Rep. Lower: Giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants a dangerous idea

State Rep. Jim Lower today said he is strongly opposed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s radical proposal to issue Michigan driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Lower, of Greenville, said Michigan should focus on reforms that improve the lives of law-abiding citizens, rather than making life easier for individuals who willfully break the law by residing here…

Rep. Lower introduces proposal to protect water quality across Michigan

State Rep. Jim Lower of Greenville today introduced a plan to modify the state’s emergency manager law, replacing the single person emergency management structure with a three-person Financial Management Team. The plan is part of a larger reform package addressing the safety and security of Michigan’s drinking water supply. “This proposal to update the state’s…

Legislature files suit challenging AG’s opinion on petition initiative law

Rep. Lower: Nessel, Benson can’t pick and choose which laws to enforce State Rep. Jim Lower today announced the Michigan House and Senate have filed two lawsuits against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for refusing to follow the 2018 petition initiate law that the attorney general erroneously declared to be unconstitutional. Lower praised the decision…

Rep. Lower: House completes landmark no-fault car insurance reforms

With deal in place, plan heads to governor’s desk State Rep. Jim Lower, of Greenville, today cast a pivotal vote in favor of a proposal that brings savings to drivers in Gratiot and Montcalm counties through lower car insurance prices. The plan, which needed additional legislative approval after an initial House vote earlier in the…

Rep. Lower: Michigan must preserve legal protections for unborn children

State Rep. Jim Lower’s resolution to declare the House’s intention of preserving legal safeguards for unborn children in Michigan was approved today by the Michigan House. Lower, of Cedar Lake, expressed disgust at an emerging movement encouraging people to celebrate their abortions. He said some people have even thrown parties to celebrate their abortions, with…

Rep. Lower casts historic vote to reduce car insurance rates in Michigan

House approves landmark legislation State Rep. James Lower today voted to bring lower car insurance prices to residents and families in Montcalm and Gratiot counties, joining House legislators in approving a plan to reform Michigan’s broken no-fault system. The plan guarantees lower rates for all drivers in Michigan, which now have the highest average car…

Rep. Lower’s plan drives down vehicle registration costs

Fees would be based on vehicle age, not original sticker price State Rep. Jim Lower today introduced a plan to save drivers money by lowering the cost of car registration fees. Lower explained that under Michigan’s current system, vehicle registration is based on the original sticker price of the vehicle. The age and depreciation of…

Rep. Lower plan increases transparency of political mailers

Legislation introduced during Sunshine Week State Rep. Jim Lower today introduced a plan to ensure people are fully informed about who is paying for the political advertisements they receive in the mail. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said current law does not require election-related communications paid for by organizations to contain a “paid for by” disclaimer…

Rep. Lower issues statement after governor announces revised environmental order

State Rep. James Lower, of Cedar Lake, today issued the following statement following Gov. Whitmer’s decision to revise a previous plan that was rejected by the Legislature and issue another executive order reorganizing the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality: “I’m glad Gov. Whitmer finally realized she needed to come to the table and work with…

Rep. Lower resolution protects the unborn

State Rep. James Lower today introduced a resolution calling for the protection of life by preserving legal safeguards for unborn children in Michigan. The resolution also calls for recognition of any abortion as a tragic loss of human life. Lower said history will measure Michigan by how well it protects its most vulnerable residents. “We…

Senate approves Rep. Lower resolution blocking governor’s power grab

Important environmental input panels will remain in place State Rep. Jim Lower today praised his colleagues in the Michigan Senate for approving his resolution to block a power grab from the new governor that overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature. The Michigan House approved the measure last week. Without…

Rep. Lower: State government must work carefully, wisely to build a better Michigan

State Rep. James Lower, of Cedar Lake, reflected on comments made by the governor in Tuesday night’s State of the State address while underscoring his priorities as a member of the 100th Michigan Legislature. Lower addressed a recent House Concurrent Resolution he sponsored that protects the fundamental division of powers within Michigan’s governmental system. The…

Rep. Lower resolution prevents governor’s abuse of power

Executive power grab would eliminate three important panels State Rep. Jim Lower took action this week to block a power grab from the new governor that overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said a recent executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would have eliminated…

Rep. Lower to chair House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee

State Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, has been tapped to lead the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee for the 2019-20 legislative term. Lower is entering his second term in the Michigan House and served as the House Local Government Committee chair for his first term. The new committee will blend together elements…