Speaker Leonard speaks during House CARES

The bipartisan task force spent five months taking part in public meetings and site visits across Michigan, reviewing areas where vulnerable residents are lacking in care and resources and collecting feedback to learn how best to deliver meaningful solutions. In particular, the panel focused on five key elements: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety (C.A.R.E.S.).

Leonard, House honor first responders during annual 9/11 ceremony

The Michigan House of Representatives today conducted its annual 9/11 memorial service, honoring the four first responders from Michigan who lost their lives in the line of duty in the past year. State Rep. Tom Leonard was joined in the House chambers by Clinton County Undersheriff Larry Jerue to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the…

Leonard welcomes local camp group to state Capitol

Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, welcomes campers from the DeWitt Area Recreation Authority’s Double Digit Day Camp to the House floor today. The kids, ages 5 through 14, visited the state Capitol building and spent time with their state representative during the trip. ###

Preliminary exam reforms signed into law by Gov. Snyder

State Rep. Tom Leonard (front row, center) and Gov. Rick Snyder hold Public Act 123 of 2014, which was signed into law today. The law, authored by Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, reforms Michigan’s preliminary examination process for those charged with a crime. The measure is a culmination of many years of discussion, and it’s a move,…

Leonard bill signed into law, removes offending words from law books

Rep. Tom Leonard, left, and his legislative aide, Dan Simon, join Lt. Gov. Brian Calley as he signs Public Act 67 of 2014 into law. The bill, which was introduced by Leonard, was part of a legislative package removing the words “retarded” and “retardation” from Michigan statute, a move Leonard says will promote respect for…

Leonard invites local pastor to deliver House invocation

Rep. Tom Leonard, right, stands with Richard Jolliff, pastor of Amazing Grace Church in Wheeler, and House Speaker Jase Bolger at the rostrum on the floor of the state House of Representatives. Leonard invited Jolliff to the Michigan Capitol to deliver the invocation before today’s legislative session. ###

Leonard, fellow lawmakers hold joint committee hearing during Detroit auto show

State Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, and members of the House Commerce Committee and Senate Economic Development Committee hold a joint committee hearing on Jan. 15 outside the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “The auto industry has been and continues to be a very important part of Michigan’s economy,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt…