Rep. LaFave supports plan to make state departments more accountable

State Rep. Beau LaFave today said he fully supports a plan to require most state government departments to pay the court costs of those who prevail in court against a state department or agency. LaFave said the plan, sponsored by Sen. Tom Casperson and approved by the Michigan House last week, would encourage state departments…

Rep. Allor stands up for Michigan’s natural resources

Allor: Line 5, ‘No Greater than Federal’ bills too risky for Northern Michigan State Rep. Sue Allor this week voted against two pieces of legislation she believes put the purity of Northern Michigan natural resources at risk. Allor, of Wolverine, said she voted against Senate Bill 1197, which allows for the creation of a new…

Rep. Hauck: New Mackinac Straits Authority means energy security, jobs

  The Michigan House today approved with bipartisan support a plan hailed by State Rep. Roger Hauck as a major step forward for Michigan’s energy security and a win for Michigan workers. Hauck, of Union Twp., said legislation to create an oversight authority for the construction of a multi-use utility tunnel would create thousands of…

Rep. Hoitenga’s proposals provide Michigan with needed drone guidelines

The Michigan Senate today approved a pair of bills proposed by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga as part of a legislative package protecting state interests through the establishment of state laws for drones. House Bill 5494 declares drone use as an extension of the person in instances of criminal activity. Illegal activity carried out with the…

Rep. Leutheuser and Sen. Shirkey host Bronson Vikings state champions at Capitol

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser and Sen. Mike Shirkey welcomed the Bronson High School State Champion Volleyball team to the Capitol Thursday. The legislators were thrilled to welcome the students back to the capitol to celebrate their fourth consecutive state title. The team completed their season with a 58-6 record which included a Big 8 Conference…

Michigan House hoists Rep. Wentworth’s flag measure with approval

State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today addressed a passionate group of military veterans, first responders and families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty at the Capitol during a rally to support his plan encouraging businesses to show patriotism by honoring fallen heroes. At the “Let the Flags Fly” celebration,…

Marino’s plan to modernize boater safety certification headed to governor’s desk

Rep. Steve Marino’s plan to allow boaters to present electronic proof of their safety certificate instead of the traditional paper license heads to the governor’s desk for his consideration. The Michigan Senate unanimously approved the measure Wednesday. “We have the technology available to offer Michiganders better options to present proof of their boater’s safety certificate…

Senate sends Rep. Webber’s plan promoting consumer choice to the governor

Rep. Mike Webber’s plan to make it easier to buy insurance moves to the governor’s desk after being passed unanimously in the Michigan Senate. “Michigan families have a lot on their plate, but finding an insurer they trust for each type of insurance they need shouldn’t be part of it,” Webber, of Rochester Hills, said….

Rep. Miller: Plan brings accountability, transparency to petition drives

State Rep. Aaron Miller said a plan approved this week by the Michigan House will provide more transparency for voters and enhance the integrity of the state’s citizen petition initiative process. The bills – sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats – make much-needed improvements to Michigan’s grassroots lawmaking process while boosting accountability and giving voters…

Rep. Hughes: Plan eliminates bureaucracy for veterans receiving property tax exemptions

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan from Rep. Holly Hughes streamlining the property tax exemption process for disabled veterans. Hughes’ legislation will allow disabled veterans to apply for property tax exemptions with their local communities just once — rather than annually as now required by state law. “Let’s get bureaucracy out of the…

Rep. LaFave: U.P. voters deserve voice in petition initiative process

Plan brings transparency, accountability to petition drives State Rep. Beau LaFave voted Wednesday night to support multiple pieces of legislation to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the bills, sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans, keep the grassroots lawmaking process in place…

House approves Noble’s plan allowing tax credits for donations to charities

The Michigan House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a plan authored by state Rep. Jeff Noble, of Plymouth, allowing tax credits for donations to certain charitable organizations. Under the measure, House Bill 6433, for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2019, Michiganders may credit against their charitable contributions made during the tax year to…