Walker fire chief joins Rep. VerHeulen for Sept. 11 ceremony

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, of Walker, is joined today by Walker Fire Chief Robert Walker for the House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 ceremony. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year. #####

House approves Rep. VerHeulen’s bill to create Michigan Infrastructure Council

Legislation prioritizes the future of Michigan’s infrastructure The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen to create a nine-member Michigan Infrastructure Council. The Michigan Infrastructure Council would be tasked with reporting recommendations on the creation of a statewide asset management system and a 30-year integrated infrastructure strategy. The goal is to…

Rep. VerHeulen: Judiciary budget boosts funding for problem-solving courts

Funds available to implement restorative justice programs in schools State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today said additional funding will be available for local problem-solving courts under a budget approved by a Michigan House subcommittee. The judiciary budget bill includes an additional $1 million to expand the number of courts with specialties such as drug treatment, mental…

Legislators: New system needed to hold university boards accountable

Proposal allows voters to weigh in on framework for selecting trustees State Reps. James Lower, Rob VerHeulen and Michael Webber today said the time is right to consider changing the selection process for future members of the boards governing Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. The legislators testified before the…

Rep. VerHeulen testifies in support of bill to create Michigan Infrastructure Council

Legislation addresses Michigan’s infrastructure needs State Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker today testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to create a nine-member Michigan Infrastructure Council. The Michigan Infrastructure Council would be tasked with creating a statewide asset management system and a 30-year integrated infrastructure strategy. The goal…

Rep. VerHeulen: Grants recommended for two local recreational projects

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today announced two local recreational projects have been recommended by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board. VerHeulen, of Walker, said the grants will pay for a development in Sparta and purchase of land in Algoma Township. Funding for the projects is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land…

Rep. VerHeulen bill signed into law within municipal retirement reform package

A package of bills helping to safeguard public services and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees today was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Accompanying the main bill is companion legislation sponsored by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker. The multi-bill plan promotes increased transparency and accountability at the…

Rep. VerHeulen hails state funding to address PFAS pollution

Bill is key step in dealing with serious threat to communities   State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today applauded House passage of a budget bill providing funds to address the emerging threat posed by a type of chemical contaminant recently discovered in water sources in Algoma Township and other areas in northern Kent County. VerHeulen, of…

Rep. VerHeulen introduces new revenue sharing legislation

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker has proposed legislation creating the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund, which will help rebuild lost revenue sharing communities have experienced over the last 15 years. VerHeulen’s bill lays the framework for a plan using money generated through Michigan’s sales tax to create additional revenue sharing funds, while employing the same…

Rep. VerHeulen welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rob VerHeulen (right) welcomed Reverend Jessica Shults to the state capitol to lead Wednesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Shults is the lead pastor of Standale Reformed Church in Walker. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum. House tradition calls for a representative or a…

Statement from Rep. VerHeulen on opposition of HB 5013

Representative Rob VerHeulen (R-Walker) released the following statement regarding his “no” vote on House Bill 5013, which failed to pass the Michigan House. House Bill 5013 seeks to amend Michigan’s auto no-fault system. “It is long past time for Michigan’s drivers to get a break on their auto insurance rates. I remain committed to finding…

Snyder signs Rep. VerHeulen’s bill banning local taxes on food

Prohibition good for families, businesses   A bill introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen to ban local governments from imposing a tax on all food and beverages was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder. VerHeulen, of Walker, said House Bill 4999 – now Public Act 135 of 2017 – is a victory for…

House approves Rep. VerHeulen bill banning local food taxes

Measure heads to Senate for consideration   The Michigan House today gave strong bipartisan approval to prohibit local governments from imposing taxes on manufacture, distribution and sales of food and beverages. The bill, introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, is a preemptive move to prevent local units of government from taxing food sales. VerHeulen, of…