Johnson introduces legislation to modernize drain project notification process

State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced legislation that would make various changes to the way landowners are notified of drainage projects taking place on or near their property. Currently, a notice is required to be mailed to landowners when drainage projects are proposed in their drainage district. This notice includes information about a meeting where…

Rep. Johnson sides with taxpayers, votes to end prevailing wage law

Repeal means more money for classrooms, families   State Rep. Steve Johnson joined a majority of his House colleagues today in repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. Rep. Johnson, of Wayland, said the mandate that public construction projects be built using union pay scales and benefits is not the best use of taxpayer money and…

Rep. Johnson announces June office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, June 22, 2018 Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S. Main St. in Wayland 8:30 am – 9:30 am Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 10:30 am – 11:30 am “Open and…

Rep. Johnson welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Steve Johnson (right) welcomed Pastor Randy Hekman (center) to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Hekman is a former Kent County Judge and is currently the Executive Director of The Grand Awakening, a coalition praying for revival in West Michigan. Joining them at the…

Rep. Johnson unveils bill to better use renewable energy

Measure is part of bipartisan solution on energy freedom   PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) discusses his legislation, part of the bipartisan Energy Freedom package, during a Lansing news conference on Tuesday. Rep. Johnson, who serves on the House Energy Policy Committee, is sponsor of House Bill 5865, which allows groups of businesses…

Rep. Johnson announces May office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, May 18, 2018 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “One of my top…

Bipartisan package of bills introduced to support clean energy

Legislators aim to equalize net metering costs   A bipartisan package of five bills removing regulatory barriers to clean energy producers will be unveiled during a news conference in Lansing Tuesday. State Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township), chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, said the five-bill measure restores fair-value pricing for renewable energy sold…

Rep. Johnson announces April office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Monday, April 23, 2018 Allegan County Big Boy 1180 W Superior St. in Wayland 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Open and honest communication…

Johnson bills to repeal outdated state law signed by governor

Three bills authored by Rep. Steve Johnson which repeal the duplicative and outdated Michigan Explosives Act have been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. “This issue was initially brought to my attention by the Michigan State Police,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “When state requirements become duplicative due to federal law changes, state law needs to…

Rep. Johnson announces March office hours

  State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Monday, March 19, 2018 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave.in Dorr 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave SE in Gaines Twp. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   “One of my…

House committee approves Johnson bill to repeal case mandate

This week, the House Judiciary Committee approved Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 5417, which would remove a mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased while being transported in a vehicle. “I view this change as a simple criminal justice issue,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “By not knowing and following this subtle aspect of Michigan law,…

Johnson measure would make legislator pay equal to average wage

State Rep. Steve Johnson recently introduced legislation that would make state legislator salaries equal to the average Michigan wage. “As a proponent of shrinking government, I believe that there should not be a strong monetary incentive to be a career politician,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “We were elected to represent the interests of the people, and…

Rep. Johnson: Driver responsibility fees were government overreach

State Rep. Steven Johnson today applauded a strong, bipartisan vote in the Michigan House to end the onerous driver responsibility fees that have been in effect for nearly 15 years and free Michigan families from the associated debt. Johnson, of Wayland, said the fees were first enacted in 2003 when irresponsible spending of taxpayer money…

Rep. Johnson announces February office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, February 23, 2018 Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S. Main St. in Wayland 9:30 am – 10:30 am Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Rd SE in Kentwood 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm   “Open…

Rep. Johnson joined by Allegan County commissioner for State of the State

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Steve Johnson (right) of Wayland was joined today by his guest, Allegan County Commissioner Don Black, for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. Johnson said Black, who is retiring at the end of this year, is a “highly respected and appreciated leader who for decades has made a positive…