Rep. Hornberger: Bail reforms needed to address jail overcrowding

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger this week introduced a comprehensive plan addressing the overcrowding of Michigan jails. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said approximately 41 percent of the people housed in Michigan’s county jails are there because they cannot post bail. “The system is broken,” Hornberger said. “Too many people accused of minor crimes are stuck in…

Hornberger advocates for equal allocation of CTE programs

Lawmaker: Traditional, charter, nonpublic schools should be treated equally A bill introduced by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township requiring the equal allocation of career technical education (CTE) programs for all traditional, charter and nonpublic schools in Michigan was approved by the House Education Reform Committee. “CTE programs are so valuable to paving a…

Rep. Hornberger praises plans for new Macomb County veterans home

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, today expressed her excitement for a new state-of-the-art veterans home on the site of former military housing at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County. “This is wonderful news for Macomb County on two fronts,” Hornberger said. “This facility will provide much-needed care for veterans while…

Rep. Hornberger supports plan to honor fallen law enforcement hero

Portion of M-53 in Macomb County renamed the Sergeant Wouters Memorial Highway State Rep. Pamela Hornberger supports a plan to honor fallen Warren Police Detective Sgt. Christopher Michael Wouters by renaming a portion of M-53 in Macomb County. The section between 14 Mile Road and south to 8 Mile Road would be known as the…

COLUMN: Fight for auto insurance reform must go on

The fee hike reflected in our auto insurance bills this month serves as the latest painful reminder that we must reform Michigan’s car insurance system. Beginning July 1, the mandatory annual fee we pay through our car insurance to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) went up to $192 per vehicle – a 13-percent…

Rep. Hornberger: Straits must be protected

Legislator backs plan to bolster Great Lakes safety standards   State Rep. Pamela Hornberger recently signed on to a legislative plan to help protect the Straits of Mackinac from environmental disasters by strengthening safety standards. Rep. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said an April incident involving a tug boat dragging an anchor across the bottom of…

Rep. Hornberger: New state budget protects taxpayers when K-12 schools charge tuition

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger announced she supports a new provision in Michigan’s state budget that bans K-12 public schools from receiving tuition and collecting per-pupil state taxpayer aid for the same student. “We must have a system that respects taxpayers, and eliminating this ‘double dipping’ is a step in the right direction,” said Hornberger, of…

COLUMN: New state spending plan makes smart investments in Michigan schools

Ultimately, Michigan can’t succeed without healthy schools. Building a better future for our state requires smart, sensible investments in education to prepare our children and grandchildren for success. As a former teacher now serving in the Michigan House, I’m proud to say the $14.8 billion K-12 school budget the Legislature adopted last week is the…

Rep. Hornberger secures state funding for Chesterfield Township park

Rep. Pamela Hornberger today successfully secured state money to help with improvements at a Chesterfield Township park. The funding is included in a new state budget approved by the Michigan Legislature. The $50,000 allocation will help build a parking lot for Veteran’s Memorial Park on Community Center Drive between Hall Road and 21 Mile Road…

Hornberger testifies on plan to hold elected boards accountable

Senate committee considers legislation in response to Larry Nassar scandal PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, today testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on her plan to improve an outdated law governing the removal of elected state and university board officials for gross negligence, corrupt conduct and other illegal behavior. #####

Rep. Hornberger’s measure streamlining tax-exempt purchases signed into law

Rep. Pamela Hornberger’s measure making it easier for schools, non-profits and qualified businesses to complete tax-exempt purchases in Michigan has been signed into law. The new law assists buyers who qualify for sales use and tax exemptions on certain purchases but don’t claim the exemption at the time of purchase. Buyers now will be able…

House approves Hornberger plan to remove elected trustees for illegal acts

Bill is part of legislative package in response to Larry Nassar scandal The state House today approved Rep. Pamela Hornberger’s legislation to allow the removal of an elected member of the state board of education or university board with cause. Under the state Constitution, the governor can remove elected board members for gross negligence, corrupt…

COLUMN: Time to improve access to mental health services in Michigan

The statistics are distressing: Hundreds of thousands of people in Michigan live with mental health conditions and the majority don’t receive any form of treatment. As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I want to recognize the importance of removing the stigma behind mental illness and creating an atmosphere where people who are struggling feel…