House clears Rep. Bellino’s government cleaning plans

The Michigan House this week voted to overwhelmingly approve plans sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino removing unnecessary laws from the books. House Bills 5761 and 5887 would both remove outdated sections of law in diverse areas. HB 5761 repeals the Michigan Penal Code referencing the criminality of making a false protest. A false protest…

Bellino bill limiting access to nitrous oxide signed into law

Sale of ‘whippits’ to minors is now illegal   When state Rep. Joe Bellino learned that young people were using small canisters of nitrous oxide – more commonly known as laughing gas – as a recreational drug, he knew something had to be done. Today, his bill making “whippets,” as the canisters are called, more…

Reps. Bellino and Sheppard: Michigan House approves school safety plan

The Michigan House today approved plans to improve school safety across the state, including a measure from state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe to enhance law enforcement training. Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance joined Bellino in support of the comprehensive House plan, which would create a statewide commission evolving from a gubernatorial task force charged…

House committee hears Rep. Bellino’s government cleaning measures

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today testified before the House Oversight Committee in support of his recently announced plans to remove unnecessary laws from the books. House Bills 5761 and 5887 would both remove outdated sections of law in diverse areas. House Bill 5761 repeals the Michigan Penal Code referencing the criminality of making…

Committee approves Rep. Bellino’s plan for enhanced law enforcement training related to school safety

The Michigan House Appropriations Committee today approved state Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan to help improve school safety in Michigan through enhanced training for law enforcement personnel. Bellino’s measure would mandate consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents be part of the requirements to become a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan. The requirements initially…

Rep. Bellino highlights legislative ‘Spring Cleaning’

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe recently sponsored multiple plans removing unnecessary laws from the books. House Bills 5761, 5866 and 5887 would all remove outdated sections of law in various areas. House Bill 5761 repeals the Michigan Penal Code referencing the criminality of making a false protest. A false protest is covered under current…

Bellino plan would modernize boater safety certification system

Legislation creates new designation for driver’s license, state ID cards State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced a plan that would allow boaters and jet-skiers to do away with the paper boating safety certification cards they are currently required to carry while on the water. The proposal establishes a designation that could be placed on the…

Rep. Bellino: Training for new law enforcement personnel will improve school safety

State Rep. Joe Bellino today introduced a plan to help improve school safety in Michigan through enhanced training for new law enforcement personnel. Bellino’s measure calls for active shooter training within the standards required for becoming a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan. The requirements would apply to new law enforcement organization members. “This is…

Bellino votes for plan ensuring farmers continue to receive ag tax exemptions

State Rep. Joe Bellino this week voted for a plan ensuring Michigan farmers continue to receive tax exemptions on agricultural equipment. Bellino, of Monroe, said officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury recently reinterpreted the law and started taxing Michigan farmers for equipment that has historically qualified for the agricultural sales and use tax exemption….

Rep. Bellino sets April office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe is hosting local office hours on Saturday, April 21, giving residents of Monroe and Wayne counties the opportunity to ask questions or share their thoughts. “I encourage people who have questions, issues, or concerns to stop by,” Rep. Bellino said. “Listening to residents discuss their ideas on how to…

Bellino: More money coming to fix Michigan roads, and it’s about time

By state Rep. Joe Bellino My Chrysler minivan and I share your pain when it comes to the terrible condition of Michigan roads. Potholes threaten to become our state symbol this time of year, with repeated freezes and thaws taking huge bites out of pavement. You’re sick of it. I’m sick of it. Everyone who…

Bellino votes to give high school students credit for work study

House plan encourages career experience before graduation State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted to expand opportunities for high school students to earn course credit with completion of an internship or work study program in the Monroe community. “Monroe businesses want employees with real-world experience. Why not give our high school students the option of gaining…

Rep. Bellino’s credit freeze bill signed into law

State Rep. Joseph Bellino’s plan to better protect Michigan residents from fraud by providing free credit freezes has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Â When a security freeze is placed on a credit report through a consumer credit-reporting agency, those looking to engage in fraud are unable to open a credit card,…

Bellino votes to ramp up local veteran services

House passes bill providing counties grants for veteran services            State Rep. Joe Bellino today joined the Michigan House of Representatives in approving legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.             Under the legislation Bellino is helping sponsor, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies…