties involved to work together for the “fair and timely” resolution of a tax case involving Monroe, Frenchtown Township and DTE Energy. The Michigan Department of Treasury has filed a motion to intervene in the case, which is pending before the Michigan Tax Tribunal. The issue involves…

Reps. Bellino, Sheppard: School safety grants will benefit southeast Michigan

State Reps. Joe Bellino and Jason Sheppard this week welcomed the announcement of $25 million in grants to improve school building safety across Michigan, including money specifically for schools in Monroe County and southern Wayne County. Both legislators have voted in favor of school safety initiatives in the state Legislature, including approval of the money…

Michigan House approves Rep. Bellino’s occupational licensing reform bill

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of moral character. Bellino’s legislation, House Bill 6113, is part of a bipartisan, five-bill plan to…

Rep. Bellino welcomes input at upcoming monthly coffee hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino has announced his latest monthly coffee hour schedule, which will take place on Monday, Oct. 22. Bellino, of Monroe, will meet with residents one-on-one if they wish to share comments or concerns at the following times and locations: • 9-10 a.m. at Tim Hortons of Monroe, 404 S. Monroe St., Monroe;…

Rep. Bellino ends driver responsibility fees, brings relief to local drivers

State Rep. Joe Bellino’s law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan took effect this week. Bellino, of Monroe, introduced the measure, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full forgiveness of outstanding debt. “Driver responsibility fees did nothing but fill a budget hole…