House bills increase government transparency in governor’s office, Legislature

10-bill bipartisan package celebrates Sunshine Week The public will have increased access to Michigan’s executive branch and the state Legislature records through a 10-bill bipartisan package unveiled today by House lawmakers. State Reps. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, and Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield, have sponsored bills to subject the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor to FOIA…

Rep. McBroom appointed to new joint panel to review Flint water crisis

State Rep. Ed McBroom of Vulcan today was appointed vice chair of the new bipartisan Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency to review the findings surrounding the water crisis and explore policy solutions to prevent a similar disaster in the future. The committee is made up of three members from each chamber…

McBroom to lead House committee

Local lawmaker appointed ethics panel chair, caucus dean State Rep. Ed McBroom has been appointed chair of the House Oversight and Ethics Committee and named House Republican Caucus dean for the 2015-16 legislative session. The lawmaker also was assigned to serve on the Education, Energy Policy, and Natural Resources committees. “It’s an honor to be…

House resolutions support UP utility recalculation

McBroom, Kivela call on feds to reconsider electricity costs The Michigan House yesterday approved two resolutions aimed at protecting Upper Peninsula residents from skyrocketing electrical bills associated with a federally required $100 million additional cost to keep the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette operating. State Reps. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, and John Kivela, D-Marquette, sponsored…

Delta, Dickinson road projects on MDOT list

County Road 521 and US-2 will see improvements as part of a second round of special state funding, Rep. Ed McBroom announced this afternoon. “Fixing Michigan’s roads is a top priority for the state’s residents and the Legislature and governor have debated different ideas for how to get to a solution,” said McBroom, R-Vulcan. “Tackling…

New laws expand students’ class choices

McBroom, Johnson bills expand state curriculum for voc ed   Michigan high school students can have career and vocational technology course options more easily count toward graduation with the signing of Public Acts 208 and 209 today by Gov. Rick Snyder. State Reps. Ed McBroom of Vulcan and Joel Johnson of Clare have worked for more…

Curriculum flexibility bills heading to governor

More student choices would expand well-rounded education  Legislation enhancing the Michigan Merit Curriculum to allow students more educational options and opportunities have been approved by the state Legislature. State Rep. Ed McBroom, sponsor of House Bill 4465, Sen. Tom Casperson, and Reps. John Kivela and Scott Dianda and have been working on the bills that…

Rep. McBroom helps kick off June Dairy Month

State Rep. Ed McBroom and Sen. Judy Emmons gave the opening address during the annual Dairy Foods Awareness Day at the state Capitol on Wednesday to celebrate Michigan June Dairy Month. “It’s a pleasure to serve the UP and its residents at the Capitol, but also to represent different dairy issues,” said McBroom, a lifelong…

McBroom: Elect state ed board members by region

Voters could restructure representation starting in 2015 Michigan voters could decide to have regional representation on the state board of education starting in 2015 if the Legislature approves a measure sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom. House Joint Resolution GG would have the state education board candidates nominated by party conventions and elected from single-member districts…

McBroom measure increases legislative efficiency

Bipartisan effort modernizes effective date for new laws Michigan’s 100-plus-year-old process for enacting new laws in the state will better reflect the modern work process of the Legislature under a proposal introduced this week by Rep. Ed McBroom. House Joint Resolution FF of 2014, which was cosponsored by 96 of the 110 Republican and Democrat…

Bills protect firearms owner privacy

Firearms owners’ private information would be shielded from Freedom of Information Act requests under legislation currently being considered in the Michigan House. State Rep. Ed McBroom was among six legislators giving testimony today to the House Judiciary Committee on House Bills 4155 and 5324-5329. McBroom is the sponsor of HB 5326, which addresses bar or…

Lawmakers call on president to assist with propane shortage

Nesbitt, McBroom urge White House to act State Reps. Aric Nesbitt and Ed McBroom, along with many of their colleagues, today sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging the White House to suspend federal weight limits and other restrictions to provide quicker delivery of propane to Michigan. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, who chairs the House Energy…

Measure clarifies new law to remove any doubt about jury trials

LANSING – Michigan residents who have the right to a trial by jury against the state can continue to bring their lawsuit in local circuit court under legislation introduced today by Rep. Mike Shirkey and co-sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom.  The legislation clarifies a new state law that gave voters from across the state a…