Genetski bill creates ‘Taxpayer Freedom Act’

Legislation introduced to put income tax repeal on ballot Michigan voters could have a say in eliminating the state income tax at the 2014 General Election under legislation introduced this week by Rep. Bob Genetski. House Bill 4898 would put the question on the November 2014 ballot. If a majority of voters approved, the state…

House approves Zorn legislation revising resort board makeup

Township boards will no longer be allowed to appoint residents who live outside a resort district to the resort board, under legislation approved this month by the state House.  House Bill 4208 requires at least two resort district residents to serve on a resort board, whereas previously the township could appoint residents who lived outside…

McCready schedules local office hours for July 9

State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he has scheduled office hours for Tuesday, July 9 in Bloomfield Township. McCready invites local residents of the 40th House District to meet with him from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to discuss state or local issues. Office hours will take place in Meeting Room 3 of the Bloomfield Township…

Rep. Graves issues statement on Lilly the deer decision

State Rep. Joe Graves today made the following statement regarding the Michigan Department Natural Resources’ decision to allow a Genesee County couple to keep Lilly the deer.  The couple lives in the 49th House District, which currently has no state representative.  Graves, the 51st District lawmaker, was asked by a friend to help the couple:…

Yonker to hold public town hall meeting on Medicaid reform

State Rep. Ken Yonker has scheduled a town hall meeting at Wayland Union High School this week to meet with local residents to discuss the Michigan House’s recent vote on a Medicaid reform bill. Yonker decided to plan the public meeting after voting on House Bill 4714 because he feels the issue is complex and…

Rep. Leonard announces July office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard today announced his regularly scheduled office hours for July, taking place in St. Johns and Ithaca. Office hours will be held: In St. Johns on Friday, July 12 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Leonard’s Legislative Director Phil…

Rep. Potvin sponsoring June office hours

State Rep. Phil Potvin will host three opportunities in the coming weeks for local residents to meet with him to discuss state and local issues. On June 27, the representative will be in Big Rapids at Currie’s BP, 620 Maple St., from 9:30 to 11 a.m.  That same day he will be at Lakeside Pizza…

Forlini bill signals more safety for Michigan bicyclists

Measure allows for alternate right-turn gesture State Rep. Anthony Forlini has introduced legislation that allows bicyclists to use an alternate right-turn signal that he says will be easier for motorists to understand and make roads safer for everyone. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, is an avid bicyclist who has seen the confusion on drivers’ faces when he…

Rep. Glardon measure to help ensure patient safety

State Rep. Ben Glardon today introduced legislation to protect Michigan patients by requiring training standards to operate radiation machines. Glardon introduced House Bill 4869 after Gary Duehring, PhD, a constituent and adjunct professor at Baker College of Owosso and Central Michigan University, brought the issue to his attention.  With the exception of mammography machine operators,…

Rep. Kelly to lead new subcommittee to study controversial Common Core standards

State Rep. Tim Kelly today was appointed to lead a special bipartisan subcommittee to make a legislative recommendation on how Michigan should move forward with the controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative. Kelly, an education policy advisory to former Gov. John Engler, will serve as chair of the House Education Subcommittee on Common Core Standards….

Lauwers introduces resident’s idea to make millage elections more transparent

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today introduced legislation to help ensure voter participation and save taxpayer dollars by requiring all millage increase ballot proposals to be placed on November general elections. House Bill 4887 is the first of five bill ideas from a constituent-driven legislative contest sponsored by Lauwers.  Mark Shrapnell of St. Clair contacted Lauwers…

Walsh applauds plan for new Detroit Red Wings stadium in downtown Detroit

State Rep. John Walsh called the announcement of a new $650 million arena and entertainment project in downtown Detroit great news for southeast Michigan.  The project will be a public-private partnership between the Detroit Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Illitch family of companies.  The partnership between the DDA and the Illitch family was made…

Rep. Daley invites residents to June office hours

Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, is hosting office hours during the month of June to give residents of the 82nd District a chance to meet with him and discuss state or local issues. The office hours will be on June 27 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lapeer Dupont Airport, 1232 Roods Lake Road, Lapeer….