Rep. Lilly welcomes local first responders to Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lilly today welcomed Captain John Woliffs Undersheriff Valerie Weiss to the Michigan Capitol rotunda for the annual House of Representatives Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony. House members invited first responders from their communities to be their guests for the service that also honors Michigan first responders and military who lost their…

Rep. Lilly votes for fiscally responsible state budget

Legislator: Key investments in roads, students, mental health care   State Rep. Jim Lilly today voted for budget bills that make record investments in K-12 schools and the transportation system while designating more spending for mental health care in Ottawa County. “This is a responsible budget that keys in on priorities that are important to…

Rep. Lilly honors public servant with memorial tribute

                                        PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lilly presented a memorial tribute to the family of the late Jim Hall from the Office of the Inspector General. Jim was a dedicated public servant in state government since…

House approves Rep. Lilly’s plan allowing wineries, others to sell water

Legislation corrects ‘ridiculous’ over-regulation   The Michigan House today unanimously approved state Rep. Jim Lilly’s plan allowing companies that make wine, beer and spirits to sell water and other non-alcoholic drinks without having to obtain a special license. Rep. Lilly, of Park Township, said winemakers, brandy manufacturers, small distillers, micro brewers and brewers would have…

House approves Rep. Lilly’s plan requiring fiscal notes on all bills

Legislator: Cost to state, taxpayers should be known in advance   The Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly requiring all bills placed before legislative committees to include reports on the implications they will have on the state budget. Rep. Lilly, of Park Township, introduced the legislation after he was…

Rep. Lilly plan to limit senseless election recounts signed into law

State Rep. Jim Lilly’s plan to prevent frivolous recounts that are extremely unlikely to impact the results of an election in Michigan was recently signed into law. Lilly, of Park Township, said the events that transpired in Michigan following the 2016 presidential election inspired his legislation. “Jill Stein, who lost by more than two million…

Education panel approves Rep. Lilly’s new teacher prep bill

The House Education Reform Committee today approved state Rep. Jim Lilly’s legislation calling for expanding instruction on student teacher experience and classroom management to better prepare new teachers for Michigan classrooms. “Some new teachers are graduating from college unprepared for the environment in which they could be teaching in and the students they will help…

Rep. Lilly to co-chair bipartisan MI Future Caucus

LANSING – State Rep. Jim Lilly today launched the bipartisan MI Future Caucus, a caucus made up of 50 legislators under 40 years old.  The goal of the MI Future Caucus is to engage with young people by breaking through the partisan divide and to focus on generational issues to unite legislators. “I’ve heard a…

Rep. Lilly votes for increased road repair funding

Legislation will allocate $1.9 million to Ottawa County, more to local road projects   State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, voted today for $175 million in added funding for state, county and local road preservation and construction projects this year. Ottawa County will receive $1.9 million in additional fund, beyond what was previously budgeted…

Representatives Lilly and García announce community mental health forum

Representatives Jim Lilly (R- Park Township) and Daniela García (R-Holland) invite Ottawa County residents to attend an upcoming forum on community mental health issues. The forum is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fillmore Complex (Main Conference Room), 12220 Fillmore St. in West Olive.  Guest speakers will include MDHHS…

Rep. Lilly: We must invest in local veteran service offices

Lawmaker is cosponsor for bill providing counties grants for veteran services State Rep. Jim Lilly of Park Township last week cosponsored legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran services through a new grant program. Under this legislation, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an…

Rep. Lilly votes for sales tax relief back to Michigan residents

State Rep. Jim Lilly voted on Wednesday to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan drivers and families seeking to buy motor vehicles. The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a…