Michigan House passes its 2019-2020 state budget plan

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.  Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, of Levering, voted in favor of the plan.   “This is the right plan to increase funding for our top priorities without raising taxes on hard-working Michigan families. Everyone at the state capitol has been…

Cheboygan receives state support for downtown redevelopment

The State of Michigan this week announced several new programs to receive state support and incentives for local development. One project, supported by Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, is located in Cheboygan.   Cheboygan Main Street plans to develop an empty building on Main St. in downtown Cheboygan into several new apartments with commercial…

Speaker Chatfield on the Mackinac Straits

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement on the constitutionality of a pipeline in northern Michigan: “Last year, we passed the right legislation to protect the people of Michigan, our critical waterways and our way of life. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on this modern solution to heat their homes…

Historic agreement forged on car insurance reform

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey today released the following statement upon reaching a bipartisan agreement to win the governor’s signature on the House and Senate’s historic car insurance reform plan: “The people we serve are demanding action. For far too long, drivers from Macomb to Menominee and from…

Sweeping civil asset forfeiture reforms signed into law

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement upon civil asset forfeiture reforms being signed into law: “In America, you are innocent until proven guilty. That phrase means something. It is a strong, consistent, and reliable foundation for our justice system and something that sets our nation apart from many others around…

Rep. Chatfield sets local spring and summer office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield is inviting residents to join him during local office hours for the months of May and June. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Friday, May 10, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce 401 E. Mitchell St. Petoskey, MI 49770 Monday, June 17, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Chippewa County EDC- General…

Michigan launches new bipartisan task force on criminal justice reform

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and other state and county leaders today announced the creation of the Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, which will review Michigan’s local court procedures and history to find the most important areas of improvement. The Michigan House of Representatives has made criminal justice reform a priority…

Brian Mills to serve as the new policy director for Michigan House Republicans

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today announced the return of Brian Mills to the Michigan House of Representatives.  Mills will serve as the new policy director for the House Republican Policy Office beginning Monday, April 15. The current policy director, Bill Stone, will be leaving soon for a new opportunity in the Michigan Senate….