Rep. Hall’s plan to protect vulnerable children advances in Michigan House

State Rep. Matt Hall’s legislation to better protect Michigan’s vulnerable children and improve the performance of the state’s Children’s Protective Services (CPS) division is advancing in the state House. Hall’s proposal came in the wake of a 2018 performance audit that called into question the effectiveness and efficiency of CPS. The House Oversight Committee, chaired…

Rep. Hall’s sports betting plan now law

State Rep. Matt Hall’s plan permitting sports wagering in Michigan with important consumer protections has been signed into law. With the governor’s signature, Michigan becomes the latest state to legalize sports betting. Hall said the legalization will benefit communities across the state through revenue for local public services and schools. “Today marks the day Michigan…

Odds improving greatly on governor’s signature for Rep. Hall’s sports betting plan

Final legislative approval given for landmark proposal The state House today gave final legislative approval to Rep. Matt Hall’s plan permitting sports wagering in Michigan with important consumer protections. The overwhelmingly bipartisan vote brings Michigan one step closer to joining other states that have already legalized sports betting. Hall said the legalization will benefit communities…

Rep. Hall: House approves budget plan cleaning up governor’s budget mess

State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Marshall) and the Michigan House this week overwhelmingly approved measures to reverse many of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget vetoes – a key step in the effort to restore funding for K-12 students, public safety, health care, veterans and other vital initiatives. Whitmer vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she…

Reps. Hall, Schroeder introduce plan to make Michigan child abuse investigations more effective and transparent

Reps. Andrea Schroeder and Matt Hall recently introduced a plan that will allow Michigan Children’s Ombudsman investigators to dedicate more resources to cases where child abuse is suspected while improving transparency and accountability. The legislation is sparked in part by an April 2019 audit which found the Children’s Ombudsman office was not investigating a large…

Rep. Hall helps advance historic expungement reforms

State Rep. Matt Hall recently joined the Michigan House in approving a plan to expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old criminal convictions a new opportunity to start fresh. Hall, of Marshall Township, said the innovative proposal will make Michigan a leader in criminal justice reform. “Many Michigan residents…

Michigan House approves Rep. Hall’s plan to permit sports betting

The state House today approved Rep. Matt Hall’s plan to permit sports wagering in Michigan with important consumer protections. The bipartisan House vote is a significant step forward for the plan, which would benefit Michigan communities through revenue for local public services and schools. “Everyone knows thousands of Michigan residents already bet on sports every…

House panel hears Hall plan reining in fake support animal prescriptions

State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Marshall) today testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his bipartisan plan regulating how emotional support animals are prescribed, while exploring stiffer penalties for those who intentionally falsify the need for them. “There is no clarity within the rules regarding qualifications for an emotional support animal, and because…

Rep. Hall: ‘Raise the Age’ plan advances to governor’s desk

A plan backed by state Rep. Matt Hall to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Hall said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who…

Rep. Hall: Governor must clean up the budget mess she created

This column first appeared in the Oct. 12, 2019 edition of the Marshall Advisor & Chronicle. You may view it here. The problem with career politicians is they get so caught up in political games they forget their actions have real consequences for real people. That is exactly what Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has done with…

Rep. Hall: Governor should accept Michigan Legislature’s budget plan

Rep. Matt Hall said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should sign budget bills recently approved by the Michigan Legislature, avoiding a government shutdown while putting more money into schools and road repairs without her proposed 45-cent per gallon gas tax increase. “People said ‘no’ to the governor’s massive tax increase, and she walked away from budget negotiations,”…

Open letter to the governor on vaping ban

September 18, 2019   The Honorable Governor Whitmer George W. Romney Building 111 S Capitol Ave Lansing, MI 48933   The Honorable Governor Whitmer, As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, I urge you to consider and accommodate the concerns of stakeholders and the public when your administration proposes permanent rules to address the public…