Technology updates planned for Capitol; carpeting to be replaced after more than two decades of heavy use

Contacts: Ari Adler, aadler@house.mi.gov, 517-373-1386 Amber McCann, amccann@senate.mi.gov, 517-373-0605   LANSING – The state Capitol will receive numerous technology updates and the carpet in the House and Senate, as well as the fourth floor, will be replaced starting this summer. New carpeting is necessary because the aging and fraying carpeting is well past its expected lifespan and has started to…

Grand Traverse County approved for redevelopment plan

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today announced that a plan to demolish two buildings at the corner of Hope and Front Streets has been approved for a Brownfield Work Plan by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The plan would also include infrastructure improvements and would prepare the spot for a new three-story headquarters for TBA Credit…

Speaker Bolger welcomes Alpha Kappa Alpha to Capitol

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, welcomed members of the Michigan chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to the state Capitol on Thursday for their annual legislative day. The service sorority is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. Speaker Bolger applauded the attendees for participating in the legislative process because…

Rendon announces June office hours

Area residents can meet with state Rep. Bruce Rendon to talk about state government concerns at the lawmaker’s local office hours scheduled for June 14 in Crawford and Kalkaska counties, and June 21 in Ogemaw, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. “Office hours provide an added chance for me to meet face-to-face with residents and learn about…

Michigan House approves measure to prohibit sale of invasive Autumn Olive

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved legislation to prohibit the sale of the Autumn Olive, an invasive plant species that is quickly making its way across the state, disrupting some farming operations and testing the patience of land owners. House Bill 4038, introduced by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins, would place the Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus Umbellata)…

House approves bills that eliminate burdens on homeowners, job creators

Reform will help homeowners save money The House on Wednesday approved a package of bills that would eliminate regulatory hurdles that burden job creators who are providing access to new technology through the installation of advanced home monitoring systems. The measures were approved with strong, bipartisan support. House Bills 4591 and 4737, introduced by state…

Governor signs Leonard bill to increase safety of vulnerable residents

Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Tom Leonard that gives a judge consecutive sentencing powers against those who embezzle from multiple vulnerable adults or commit multiple crimes against the same vulnerable adult. Under Michigan law a vulnerable adult is someone who is elderly or mentally handicapped. Public Act 34…

Graves announces state grant to fund Fenton downtown project

Project expected to create 75 jobs State Rep. Joe Graves today announced a Fenton redevelopment project has been awarded a state incentives grant to demolish an obsolete building and construct a new $5.2 million multiple-use building. The $880,000 Michigan Community Revitalization Program incentive, awarded through the Michigan Strategic Fund, will be used to demolish the…

House approves Nesbitt bill to reform tax audit process on small business

Measure now heads to Senate The Michigan House today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt that provides clarity and transparency to small-business owners who maintain proper records and file their tax returns on time. The measure passed unanimously on a 109-0 vote The legislation, House Bill 4289, promises to make Michigan’s business…

Johnson supports bill to create student safety hotline

OK-2-SAY program will help stop violence, save lives State Rep. Joel Johnson today said he strongly supports a new student safety hotline initiative to help prevent violence and tragedy before it occurs by encouraging confidential tip-sharing among students, parents, school employees and law enforcement officials. The OK-2-SAY legislative package was introduced at a news conference…

Rep. Heise says indigent defense bill will ensure equal justice

State Rep. Kurt Heise, chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee, heard testimony today on legislation that would ensure all Michigan citizens have access to competent and independent legal counsel in criminal cases. House Bill 4529 would establish the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) to ensure that indigent criminal defense services meet constitutional requirements. The…

Senate panel approves Shirkey bill requiring state to pay additional interest on late tax refunds

The Senate Finance Committee this afternoon approved legislation requiring state government to pay Michigan taxpayers additional interest for late tax refund payments, state Rep. Mike Shirkey announced. House Bill 4002, introduced by Shirkey, imposes an additional 3-percent interest on the late payment of refunds owed to Michigan taxpayers. “Michigan government needs to be continually improving…

Rep. Shirkey FOIA measure gets committee hearing

The House Oversight Committee today reviewed legislation introduced by state Rep. Mike Shirkey that will make state government more accountable and accessible to Michigan residents by keeping costs of a Freedom of Information Act request transparent and reasonable. House Bill 4001 prohibits government entities from charging more than 10 cents per page for documents requested…