Rep. Lilly notes many 2017 accomplishments

State Rep. Jim Lilly has completed a busy 2017 in the state House, noting the advancement of his bills to help western Ottawa County and the state as a whole. “Michigan has taken another strong step forward in 2017 and I’m proud to contribute to that,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “Our citizens have given…

Rep. Lilly says five local recreation grants have been recommended by state

State Rep. Jim Lilly today said five Ottawa County recreation grants totaling more than $6 million have been recommended by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board. Lilly, of Park Township, said the two proposed land acquisitions and three development plans will benefit families not only in Ottawa County, but visitors from across the state…

Rep. Lilly’s bill requiring fiscal notes on all bills clears House committee

Legislator: Price tag should be known in advance   The House Government Operations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly requiring all bills scheduled for a hearing before legislative committees to have fiscal notes advising what financial impact each measure will have on the state. Lilly, of Park Township, introduced the bill…

Rep. Lilly: Benefit promises made to first responders should be promises kept

State Representative Jim Lilly today offered votes of support for House bills prioritizing and safeguarding retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees. “Police officers and firefighters serve their communities and protect their neighbors every day they are on the job. We need to make sure they are protected in terms of retirement…

Rep. Lilly: House approves bill helping ensure consistent, proper teacher retirement funding

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Jim Lilly’s legislation to help consistently and properly fund the school employee retirement system. The bill would put current practice into state law, requiring that the state’s contribution to school employee 401(k)-style plans come through a separate and specific allocation by the Legislature. “Under conservative leadership, we…

Rep. Lilly announces office hours in Holland, West Olive, Grand Haven

Rep. Jim Lilly of Park Township is inviting Ottawa County residents to attend his upcoming office hours events, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 8. “I am committed to making our voices heard in Lansing,” Lilly said. “This is a great opportunity for us to share ideas and updates about our state government.”…

Rep. Lilly: Bills ending driver responsibility fees advance after bipartisan House vote

Legislation includes forgiveness of outstanding debt   State Rep. Jim Lilly today joined a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues in approving legislation ending driver responsibility fees and forgiving outstanding debt resulting from the fees. Lilly, of Park Township, said elimination of the fees lifts a financial burden off hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who…

House approves Lilly bill to limit senseless election recounts

The Michigan House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly to prevent recounts from moving forward when they are extremely unlikely to impact the results of an election. Lilly, of Park Township, said the events that transpired in Michigan following the 2016 presidential election inspired his bill….

Rep. Lilly votes for bills ending driver responsibility fees

Measures now move to full House for consideration   State Rep. Jim Lilly today voted for a bipartisan package of bills before the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee to eliminate driver responsibility fees by October 2018 and forgive outstanding debt. Lilly, of Park Township, who is vice chair of the committee, said ending the punitive fees…

Rep. Lilly: Local taxes on food would hurt families, job creators

Committee vice chair votes for ban on local levies   State Rep. Jim Lilly this week voted in support of a bill to prohibit local governments from imposing taxes on food. Lilly, of Park Township, who serves as vice chair of the Michigan Competitiveness Committee where the bill was debated, voted in support of the…

Rep. Lilly joined by first responders for Sept. 11 Memorial Service

LANSING – State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, was joined today by Grand Haven Director of Public Safety Jeff Hawke and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Koster as his guests at the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers those dedicated individuals who served as first…

Rep. Lilly eager to grow student proficiency in area classrooms

State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, looks forward to working with key officials in three Ottawa County school districts to build on student proficiency in the annual Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). The M-STEP tests students in English language arts and math in third-eighth grades, in science in fourth-seventh grades, and in…

Rep. Lilly votes to fund recreation projects in Michigan

List includes five local development State Rep. Jim Lilly today joined his Michigan House colleagues in voting for legislation to fund dozens of recreational projects and land acquisitions, including five in communities he serves. Lilly, of Park Township, said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund uses dedicated money for such projects to fund development of…

Rep. Lilly Announces Summer Reading Challenge

State Rep. Jim Lilly announced the kick-off of his first annual summer reading challenge for students throughout the community.  The “Rep for a Day” contest is designed to encourage children to read over the summer months and win a chance to join Rep. Lilly in Lansing for a day with their family. “In this age…

Rep. Lilly announces June office hours

Rep. Jim Lilly of Park Township invites Ottawa County residents to attend his upcoming office hours events scheduled for Monday, June 5 and Friday, June 16. “I am committed to making our voices heard in Lansing,” Lilly said. “This is a great opportunity to share ideas and updates about our state government.” The office hours…