Johnson bill allowing ‘ballot selfies’ passes out of committee

Today, the House Elections and Ethics committee passed a Rep. Steve Johnson bill that would allow Michigan voters to take “ballot selfies.” Currently, Michigan Secretary of State rules prohibit voters from taking photos of their ballots. Johnson’s legislation would allow a voter, whether at a polling place or voting absentee, to take a picture of…

LaFave: No to ‘triple tax’ on enjoying the great outdoors

State Rep. Beau LaFave opposed an attempt to charge more fees to ATV users and voted ‘no’ in the Michigan House Wednesday on a proposal to require a Recreation Passport for access to trailhead parking. “Adding fees to our trailheads is death by a thousand paper cuts for anyone who wants to enjoy pure Michgian,”…

Rep. LaFave votes to build utility pipeline, Canadian company foots the bill

A plan approved today with bipartisan support in the Michigan House protects the Great Lakes while providing crucial energy and creating jobs and opportunity in the Upper Peninsula, said state Rep. Beau LaFave. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a multi-use utility tunnel will provide a safer alternative for transporting…

Line 5: Rep. Glenn votes ‘yes’ for energy security and Michigan jobs

State Rep. Gary Glenn said a plan overwhelmingly approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support is a key step toward energy security for Michigan and the creation of thousands of jobs. Glenn, of Midland, said he was proud to stand with the representatives of both parties who serve Midland and Bay counties in…

VanderWall plan allowing carry-out licenses for smaller towns passes Senate

The Michigan Senate today unanimously approved state Rep. Curt VanderWall’s plan to allow carry-out beer and wine licenses to be issued in towns with populations below 1,000 people. Rep. VanderWall, of Ludington, said current law permits one license to sell beer and wine for every 1,000 people living in a given town, but many communities…

Rep. Cole: Bureaucracy must get out of the way of job creation

Michigan House approves lawmaker’s plan improving state’s competitiveness The Michigan House of Representatives today gave final legislative approval to a plan authored by state Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, limiting the ability of state departments from adopting rules that are more stringent than federal government regulations without showing a clear and convincing need. Cole’s measure…

Rep. Lower: Line 5 tunnel best option for Michigan families, job providers

Representative supports plan forming tunnel to protect our Great Lakes Rep. Jim Lower today hailed a bipartisan plan approved by the state House as a key step toward energy security for Michigan residents and the creation of thousands of jobs for Michigan workers. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a…

Rep. VanderWall supports plan for Straits utility tunnel

VanderWall: This plan is a safe and reliable solution for our energy needs State Rep. Curt VanderWall today supported a plan to protect the Great Lakes by providing proper oversight for the new underground infrastructure corridor in the Straits of Mackinac. The plan received bipartisan support. VanderWall, of Ludington, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to…

Rep. Bellino: Line 5 tunnel best option for Michigan families, job providers

Representative supports plan forming new tunnel oversight panel State Rep. Joe Bellino said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support is a key step toward energy security for Michigan residents and the creation of thousands of jobs for Michigan workers. Bellino, of Monroe, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a…

Chatfield, House approve plan forming new oversight panel for Line 5 tunnel

State Rep. Lee Chatfield said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support will protect the Great Lakes by providing the proper oversight for the new underground infrastructure corridor in the Straits of Mackinac. Chatfield, of Levering, said the plan creates a new, independent authority – not the Mackinac Bridge Authority –…

Rep. Hoitenga: Michigan House approves resolution calling for crackdown on robocalls

The Michigan House today approved Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s resolution calling for more power to stop unwanted robocalls and solicitations. Hoitenga’s resolution asks Congress to grant additional authority to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crack down on the phone calls bothering households from coast to coast. “These calls are annoying and, in some cases, illegal,”…

Rep. Rendon supports plan forming new oversight panel for Line 5 tunnel

State Rep. Daire Rendon said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support will protect the Great Lakes by providing proper oversight for the new underground infrastructure corridor in the Straits of Mackinac. Rendon, of Lake City, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a multi-use utility tunnel will allow for the…

Rep. Hoitenga: Line 5 tunnel the best option for Northern Michigan

Representative supports plan forming new tunnel oversight panel State Rep. Michele Hoitenga said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support will protect the Great Lakes by providing proper oversight for the new underground infrastructure corridor in the Straits of Mackinac. Hoitenga, of Manton, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a…