Rep. Howell: Canadians Drop Plan to Place Radioactive Waste on Lake Huron Shore

Local lawmaker remains vigilante against potential contamination State Representative Gary Howell (R-Deerfield Twp.) claimed a partial victory last week, as an Ontario nuclear power company has officially dropped its plan to place tons of radioactive waste on a site within a half mile of the Lake Huron shore, directly across from the Thumb of Michigan….

Governor signs Rep. Howell’s bipartisan coal ash bill

Despite Covid-19, Howell continues to work for his district Last week, a bill sponsored by State Representative Gary Howell (R-Deerfield Twp.) was signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as Michigan Public Act 85 of 2020. “The purpose of this bill was to update Michigan’s coal ash management system in order to be consistent with…

Rep. Howell disagrees with Governor’s regional plan, does not support extension

There’s more to Michigan than Detroit, different tactics needed State Representative Gary Howell (R-Deerfield Twp.) joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives on Thursday in voting to restore representative democracy and end the Governor’s unilateral control over the state’s coronavirus response. The recent actions in the Legislature are intended to return Michigan to a…

Howell commends Governor for revised order

Landscapers, greenhouses and boaters now able to operate safely State Representative Gary Howell (R-Deerfield Twp.) announced today that he is pleased to have worked with a number of constituents and the Lapeer County Farm Bureau to convince Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to revise her emergency orders. At the behest of Lapeer County residents who contacted him,…

Rep. Howell: Bipartisan education agreement reached

K-12 education remains top priority State Representative Gary Howell (R-North Branch) announced Thursday that a bipartisan agreement has been reached regarding school closures caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The Governor, working closely with the Legislature, has issued Executive Order 2020-35, which is an attempt to salvage our children’s education for the current school year. “This…

House of Representatives overwhelmingly passes Howell’s Pheasant Stamp Bill

Bill seeks to permanently support pheasant stocking programs on state-owned lands The House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 17th, overwhelmingly passed a bill sponsored by State Representative Gary Howell (R-North Branch) that would increase the pheasant population in Michigan as well as improve habitat on state-owned land. The vote was 76-16. “Michigan once had a…

Rep. Howell honors Michigan Downtown Association’s 40th anniversary

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch recently presented a tribute to the Michigan Downtown Association (MDA) recognizing the organization’s 40th anniversary. In attendance to receive the tribute were Dana Walker, director of the MDA and former director of the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority DDA; James Alt, executive director of the Lapeer DDA and…

Howell Bill improves technical error in 2018 solid waste statute

Science-backed legislation will protect Michigan’s water and other precious natural resources A bipartisan bill introduced by state Representatives Gary Howell (R–North Branch) and Sarah Cambensy (D-Marquette) will correct a technical gap that was recently discovered in legislation passed in 2018 that was designed to protect the environment while implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s coal ash…

Howell bill to assist Michigan veterans approved by House

The Michigan House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly approved a plan by state Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) eliminating the fee for the special designation on Korean War veteran license plates. Howell’s measure is part of a bipartisan, multi-bill package removing the fees for various veteran and military designations on license plates. “It is important…

Rep. Howell resolution to Protect the Great Lakes passes House

Nuclear waste resolution now goes to the Senate State Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) recently addressed the Michigan House of Representatives in support of his House Concurrent Resolution 12, which he sponsored in response to a Canadian proposal to dispose of high-level nuclear waste near the shores of Lake Huron. Howell gave an impassioned plea…

Rep. Howell presented with military honors by Congressman Mitchell

State Rep. Gary Howell was recently awarded four long overdue medals he earned 50 years ago while serving in Korea during the Vietnam War. Congressman Paul Mitchell presented the medals to Howell, a U.S. Army veteran. The awards presentation took place at American Legion Post 16 in Lapeer, where Howell is a life member. He…

Rep. Howell continues fight against bill to eliminate mining regulations

State Representative Gary Howell (R -North Branch) this week testified in opposition to Senate Bill 431 in the Senate Transportation Committee. The Senate bill, if enacted, would strip away local control and give aggregate companies full authority to establish gravel mines anywhere in Michigan regardless of what the local citizens and their township officials say…

Rep. Howell: Latest mining proposal endangers communities

Hearings began recently in the Senate Transportation Committee on Senate Bill 431, sponsored by Senator Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), which would strip every Michigan township of local control over mining activities in their communities. The bill would deny local governments the right to prevent gravel mining at any location. The decision on whether or not mining…