Rep. Iden welcomes Olympian to state Capitol

                                    PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden welcomed U.S Olympic Soccer star Lindsay Tarpley to the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.  Tarpley is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, winning gold at the 2004 Athens and 2008…

Committee approves Rep. Noble’s bills improving safety for Michigan drivers

Plan clarifies rules for drivers and improves Michigan roads The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved two bills introduced by state Rep. Jeff Noble to enter into a driver’s license compact agreement and create the Michigan Innovative Transportation Grant Fund. Noble said the Driver’s License Interstate Compact will allow states to work together…

Senate committee advances Cox plan protecting sexual abuse victims from serial predators

Bipartisan bill package submitted in response to Larry Nassar scandal The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced state Rep. Laura Cox’s legislation to allow Michigan criminal courts to consider relevant information involving an individual’s prior acts of sexual-based offenses. “Michigan has to identify sexual predators and punish them accordingly,” said Cox, of Livonia. “A predator’s pattern…

Senate panel approves Rendon bill to update medical license revocation standards

State Senate to consider plan submitted in response to Nassar scandal State Rep. Daire Rendon today announced the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved her plan to ensure health care professionals convicted of sexual contact under the guise of a medical procedure will automatically have their medical license revoked. “Anyone who will violate the trust of…

Rep. Tedder to host in-district office hours

State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of June. “I value the opportunity to meet residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Tedder said. “I look forward to spending time with friends and neighbors at my upcoming office hours and discussing the policy…

Committee approves Rep. Runestad’s plan to end onsite traffic stop payment for out-of-state motorists

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to eliminate the antiquated onsite traffic stop payments for out-of-state motorists. “This plan protects drivers’ assets and eliminates the requirement that nonresidents must pay in cash when stopped by law enforcement,” said Runestad, of White Lake. Currently, law enforcement…

Senate panel approves Tedder plan to help teachers in Michigan’s classrooms

Bills will reduce unnecessary certification, substitute teacher standards The Senate Education Committee today approved two bills sponsored by state Rep. Jim Tedder to address Michigan’s shortage of substitute teachers and remove an unnecessary teaching certificate requirement for new teachers. Tedder, a former teacher and administrator in Clarkston, described substitute teaching as in “critical shortage” with…

VanSingel plan to address school threats moves forward

State Rep. Scott VanSingel’s plan to help crack down on threats made against students and teachers in Michigan schools was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee. VanSingel, of Grant, said his legislation offers a simple solution to a problem identified by prosecutors and law enforcement agencies across the state. “Right now, prosecutors can either…

LaFave’s plan to address school threats moves forward

Legislation provides flexibility needed to ensure punishment fits crime State Rep. Beau LaFave’s plan to crack down on threats made against students and teachers in Michigan schools was approved with bipartisan support today by the House Judiciary Committee. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said his legislation offers a simple solution to a problem identified by prosecutors…

Governor signs Rep. Allor’s plan streamlining tax-exempt purchases into law

A measure simplifying the process for schools, non-profits and qualified businesses to execute tax-exempt purchases – sponsored by state Rep. Sue Allor – was signed into law this week. The new law assists buyers who qualify for sales use and tax exemptions on certain purchases but don’t claim the exemption at the time of purchase….

Rep. Barrett: Buy American Act critical to national defense and state’s economic engine

A resolution proposed by state Rep. Tom Barrett urging the president to place increased emphasis on the Buy American Act today was approved by the Michigan House. The Buy American Act of 1933 ensures public money is directed to domestically produced products. The plan provided preference to domestic sources of both unmanufactured and manufactured goods…