Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: April 19, 2018

I recently introduced a House Resolution to declare May 2018 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Michigan. While the C.A.R.E.S. mental health task force I co-chaired has submitted its findings, the work is just beginning. Eleven bills designed to help those with mental health issues have already been approved by the House of Representatives, and…

Rep. Farrington: We need to find solutions for Macomb County roads

Macomb County roads might be in their worst shape ever. Fixing our roads is a top priority and that is why I supported an additional $175 million in statewide transportation funding that was recently signed into law. Macomb County will receive an estimated $4.48 million in additional road funds for immediate use this construction season….

Public Service Commission turns its back on rooftop solar users with recent order

State Reps. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township) and Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor) today issued the following joint statement responding to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) recent order that makes significant changes to net metering. Under the new rule, customers must buy electricity from their utility at the retail rate and sell electricity generated from rooftop…

Rep. Kahle welcomes guest to Capitol during Arts Advocacy Day

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian welcomed Alison Carpenter to the Capitol during Arts Advocacy Day. Alison, an Eastern Michigan student and Adrian High School graduate, stressed the importance of arts and the creative industries for thriving communities in Michigan.

Rep. Iden proposes making Michigan’s OK2SAY school safety program permanent

State Rep. Brandt Iden today proposed making Michigan’s OK2SAY school safety program a permanent part of the state’s strategy to protect children. OK2SAY allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. The system helps distribute important information to law enforcement, mental health service…

Rep. LaFave announces plan to improve school safety in Michigan

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today introduced a plan to help improve school safety in Michigan. LaFave’s measure would require schools to submit incident reports to a proposed statewide school safety commission. The reports would provide the commission with examples of how incidents and threats were handled to develop best practices for other…

Rep. Bellino: Training for new law enforcement personnel will improve school safety

State Rep. Joe Bellino today introduced a plan to help improve school safety in Michigan through enhanced training for new law enforcement personnel. Bellino’s measure calls for active shooter training within the standards required for becoming a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan. The requirements would apply to new law enforcement organization members. “This is…

Rep. Webber connects with residents at tele-town hall

State Rep. Michael Webber was joined by over 5,600 residents from the Greater Rochester area on Wednesday night during his live tele-town hall. “Tele-town halls serve as an excellent opportunity to speak one-on-one about the issues people care about the most,” Rep. Webber said. “We were able to connect with thousands of residents from the…

Rep. Cole with the Michigan House approves plan updating driver’s license or state ID

State Rep. Triston Cole and the Michigan House today approved a plan to align state identification cards with federal guidelines, bringing the state into compliance with federal requirements. “Michigan law currently does not allow for a license expiration date to align with the expiration date of an individual’s visa,” said Cole, of Mancelona.  “Legal part-time…

Afendoulis votes to approve budget plan focused on education, job training

State Rep. Chris Afendoulis this week voted in favor of a Michigan House budget plan focused on increased funding for education and road repairs. Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, joined the House Appropriations Committee in approving the bill that drives down overall spending while increasing investments in top priorities. “I believe the state budget should…

Children will be protected from child porn under Rep. Iden bill

Measure is part of House plan in response to Larry Nassar scandal State Rep. Brandt Iden this week testified to the House Law and Justice Committee on how children under the age of 12 will get increased protections from child pornography under his legislation. The bill is part of a bipartisan reform plan developed following…

Hughes opposes kayak tax with House resolution

State Rep. Holly Hughes today introduced a resolution to oppose the “kayak tax,” proposed by the Michigan State Waterways Commission, which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Hughes, who chairs the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee said people should not be penalized for supporting Michigan’s tourism…

Rep. Barrett issues statement on MPSC ending net metering

Energy costs will add expenses to farming families State Rep. Tom Barrett of Charlotte, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s ruling that ends net metering in Michigan: “I have heard from agricultural leaders about the high cost of energy in Michigan and the…

Rep. Kelly: Record funding for Michigan schools continues to advance

State Rep. Tim Kelly today announced the Michigan House Appropriations Committee approved increasing K-12 school funding by $120 to $240 per student for next academic year. The per-student increase – the largest for a single year in 15 years – is part of an overall House plan boosting state record-high funding for K-12 education. Early…

Victim impact statements to be expanded by Rep. Albert bill

Plan is part of House bill package in response to Larry Nassar scandal State Rep. Thomas Albert today testified in the House Law and Justice Committee on his legislation to ensure that victims, parents and other loved ones are given a voice in court. The legislation is part of a bipartisan reform plan developed following…