Rep. Lauwers bill pivotal in restoring Michigan’s shipping industry

The state Legislature today approved a plan from state Rep. Dan Lauwers to bring back shipping jobs to Michigan while maintaining robust standards that keep invasive species from the Great Lakes. Michigan currently has the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export business to surrounding Great…

Rep. Lauwers: DEQ rules-making process should be transparent

Votes to provide oversight, science-based criteria   When a local resident suggested that state Rep. Dan Lauwers run a study to determine which state department draws the most complaints, Rep. Lauwers said he didn’t need a study. He knew the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Treasury Department were hands down the winners in…

Rep. Lauwers encourages kids to explore reading during March

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today urged children to take advantage of March is Reading Month by opening a book and embarking on a journey. “Reading is a great opportunity to venture into a story and travel to faraway places, whether real or imaginary,” Lauwers said. “In today’s fast-paced world full of noise and distractions, sometimes…

Rep. Lauwers votes for additional road funding

Plan improves St. Clair County roads without increasing taxes   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today joined a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues in approving a plan to invest an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as early as this summer. “This is an opportunity to make even more of an investment and…

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…