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Johnson bills to repeal outdated state law signed by governor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 Steve Johnson which repeal the duplicative and outdated Michigan Explosives Act have been signed into law by Gov.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…

Representative Johnson Announces January Office Hours

  State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours.   Monday, January 22, 2018 Allegan County Big Boy 1180 W Superior St. in Wayland 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Rd. SE 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   “One of…

Rep. Johnson: Reviewing the year in the Michigan House

Less government, more freedom. That is my focus in the Michigan House as I prioritize legislation to reduce government intrusion in our lives and best benefit the hard-working people of Allegan and Kent counties. Two key votes from my first year representing the 72nd District demonstrate these priorities. The first proposal, which I wholeheartedly supported,…

Johnson bill would give utility customers control of their own data

State Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced legislation to ensure Michigan utility customers own and control their personal energy usage data. “Technology is rapidly developing and shows no signs of slowing down,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “As technology progresses, so does the need for individual control of personal information and data.” Johnson’s bill simply states that a…