Rep. Johnson announces April office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Monday, April 23, 2018 Allegan County Big Boy 1180 W Superior St. in Wayland 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Open and honest communication…

Rep. LaFave: Time to end practice of deer sterilization in Michigan

State Rep. Beau LaFave today voted against legislation restricting deer sterilization programs in Michigan, calling instead for an immediate and permanent ban on the practice. “As an avid hunter and conservationist, I can’t in good conscience vote for a bill that allows humans to continue experimenting with the reproductive activity of wild game animals,” said…

Noble testifies on bill to revoke medical licenses for misconduct

Legislation is part of House package in response to the Larry Nassar scandal PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble today spoke before the House Law and Justice Committee, supporting his plan to revoke a medical professional’s license if they are convicted of sexually abusing a patient under the guise of a medical procedure.

Hauck legislation ensures proper documentation of invasive medical treatments

Plan is part of House package in response to Larry Nassar scandal Health care professionals and facilities could face penalties if invasive procedures are not specifically documented in medical reports and kept for 15 years under legislation submitted by state Rep. Roger Hauck. Today, Hauck testified in support of his bill before the House Law…

Rep. Whiteford testifies on need for specific standards on invasive medical treatments

PHOTO INORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today testified on her legislation to set standards for sensitive medical procedures while expanding record retention requirements to 15 years for such examinations in order to protect patients. Her comments came during a House Law and Justice Committee hearing reviewing legislation in response to a House…

Theis testifies on plan setting consent requirements for invasive medical procedures

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Lana Theis, of Brighton, today testified on the need to prohibit procedures involving pelvic area penetration of minors without meeting certain conditions. Her testimony before the House Law and Justice Committee outlined requirements that the medical treatment be within the professional’s scope of practice, have another health care professional in the…

Rep. Kesto plan will protect all medical patients from sexual misconduct

Legislation is part of House package in response to Larry Nassar scandal State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, today testified in support of his legislation to protect patients, including children, from medical professionals who engage in sexual misconduct under the guise of a medical treatment, procedure, or examination. The…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: April 16, 2018

Last week, I spoke at an Opiate Awareness Forum at the Fowlerville UB Church hosted by the Fowlerville Police Department. Awareness is critical to finding solutions and offering help to those who need it, and it was encouraging to see the great cooperation shown from local leaders, law enforcement, and organizations. I was honored to…

Fight to lower car insurance costs in Michigan must continue

By State Rep. Jeff Noble Another painful reminder that we must reform Michigan’s car insurance system will soon be reflected on our bills. The mandatory annual fee we pay to cover catastrophic medical claims through our car insurance will rise to $192 per vehicle on July 1 – a 13-percent increase underscoring everything that’s wrong…

Canfield: DHHS budget clears appropriations subcommittee

Funding increases for opioid research, physician access State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, has announced the committee has finalized its budget recommendations. Canfield said he’s especially pleased that the agreed upon budget proposal includes increased funding to enhance opioid testing. With Michigan’s steadily increasing…

Rep. Wentworth announces system to improve school safety across Michigan

State Rep. Jason Wentworth today announced the centerpiece of a new plan to improve school safety in Michigan. Wentworth proposes creating a safe schools commission to review safety procedures in Michigan schools and provide resources to make security improvements in local districts across the state. Legislation connected to the plan is expected to be introduced…

Rep. Leutheuser welcomes Bronson athletes to state Capitol

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser welcomed the Bronson High School bowling team to the Capitol on Thursday. He was thrilled to meet with the students and escort them to the House chamber where they were recognized as the Division 4 bowling champions. “It was a privilege to have these young athletes join me at the Capitol,”…

Rep. Cole plan offers Michigan children more opportunities to hunt

State Rep. Triston Cole’s plan to offer additional hunting opportunities for children in Michigan received unanimous support today from the House Natural Resources Committee. Michigan’s mentored youth hunting program, established in 2011, allows children younger than 10 to hunt alongside experienced parents and guardians on private land. Cole’s plan, laid out in House Bill 5711,…

Following reports of Line 5 damage, Allor says ‘Shut it down!’

State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine issued the following statement today following the recent damage to Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac: “The reports this week of damage to Line 5 are deeply concerning. Even more concerning is the fact that Enbridge continues to pump oil through the damaged pipeline. Enbridge officials claim the…