Johnson bill introduced to protect cell phone data privacy

Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced House Bill 5572, which would require law enforcement that obtains an individual’s phone records as an indirect circumstance of an investigation either secure a warrant or provide notice that personal information had been accessed. Currently, law enforcement across the state and nation have access to “stingray” devices, which are mobile…

Rep. Johnson announces July office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:   Friday, July 19th Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Road SE in Kentwood 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S. Main St. in Wayland 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Open and…

Rep. Johnson announces June office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, June 14th Allegan County Big Boy 1180 W. Superior St. in Wayland 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Road SE in Kentwood 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. “Open and honest communication with…

Rep. Johnson announces May office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, May 17, 2019 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Door 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Chick-fil-A 1545 Edgeknoll Drive in Gaines Twp. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. “Open and honest communication with residents is…

Rep. Johnson introduces legislation to promote energy resilience, enable microgrids

Representative Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today introduced legislation to promote energy resilience by allowing the use of microgrids, which enable energy users with renewable energy systems to disconnect from the main electric grid during outages and continue powering their facilities. Currently, energy customers that generate renewable energy and connect to the grid are not able to…

Rep. Johnson announces February office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Monday, February 25th, 2019 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Kent County Russ’ 6444 Division Ave. S in Gaines 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.   “Open and honest communication with residents…

Legislation to remove roadside cash payment passed by House

The Michigan House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 6012, which was part of a legislative package to ensure Michigan drivers will no longer be required to pay cash on the roadside if stopped for a traffic citation when driving out-of-state. Currently, when a Michigan driver is issued a…

Johnson bills repealing obsolete regulations signed into law

Two bills sponsored by state Rep. Steve Johnson repealing outdated provisions of Michigan law were recently signed by the governor. Johnson said these initiatives improve government efficiency and accountability while cutting wasteful taxpayer spending. “Removing outdated regulations ensures that our laws are concise, accurate and representative of today’s landscape,” said Johnson, of Wayland. “My priorities…

House approves Rep. Johnson bill to repeal case mandate

Allows hunters to carry bows from location to location without risk of jail time Today, the Michigan House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 5417, which would remove a mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased while being transported in a vehicle. “I view this change as a simple criminal justice…

Bills would give legislature, not bureaucrats, direct say in vaccine requirements

State Reps. Steve Johnson and John Reilly today introduced legislation that would require new mandated vaccine guidelines to be approved by a vote of the state legislature. “As chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, I often see state departments proposing rules that attempt to go beyond the scope of what the legislature originally…

Rep. Johnson memorializes fallen soldier during Sept. 11 ceremony

State Rep. Steven Johnson today took part in the House of Representatives’ Sept. 11 Memorial Service, honoring a soldier from Grand Rapids who died in the line of duty. Johnson, of Wayland, read the name of U.S. Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, who died May 14 in a military vehicle accident in Hawaii. “On the anniversary…

State Rep. Joel Johnson, son attend 2016 State of the State

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, welcomed his eldest son Clayton Johnson to the House chamber on Tuesday evening for Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2016 State of the State address. “I’m glad the governor not only showcased the great strides we have made, such as in employment and education, but also addressed the challenges Michigan is facing,”…

New law reduces frivolous equine lawsuits

Rep. Johnson liability measure requires willful, wanton negligence When Gov. Rick Snyder signed Public Act 87 of 2015 this past summer Michigan joined a majority of other states that recognize the inherent risk accepted while participating in equine activities and therefore limit frivolous lawsuits involving horse-related incidents. State Rep. Joel Johnson sponsored the law to…