Rep. Lauwers votes to eliminate driver responsibility fees

Measures also allow path to new driver’s license   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted to eliminate the punitive driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1, forgive outstanding debt and provide a money-saving grace period for those seek to have driving privileges restored. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the bipartisan package of bills also allow people…

Rep. Lauwers votes for tax relief in light of changes at federal level

Bills continuing, increasing personal exemptions head to governor State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted to support legislation providing broad income tax relief to Michigan families. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall. “My personal preference would be to…

Rep. Lauwers applauds House passage of tax relief legislation

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted in favor of legislation that will result in meaningful tax relief for Michiganders. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the legislation approved by a bipartisan majority in the House increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents and allows additional tax credits for people age 62 and older. “The…

Rep. Lauwers applauds work of House mental health task force

Legislator optimistic about changes on the horizon State Rep. Dan Lauwers, House Majority Leader, said today he looks forward to the many legislative changes that will come as a result of the House’s mental health task force report, which was unveiled Wednesday and included recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system….

Rep. Lauwers hails veto override as a tax relief victory for Michigan families

Legislation accelerates reforms adopted in 2013   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted to speed sales tax relief for Michigan families buying cars, trucks and other motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues. The vote means tax relief for people buying vehicles with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in…

Rep. Lauwers bill to help restore Michigan’s vital shipping industry

A bill proposed by state Rep. Dan Lauwers promoting shipping jobs and protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species in ballast water discharge on Thursday advanced in a Michigan House vote. Michigan currently has the most stringent ballast water discharge laws of states that share the Great Lakes. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export…

Rep. Lauwers: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees

Debt forgiveness key aspect of bipartisan legislation   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today joined a bipartisan majority of his colleagues in the House by voting to end punitive driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said a previous administration that was caught up in irresponsible spending left the Legislature desperate for…

Rep. Lauwers, township officials eager for start to bridge repair

Span over Belle River has been closed for more than a year   State Rep. Dan Lauwers and China Township officials say they are ready for repairs to begin on a key bridge over the Belle River, which has been closed for more than a year. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the Legislature in July…

Rep. Lauwers supports bipartisan no-fault reform

Majority Floor Leader says it’s time to take action   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today joined a bipartisan coalition of his colleagues in the state Capitol as they unveiled a comprehensive plan to fix Michigan’s broken auto insurance system and significantly lower rates for drivers. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said Michigan has the highest auto…

Rep. Lauwers bill allows fraternal organizations to fundraise on public roads

‘Tootsie Roll’ bill to add more organizations State Rep. Dan Lauwers today testified in the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his bill to allow an individual to solicit contributions on behalf of fraternal charitable organizations on and near Michigan roadways. A new law allows an individual to solicit contributions on public…

Rep. Lauwers: School starts with record state funding on tap

All districts in area receive more than basic amount   With schools ready to open their doors for a new year of classes, state Rep. Dan Lauwers said K-12 school districts will be doing so with a record amount of state funding on the horizon. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said all school districts in Michigan…

Rep. Lauwers says signed state budget shrinks government, saves taxpayer money

Responsible spending blueprint works for all Michiganders   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent signing of the state budget, which emphasizes items that are important to Michiganders. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, who serves as House Majority Floor Leader, said the budget spends more on K-12 education than ever before and includes…

Rep. Lauwers to host bologna festival ceremony with Traveling Vietnam memorial

State Rep. Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township will be the featured speaker at the opening ceremonies for the Yale Bologna Festival on July 27 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Yale. This year, the festival features the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, a veteran-owned small business helping those unable to visit the great national memorial sites pay…