Rep. Hauck lauds committee passage of transparency package

State Rep. Roger Hauck today praised the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee for approving a bipartisan 11-bill package that makes state government more transparent. Hauck, of Union Township introduced a bill that is part of a package subjecting the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act in addition to creating the Legislative Open…

Rep. Vaupel announces state grants awarded to the city of Howell

State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township today announced the city of Howell was awarded $275,703 in Community Development Block Grant funds for improvements to three buildings in downtown Howell. “I’m happy to see this partnership between state, local and private investors which makes these historic renovations possible,” Rep. Vaupel said. “These improvements will bring…

House committee approves Rep. Bellino’s transparency bill

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Joe Bellino placing elected state government officials under open records laws was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. Bellino, of Monroe, said he is proud to have a role in the 11-bill package subjecting the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act and create the…

Rep. Chatfield bill, transparency package approved by committee

Legislation by state Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering was part of government transparency package that the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee approved today. Collectively, the 11-bill package will extend jurisdiction of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to include the governor and lieutenant governor and create the Legislative Open Records Act which places the Legislature under…

Rep. Iden’s transparency bill clears House committee

State Rep. Brandt Iden introduces legislation to make state government more accountable to Michigan residents. The bill is part of an 11-bill package focused on accountability and was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. “I believe transparency should be a hallmark of state government, just as it is for local governments and school…

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House approves Rep. Miller’s elections bill protecting taxpayers

State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today praised his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving his legislation to prevent state representatives and senators who resign from office from running in the special election called to fill the seat. Miller, who chairs the House Elections and Ethics Committee, said the legislation simply clarifies…

Rep. Howrylak introduces legislation to reduce PAC campaign contributions

Today, State Representative Martin Howrylak introduced legislation to reduce the campaign contribution limit for Political Action Committees (PACs). If signed into law, Rep. Howrylak’s proposal would reduce the amount an independent committee or PAC could contribute to a candidate in an election cycle from 10 times the individual contribution limit to five times the individual…

Rep. Whiteford kicks off March is Reading Month at local schools

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco will kick off March is Reading Month at Dawson Elementary School in Allegan on Friday, March 10. Whiteford plans to visit 10 schools in the area over the month of March. “As a mother and grandmother, one of my favorite activities is to read to my granddaughter and I…

Rep. Noble supports package to give students more class choice

State Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth is co-sponsoring four merit curriculum bills that will give students more flexibility in their high school education choices in preparation for life after high school. “Every student is different, so we need to offer a variety of opportunities to give them the education they desire,” Noble said. “Our high…

House passes wide-ranging corrections reforms

  Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, this afternoon issued the following statement after the House passed a package of Senate bills that reform Michigan’s corrections system:   “The House today passed an important series of reforms that creates a more effective and efficient corrections system in Michigan.  We eliminated outdated rules that punished…

Rep. Sheppard supports package to expand students’ class choice

State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance is co-sponsoring a merit curriculum legislative package that will provide flexibility for students in their high school education choices. “These four bills will work well with our high school skilled trades programs to prepare students for life after graduation,” Sheppard said. “The Career Technology Center at Monroe County Community…

State Reps. Pagel, LaSata aim to close tax loophole for out-of-state homeowners

State Reps. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs and Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township today introduced legislation to stop out-of-state residents from taking advantage of property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan. “Closing this loophole will help make sure public schools and local governments get their proper amount of tax revenue,” Pagel said….