Two Rep. Canfield bills head to governor for consideration

Two bills sponsored by state Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. recently received legislative approval and are under consideration by Gov. Rick Snyder. Both bills were approved during the final hours of the 98th Legislature on Dec. 14 and 15. Rep. Canfield, R-Sebewaing, said he is grateful that his colleagues approved the bills and is confident…

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Rep. Roberts completes 2016 with perfect voting record

Lawmaker has 100 percent attendance for second straight year State Rep. Brett Roberts, R-Charlotte, completed his second consecutive year in office with perfect attendance, taking part in every roll call vote during the 2015-16 legislative session. Rep. Roberts has a flawless voting record despite the fact that his son was born the day he was…

Rep. Howell has perfect voting record since taking oath of office

State Rep. Gary Howell ended his first partial term in office with a perfect voting record, making a decision on all 660 recorded roll-call votes since he took his oath of office in March. Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, who took his seat in the House after a special election in March, said being present for…

Rep. Pscholka posts perfect voting record over six years

State Rep. Al Pscholka finished his sixth year in the Michigan House of Representatives with a perfect voting record. Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville, took part in all 1,532 roll-call votes in 2011 and 2012; 1,345 votes in 2013 and 2014; and every one of 1,263 recorded votes during the current session. He made it a priority…

Rep. Lauwers lauds GOP House for achieving 78% success rate

Republican lawmakers approved many major goals   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today applauded House Republicans for achieving an astounding 78 percent of the policy goals the caucus set in its Action Plan at the start of the 2015-2016 legislative session. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, who last month was elected by his colleagues to be the…

Senate OKs Rep. Lauwers’ local government transparency bill

The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Dan Lauwers to give citizens more transparency regarding local governments’ unfunded retiree liabilities. The bill now goes to the governor for consideration. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, introduced House Bill 6075 as part of a 13-bill package to provide citizens a better idea of…

PHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township (right), joined Lucian Spataro of the Joe Foss Institute in testifying before the Senate Education Committee on House Bill 4136 today in Lansing. HB 4136 would require all high school students to pass a civics test, similar to a citizenship test required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, in order to graduate.

Rep. Lucido’s civics test legislation approved by Senate

LANSING – State Rep. Peter Lucido’s legislation that will require high school students to pass a civics test is heading to the governor’s desk after it was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday. “Knowing who our vice president is or how a bill becomes a law are crucial items to know for everyone in…

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Rep. Sheppard applauds Legislature’s approval of energy reform plan

State Rep. Jason Sheppard issued the following statement today following bipartisan approval of Senate Bills 437 and 438, a sweeping energy reform plan: “Michigan has been facing a looming energy capacity shortfall that would have a crippling effect on our state’s economy,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance. “The comprehensive plan we approved secures Michigan’s energy future…

Rep. Nesbitt: State’s future bright with new energy plan

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, chair of the House Committee on Energy Policy and House Majority Leader, issued the following statement after the Legislature approved an important long-term energy plan: “I am very proud that we were able to approve a responsible plan to provide Michigan families and businesses with affordable and reliable energy for…

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Senate passes Rep. Cox’s bill to protect retired police and firefighters

A bill sponsored by Rep. Laura Cox to address the management of Healthcare Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association (VEBA) plans was today passed by the state Senate. In April 2014, the City of Detroit and the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association (RDPFFA) reached an agreement to create a VEBA trust fund, with the sole…

MI House passes resolution urging the MPSC to reject the raw deal to close Palisades

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today continued his battle to keep the Palisades nuclear power plant in Covert Township open, introducing House Resolution 410 urging the Michigan Public Service Commission to reject plans to shutter the plant in 2018. Rep. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, chair of the House Committee on Energy Policy, expanded his quest to quash plans…

PHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. Peter Lucido, R-Shelby Township testifies before the House Oversight and Ethics Committee on House Bill 4629.

Reform of civil asset forfeiture continues with Rep. Lucido bill

LANSING – State Rep. Peter Lucido continued his march to reform civil asset forfeiture law as House Bill 4629 was approved by the state Senate and House. HB 4629 removes the provision that property owners post a 10 percent bond within 20 days of seizure to start the process of potentially returning the property to…