Rep. Lucido bill seeks to end parental rights for mutilation

Legislation submitted this week by state Rep. Peter Lucido seeks to terminate parental rights for anyone who has their child undergo a female genital mutilation. The bill follows a seven-bill bipartisan legislative package approved by the House Law and Justice Committee and the state House this week, which criminalizes the act of a female genital…

Rep. Frederick supports resolutions to improve job opportunities

State Rep. Ben Frederick, the chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, has voted in favor of four recent resolutions to help expand the state’s workforce in skilled trades and sciences. “Our state’s employment opportunities continue to grow and we need to expand with it to help move Michigan forward,” said Frederick, of…

Rep. Alexander speaks at Dairy Day

State Rep. Julie Alexander and Sen. Judy Emmons gave the opening address during the annual Dairy Day at the state Capitol Wednesday. Joining the lawmakers was Michigan native and Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Allison Schmitt. Schmitt partnered with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan to promote chocolate milk and good nutrition to schools and student-athletes…

Committee approves Rep. LaFave bill prohibiting sanctuary city policies in Michigan

The Michigan House Local Government Committee on Wednesday approved legislation authored by state Rep. Beau LaFave prohibiting counties from enacting or enforcing “sanctuary city” policies in Michigan. This bill would specifically prohibit a county from firing or sanctioning law enforcement officials, local officials, and employees for communicating with federal officials regarding the immigration status of…

Rep. Tedder welcomes new brownfield redevelopment laws

State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston said abandoned sites across Michigan will have better chances at redevelopment after a new law was signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder. Tedder, as chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, played a key role in the legislation’s advancement. He said the new law has the potential to benefit…

Rep. Johnson introduces bill to exempt Michigan-made gas cans from federal regulation

State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced legislation today that would make gas cans manufactured and sold in Michigan exempt from federal regulations. Federal environmental regulations have resulted in self-venting gas can designs which often make pouring fuel a frustrating and exasperating task. Johnson’s bill simply states that gas cans manufactured and sold in Michigan would not…

Rep. Rendon bill, FGM ban legislation approved by House

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Daire Rendon, which set the sentencing standards for anyone convicted of performing a female genital mutilation procedure, was part of a bipartisan legislative package approved by the state House today. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, which is intended to remove or damage the external female…

House approves Rep. Lucido’s bill protecting taxpayers against unfair property tax suits

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Peter Lucido’s legislation to protect taxpayers from unwarranted personal liability lawsuits in property tax cases. The bill, approved with broad bipartisan support in a 106-1 vote, ensures that an individual or business is not personally responsible for any unpaid property taxes or special assessments unless they owned…

Rep. Allor bill helps pay for sexual assault examinations

Bill unanimously approved by House committee The Michigan House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Sue Allor to expand state payment to health care providers for sexual assault exams.  “After sexual assault, a medical exam can check for injuries, even those you may not be able to see,” said…

Northern caucus successful in closing school funding gap

The Michigan House’s Northern Michigan Caucus today declared victory in its efforts to close the school funding gap that has left rural schools at a disadvantage compared to the richer school districts in more populated areas. State Rep. Triston Cole, chair of the caucus, said legislators from Northern Michigan continually pressured school budget negotiators to…

Rep. Wentworth lauds budget changes that aid smaller schools

Legislator fought for funding equity, at-risk money  State Rep. Jason Wentworth today said he will vote for the state’s school budget after a House-Senate conference committee restored additional funding for small, rural school districts and equalized the formula to help at-risk students. Wentworth, of Clare, recently voted against passage of the House budget because it…