Rep. Wakeman plan better protects victims of domestic violence, stalking

Michigan residents who are victims of domestic violence and stalking would be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in a gun-free zone to better protect themselves under a plan unveiled today by state Rep. Rodney Wakeman. The Saginaw Township lawmaker said his plan would allow individuals who have filed an active personal protection order (PPO)…

Rep. Albert leads hearing on wellness of prison workers

Corrections subcommittee looks for ways to improve employee morale State Rep. Thomas Albert, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, today held a hearing to discuss the mental wellness of corrections officers and others employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections. Albert, of Lowell, said the topic is of critical concern because studies have…

Rep. Whiteford hosts over 6,500 in tele-town hall update

State Rep. Mary Whiteford was joined by 6,594 residents on Tuesday night during her live tele-town hall update on recently passed auto insurance reforms. “The biggest priority for my constituents since I’ve been in office has been meaningful auto insurance reform and this tele-town hall was a great way to reach out and let them…

O’Malley plan improving school bus safety shuttles out of committee

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee this week unanimously approved state Rep. Jack O’Malley’s bipartisan plan improving school bus safety in Michigan. O’Malley’s plan, the lead measure of a 5-bill package, defines who is and isn’t allowed on a school bus and installs stiffer penalties for those who board buses without permission.  “This…

Rep. Albert casts plan that would increase fishing opportunities

State Rep. Thomas Albert this week testified before the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee in support of his plan to expand the methods of fishing currently allowed by Michigan law. Albert, of Lowell, said his plan would allow the use of trotlines and juglines on inland lakes and rivers for nongame fish species…

Committee advances Wakeman plan providing proper, timely burials for unclaimed decedents

The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan ensuring funeral directors have the necessary authorization to provide timely and respectful dispositions for unclaimed decedents. “The process that determines who has the legal right to make funeral arrangements and final disposition in the event there are no heirs present lacks the necessary…

Rep. Meerman: Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements should proceed as planned

Rep. Luke Meerman today said Michigan should implement its new state law related to Medicaid workforce engagement requirements as planned in January. Meerman’s comments come in response to Gov. Whitmer’s request that the Legislature pause implementation of the new requirements pending a legal challenge. “We are not pausing the program because it’s a good reform…

Rep. Alexander plan fights heroin, fentanyl epidemic

Jackson County families, prosecutor testify in support of legislation State Rep. Julie Alexander was joined today in Lansing by local residents and the Jackson County prosecutor, who testified in support of her plan to increase penalties for people convicted of manufacturing or distributing heroin and fentanyl. Alexander, of Hanover, introduced the legislation after discussing the…

Markkanen’s plan to help Keweenaw Road Commission heads to governor

Legislation will allow road commission to replace outdated facility State Rep. Greg Markkanen’s plan to help the Keweenaw County Road Commission move forward with a proposal to replace its outdated maintenance facility has been sent to the governor for her consideration. Markkanen, of Hancock, said the local road commission has run into problems because of…

Rep. Lightner to host tele-town hall on auto insurance reform

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport will host a tele-town hall meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17 to discuss the upcoming changes in Michigan’s car insurance system. Lightner will be joined by Rep. Jason Wentworth, who serves as chairman of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates. “Much needed auto insurance reform is just…

Rep. Hoitenga: Plan to end deer baiting ban sent to governor’s desk

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to restore the practice of baiting and feeding deer in Michigan has been sent to the governor for her consideration. The plan would end the ban issued by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in August 2018 amid concerns about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Hoitenga, of Manton, said…

Bellino plan to protect Michiganders from vaping related injuries

State Rep. Joe Bellino today testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his bipartisan plan protecting Michiganders from lung-related injuries associated with vapor products containing vitamin E acetate. The Monroe lawmaker said his legislation is in response to the recent spike in reported health injuries nationwide caused by e-cigarettes. “There is now…

Rep. LaFave invites residents to December office hours

Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced his December office hours for residents of Dickinson, Menominee, and Delta counties. The office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, Dec. 6 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST at the Randville Bar & Grill, 7463 M-95 in Iron Mountain. Saturday, Dec. 7 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CST at…

Speaker Chatfield on welfare work requirements

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey today released the following statement on the governor’s request to suspend the state’s work requirements for Medicaid benefits:   “Able-bodied adults who want cash assistance and subsidized healthcare coverage should obviously be expected to either work part time or at least prepare for…

Rep. Sheppard: New local option will lead to better services

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, of Temperance, today testified on his plan expanding how communities could collaborate to provide services. While the focus in some instances may be on transportation and public transit, House Bill 5229 could be applied broadly, giving communities and counties more versatility when it comes to their millages and improvement plans for…