Rep. Bellino co-sponsors legislation requiring balanced budget by July 1

Legislators would forfeit pay after missed deadline State Rep. Joe Bellino co-sponsored legislation introduced Wednesday to require the Michigan Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1 each year. The joint resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to establish the July 1 deadline and ensure lawmakers adhere to it. Should the…

Rep. Bellino hosts local office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Oct. 23 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties. “Since taking office, I have held nearly 30 separate office hour sessions throughout our communities,” Rep. Bellino said. “I look forward to continuing to follow through on my commitment to remain accessible…

Rep. Bellino testifies on bill package to end driver responsibility fees

Legislator says fees do nothing to improve driving skills   State Rep. Joe Bellino today testified before the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee on his bill, part of a sweeping bipartisan legislative package, to end driver responsibility fees by October 2018. Bellino, of Monroe, told the committee the threat of having to pay driver responsibility fees…

Rep. Bellino votes for bill banning local taxes on food

Levies would hurt families, farmers, job creators   State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted for legislation prohibiting local governments from imposing taxes on food and beverages. Bellino, of Monroe, said local taxes on food recently levied in parts of Illinois and Pennsylvania had immediate negative impact on those communities. He said the Michigan House is…

Rep. Bellino says new auto insurance plan will save money for Michigan families

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe escalated his fight against high auto insurance rates today, joining a bipartisan coalition introducing legislation to slash costs for Michigan drivers. Bellino supports legislation that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering motorists more…

Rep. Bellino announces September office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Sept. 25 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties. “Meeting with residents in our community during monthly office hours is always rewarding,” Rep. Bellino said. “I look forward to discussing any ideas people have about state government and improving our great…

First responders join Rep. Bellino for Sept. 11 Memorial Service

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today hosted special guests (from left) Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies Jeremy Peters and Marjorie Martin, Monroe Police Chief Charles McCormick and Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Modica for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of…

Rep. Bellino announces informational meeting on auto insurance reform

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host an informational meeting and conversation on the need for auto insurance reform with special guest state Rep. Lana Theis. Rep. Theis currently chairs the House Insurance Committee and has been leading the fight to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance. “As I see it, the current auto insurance…

Rep. Bellino says schools will see increased funding after classes resume

School budget contains record amount for next fiscal year   State Rep. Joe Bellino today said when students head back to the classroom as the summer break ends, they will be returning to schools that are in line for additional funds to invest in education. Bellino, of Monroe, said the Legislature passed a school budget…

Rep. Bellino: Time is ticking in fight to stop spread of Asian carp

State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today called for prompt action now that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a study detailing options for preventing Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. The long-awaited report assesses the viability of establishing various control mechanisms at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill.,…

Rep. Bellino: House checks off priorities during first half of session

Still much work to do to improve life in Michigan State Rep. Joe Bellino today said the Michigan House has made significant progress in addressing issues important to people in Monroe and Wayne counties, but there is still a great deal of work to be done to improve life for families locally and throughout the…

Rep. Bellino announces July office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Wednesday, July 26 to meet with residents in Monroe and Wayne counties. “I always enjoy the opportunity to connect with people directly,” Rep. Bellino said. “I encourage residents to attend so I can listen to their concerns and learn how I can better serve…