Rep. Runestad’s civil asset forfeiture reform plan moves forward

State Rep. Jim Runestad’s plan to bring more oversight and transparency to Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture process was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support. Civil asset forfeiture is the procedure by which law enforcement officers can seize property they believe was gained from or used during the commission of a crime….

Rep. Farrington addresses rise of digital currency with advancing legislation

Plan in bipartisan package approved by House Law and Justice Committee A proposal from state Rep. Diana Farrington protecting Michigan consumers by expanding criminal definition in instances where money changes hands today was approved unanimously by the House Law and Justice Committee. Farrington’s bill, House Bill 6254, amends the money laundering section of the Michigan…

VanSingel plan will shape science-backed water resource policies

The House today passed a plan led by state Rep. Scott Van Singel that will strengthen  the relationship between the state’s Water Use Advisory Council and the Legislature in order to devise practical and scientifically sound water resource management policies. It will require the Water Use Advisory Council to report to the Legislature, as originally…

Rep. Rendon invites residents to October office hours

State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City will sponsor local office hours for the month of October. “I always look forward to the opportunity to meet with my constituents,” Rendon said. “I want residents to know I am effectively representing their interests and needs in Lansing.” The representative will be available at the following times…

Rep. Leutheuser announces holiday-themed art contest

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser is pleased to announce, his first ever Christmas card competition for students in Hillsdale and Branch Counties. The selected winning design will be featured on the Representative’s Christmas card for 2018. “I am excited to host this fun contest for children in the community,” Leutheuser said.  “I look forward to reviewing…

Rep. Griffin appointed to panel developing House Action Plan

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, has been appointed to help determine the policy priorities of Michigan House Republicans for the upcoming 2019-20 session. Griffin was appointed to serve on the Policy Action Plan Committee by Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield. The temporary panel will help collect policy ideas to build the House Republican action plan for…

Rep. Hauck set to help shape policy planning with new committee position

Assignment will formulate direction for Republican-led Michigan House Michigan House Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield recently announced that state Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, will serve on the newly created Policy Action Plan Committee. The temporary, 14-member panel will work with incoming Republican members to develop policy ideas for the upcoming legislative term and construct an…

Rep. Hoitenga named to important House panel

Michigan House Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield recently announced that state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, will serve on the newly created Policy Action Plan Committee within the Michigan House. The temporary, 14-member panel will work with incoming Republican members to develop policy ideas for the upcoming legislative term and construct an updated House Republican action plan….

Rep. Frederick to help shape House committee assignments

Legislator will serve on temporary Committee on Committees State Rep. Ben Frederick will play a key role in recommending House committee assignments for the 2019-20 Michigan House legislative session after being named a member of the Committee on Committees by Speaker-elect Rep. Lee Chatfield. Frederick, of Owosso, said he is looking forward to helping establish…

Rep. Miller appointed to key role helping move Michigan forward

State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis has been appointed to a key role helping determine the policy priorities of Michigan House Republicans for the upcoming 2019-20 session. Miller was appointed chair of the Policy Action Plan Committee by Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield. The temporary panel will help collect policy ideas to help build the House Republican…

Rep. Bellino: Monroe community, DTE must work together to resolve tax case

State Rep. Joe Bellino today called on all parties involved to work together for the “fair and timely” resolution of a tax case involving Monroe, Frenchtown Township and DTE Energy. The Michigan Department of Treasury has filed a motion to intervene in the case, which is pending before the Michigan Tax Tribunal. The issue involves…

Residents can meet with Rep. Webber on Nov. 26

State Rep. Michael Webber will host his monthly office hours on Monday, Nov. 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Panera Bread, 2921 S. Rochester Road in Rochester Hills. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Webber said. “Local residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or…

Rep. LaFave commends steps made toward new Soo Lock

In February 2017, state Rep. Beau LaFave co-sponsored a House Concurrent Resolution to urge the president and Congress to follow through on funding the construction of a second larger Soo Lock in Sault Ste. Marie to accommodate bigger ships transporting cargo along Michigan’s waterways. That call recently was heard as a funding authorization directing over…