Lyons says bills to help insolvent schools will ensure schools open in the fall

Chair of the House Education Committee, state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, today commended her colleagues for approving House Bills 4813 and 4815 which she says are necessary to ensure that children in insolvent districts have a place to attend school in the fall. HB 4813 is designed to dissolve financially failing school districts in…

Heise Questions Orr’s Plan for DWSD

State Rep. Kurt Heise today issued the following comments regarding Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to create a new regional authority to operate the Detroit Water & Sewer Department (DWSD): “I have read Mr. Orr’s proposal for a new DWSD Authority and it confirms what I have been saying for years – that…

Victory announces local office hours for June

State Rep. Roger Victory today announced he is sponsoring office hours in his district on Friday, June 21. The first session will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Murphy’s Restaurant, located at 4963 Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale.  The second session will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Big Apple…

Legislature approves Kowall bill to protect DIA and Detroit Zoo millages

7-bill package ensures revenue is used for intended purpose The Legislature recently approved a bill package spearheaded by state Rep. Eileen Kowall aimed at ensuring the Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Zoo will receive 100 percent of their millage funding paid by taxpayers. House Bills 4458-4464 protect revenues that are derived from voter-approved millages…

Leonard introduces bill to better protect victims’ rights

State Rep. Tom Leonard introduced legislation that better protects a victim’s right to speak about crimes that have been committed against them. House Bill 4839 would eliminate the prohibition against a victim from disclosing the existence of a crime that was committed against them after a defendant has the crime set aside, provided the victim…

Rep. Kesto comments on his vote in support of Medicaid reform legislation

State Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of House Bill 4714, which proposes to reform Medicaid coverage and include an estimated 400,000 additional needy Michigan residents: “If we did nothing, people without any coverage would continue to use emergency rooms as their primary health provider, which is…

House OKs landmark measure to make powerful reforms to Medicaid system

The Michigan House tonight approved legislation to make ground-breaking reforms to Medicaid that will protect state taxpayer dollars while encouraging recipients to develop healthier behaviors and strive toward self-sufficiency. State Rep. Earl Poleski voted in favor of House Bill 4714, which creates flexible, portable and more cost-effective Health Savings Accounts for all Medicaid recipients, new…

Lauwers votes against measure to expand Medicaid in Michigan

State Rep. Dan Lauwers tonight voted against legislation in the state House to expand Medicaid coverage to more Michigan residents. “While I understand the challenges hospitals and small businesses face with uncompensated care, I could not vote in favor of a plan that has the potential to saddle our children and grandchildren with further debt,”…

Lori votes to reform Medicaid

Measure allows more living in poverty to receive medical care State Rep. Matt Lori today applauded his House colleagues for approving a bill he introduced to reform the Medicaid system while expanding coverage for nearly half a million needy Michigan residents. The measure, House Bill 4714, cleared the House with strong bipartisan support. “The reform…

Speaker Bolger’s statement on passage of Medicaid reform bill

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement on passage of the Medicaid reform bill today in the House: “I fully support what we did today and commend those from both sides of the aisle who worked so diligently to reach a compromise that still addressed the main goals of the original…

Pagel votes to help military veterans gain occupational licensing

Bills allow veterans to use military training as experience State Rep. Dave Pagel today voted for a package of five bills to allow veterans to use their military training when seeking civilian licensure in a variety of trades and professions. The measures – House Bills 4605, 4731, 4752, 4754 and 4756 – allow training and…

McCready votes to help military veterans gain occupational licensing

Bills allow veterans to use military training as experience State Rep. Mike McCready today voted for a package of five bills to allow veterans to use their military training when seeking civilian licensure in a variety of trades and professions. The measures – House Bills 4605, 4731, 4752, 4754 and 4756 – allow training and…

MacGregor applauds House passage of bills boosting veterans’ benefits

Measures will help returning veterans enter workforce State Rep. Peter MacGregor today voted in favor of a legislative package allowing military experience to count toward licensure requirements for a number of trades and professions. The measures – House Bills 4605, 4731, 4752, 4754 and 4756 – allow training and experience gained during military service to…

Kowall applauds House for passage of bills to aid veterans

Bills allow veterans to use military training for certification State Rep. Eileen Kowall today voted for a legislative package that allows military training and experience to count toward licensure requirements for a number of trades and professions. Under the legislation passed by the House of Representatives, training and experience gained during military service would count…