Victory votes for plan ensuring farmers continue to receive ag tax exemptions

State Rep. Roger Victory this week voted for a plan ensuring Michigan farmers continue to receive tax exemptions on agricultural equipment. Victory, of Hudsonville, said officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury recently reinterpreted the law and started taxing Michigan farmers for equipment that has historically qualified for the agricultural sales and use tax exemption….

Rep. Howrylak announces April office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of April. “I always look forward to connecting with community members at my monthly office hours,” Rep. Howrylak said. “Meeting residents and discussing important issues is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job as a…

House approves Rep. Lucido’s bill allowing parents to better protect their children

The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Peter Lucido’s legislation allowing parents, foster parents and guardians to better protect their families by legally allowing them to monitor their children’s phone conversations and electronic devices. Under current law, it is illegal to overhear, record, amplify, or transmit private conversations without the permission of everyone involved, regardless…

Rep. Miller approves plan to improve campus safety

House Higher Education Subcommittee approves budget State Rep. Aaron Miller today voted to require Michigan’s public colleges and universities to be transparent with Title IX reporting or face a 10-percent reduction in future state funding. The updated requirement is part of budget approved today by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education, upon which Miller…

Rep. Albert to host senior seminar in Ionia County

State Rep. Thomas Albert will host a consumer education seminar for senior citizens in Ionia County. The seminar will focus on ways that seniors can protect themselves from phone, mail and e-scams. Rep. Albert will be joined by Carol Hillman from the attorney general’s office. “It is essential to inform the community on how to…

Hughes says proposed registration fees for kayaks, canoes will sink

Tourism Committee chair opposes financial burdens for Michigan outdoor enthusiasts State Rep. Holly Hughes today expressed her frustration with a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission to 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…

Rep. LaSata plan will better protect college students

Chair of Higher Education subcommittee approves budget The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education today voted to require the state’s public colleges and universities to be more transparent with Title IX reporting or face a 10-percent reduction in state funding, state Rep. Kim LaSata announced. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive…

Rep. Miller: Online voter registration system would benefit Michigan residents

House committee votes to advance plan State Rep. Aaron Miller, chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said a plan approved by the committee today would modernize Michigan’s voter registration system by giving qualified voters the option to register online. “Requiring residents to fill out a paper form to register to vote is an…

Rep. LaFave: Road funding for Upper Peninsula

Like you, I’m frustrated with the condition of our roads. That’s why I fought for a plan to provide an additional $175 million in road and bridge funding statewide without raising taxes or fees. The money will go directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction. Some of the communities in line…

Rep. Runestad reschedules April office hours

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake rescheduled his upcoming local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford from Friday, April 13 to Friday, April 20. Coffee hours will take place at the following times and locations: • 8 to 9 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6845 Highland Road in White Lake; • 10…

Rep. Howell to host in-district office hours

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch has announced his local office hours for Monday, April 23 at the following times and locations: 9:30 to 11 a.m. at John’s Country Kitchen, 1829 S. Cedar St. in Imlay City; and 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hungry Dan’s Restaurant, 195 W. Genesee St. in Lapeer. “Listening to…

Lawmakers submit reform plan following MSU inquiry

House legislation calls for better protection from sexual misconduct A bipartisan group of House legislators today submitted a plan to better protect Michigan’s children in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. The reforms build on previously introduced legislation and include enhanced penalties for distribution, production and financing of child pornography, as well…

Allor says ‘absolutely not’ to proposed registration fees for kayaks, canoes

Legislator opposes increased taxation for Michigan outdoor enthusiasts State Rep. Sue Allor today expressed her disappointment with a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission to require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Allor, who chairs the House natural resources subcommittee, said people should not be penalized for…

LaFave outraged by proposed registration fees for kayaks, canoes

Legislator opposes increased taxation for Michigan outdoor enthusiasts State Rep. Beau LaFave today expressed his objection to a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission that would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. LaFave said people should not be penalized for supporting Michigan’s tourism industry and enjoying…

Michigan House unanimously approves Rep. Whiteford’s plan for stillborn tax exemption

The Michigan House today unanimously approved state Rep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation assisting parents of a stillborn baby through a Michigan income tax personal exemption. “This is about what’s most important – our families, particularly those going through the very difficult time after losing a baby,” said Whiteford, of Allegan County’s Casco Township. “There is nothing…