Leonard introduces bill to better protect vulnerable adults

State Rep. Tom Leonard today introduced legislation to strengthen the ability of the courts to impose stricter sentences upon those who embezzle from vulnerable adults – the elderly or mentally handicapped. House Bill 4264 would allow judges to impose sentences consecutively on defendants convicted of multiple offenses under the Vulnerable Adult Embezzlement Statute. Currently the…

Rep. Kowall re-appointed to regional leadership committee

State Rep. Eileen Kowall was appointed yesterday by House Speaker Jase Bolger to serve on a key bipartisan regional committee that oversees leadership training for Midwest legislators. This is Kowall’s second term serving on this committee. The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development Steering Committee is part of the Michigan Legislative Conference of The Council…

House approves Crawford legislation to cut red tape for fire alarm technicians

The House today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Hugh Crawford, which aims to amend the licensing requirements for fire alarm technicians. House Bill 4045 is the first bill passed through the House of the 97th legislature. The current law requires individuals employed as fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians to register with the Electrical Administrative…

LaFontaine BAC bill receives strong support in committee

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine aiming to prevent a scheduled change in the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level for Michigan drivers was the topic of a House Criminal Justice Committee hearing today. Various groups that support the bill package, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Michigan State Police, formally testified before…

Kesto testifies on bills to crack down on drunken driving

Measures keep threshold at 0.08 BAC State Rep. Klint Kesto joined fellow lawmakers, public safety advocates and law enforcement officials in urging passage of legislation to maintain the current limits on drunken driving. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, testified before the House Criminal Justice Committee on his legislation, House Bill 4131 , and HB 4093, sponsored by…

Rep. Lauwers sponsoring workshop on how to appeal property tax assessment

State Rep. Dan Lauwers is sponsoring a property tax workshop on Feb. 28 in Marysville for local residents who need assistance with appealing their property tax assessment. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, will host the “How to Appeal your Property Tax Assessment Workshop,” on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the St. Clair…

Glardon urges state department to rescind complaint regarding Indian mascots

State Rep. Ben Glardon today is urging the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to rescind a complaint it filed with the federal government concerning the use of school districts using Native American mascots or imagery. Glardon, whose legislative district includes the Chesaning High School Indians, signed a bipartisan letter asking the department to withdraw the…

Glardon urges department to rescind complaint regarding Indian mascots

State Rep. Ben Glardon today is urging the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to rescind a complaint it filed with the federal government concerning the use of school districts using Native American mascots or imagery. Glardon, whose legislative district includes the Chesaning High School Indians, signed a bipartisan letter asking the department to withdraw the…

Local students job-shadow state lawmaker for the day

State Rep. Earl Poleski today talks with guests Peter Baergen of Leslie and Amber Donihue of Parma on the state House floor at the Capitol.  Poleski invited the students to job-shadow him during the day after they expressed interest in learning more about the legislative process.  The home-school students took part in meetings in the…

Advocating for veterans

Stamas speaks at a press conference about helping make the lives of veterans easier through the creation of a special designation on Michigan driver’s licenses and state IDs.

House OKs Outman resolution declaring Feb. 22 as Peace and Healing Day

The Michigan House has approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Rick Outman declaring Feb. 22 as Peace and Healing Day. House Resolution 26 calls for an end to street violence and urges educators to focus attention on the benefits of peace, cooperation and healing in communities. “Violence impacts every community, large and small, in…

State Rep. Phil Potvin kicks of agriculture budget process

The first House Appropriations subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development meeting took place yesterday, and featured discussion on the agriculture budget process. State Rep. Phil Potvin, subcommittee chair, welcomed Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams to the meeting to present the 2014 fiscal year agriculture budget to the committee members….

House approves Crawford legislation to cut red tape for fire alarm technicians

The House today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Hugh Crawford, which aims to amend the licensing requirements for fire alarm technicians. House Bill 4045 is the first bill passed through the House of the 97th legislature. The current law requires individuals employed as fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians to register with the Electrical Administrative…

Kurtz wants Department of Civil Rights to drop complaint

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights last week filed a federal complaint against school districts with Native American mascots, prompting a response from state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz urging the department to drop its complaint and to instead allow the issues to be solved at the local level. Kurtz, R-Coldwater, has one school in his district…

Somerville wants Department of Civil Rights to withdraw complaint

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights last week filed a federal complaint against school districts with Native American mascots, prompting a response from State Rep. Patrick Somerville, R-New Boston, urging the department to withdraw its complaint and allow the schools to address the issues at the local level. Somerville has two schools in his district…