Bellino calls for stiffer penalties for process servers who commit fraud

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe testified today before the House Judiciary Committee in support of his legislation creating more accountability for officials tasked with serving legal notices. Bellino said ensuring that people are given proper notice of court proceedings is fundamental to their due process right. “Falsely claiming to serve notice of a court…

Bellino part of bipartisan plan to improve the state’s unemployment system

State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today introduced a bill in a bipartisan plan to fix Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.  The legislation is based on findings of a workgroup consisting of industry experts and legislators. The plan will provide clarity, restore integrity and improve accountability within the agency and address the faults of the unemployment…

Michigan Senate approves Bellino’s bill helping police and fire retirees

The Michigan Senate today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino providing income tax relief to younger police and fire department retirees not covered by Social Security. The legislation is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. “I look forward to this proposal becoming state law,” Bellino, of Monroe, said after the…

Rep. Bellino bill protects consumers by establishing free credit freeze ability

State Rep. Joseph Bellino recently introduced legislation that provides free security freezes through consumer credit-reporting agencies. When a freeze is placed on a credit report, those looking to engage in fraud are unable to open a credit card, mortgage or additional form of credit in the name of the individual they are trying to impersonate….

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…