Glenn testifies on plans to clarify state law in House committee

Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, today testified before the House Judiciary Committee on two separate measures she introduced to clarify state law to better serve the people of Michigan. The first, House Bill 5153, would ensure further protection of Michigan children by updating the definition of the word “neglect” in state law to ensure children who…

Rep. Kahle: Resolution raises awareness about Alzheimer’s in Michigan

State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian today led Michigan House approval of a resolution declaring June as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The resolution encourages residents to envision a world without Alzheimer’s and encourage research and other work to combat its human and economic costs. Kahle noted families across Michigan struggle with Alzheimer’s and its repercussions every…

Rep. Filler, House panel hear testimony on decriminalization proposal to reduce penalties for low-level crimes

Bipartisan plan would reclassify several minor offenses as civil infractions State Rep. Graham Filler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, today took testimony on a plan that re-examines the penalties for low-level crimes in Michigan. Filler, who helps sponsor the bipartisan proposal, said reclassifying certain misdemeanors as civil infractions would establish better, more proportional penalties…

COVID-19: Chair Hernandez leads Appropriations Committee support for Michigan’s front-line workers, small businesses and the unemployed

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – today led the panel’s approval of federal funding to help the state rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. The support will help Michigan residents get the unemployment benefits they are counting on, assist small businesses restarting after the COVID-19 shutdown, and provide relief for…

House approves Rep. Schroeder’s plan to make Michigan child abuse investigations more effective and transparent

Rep. Andrea Schroeder’s plan allowing Michigan Children’s Ombudsman investigators to dedicate more resources to cases where child abuse is suspected was unanimously approved today by the state House. The plan also improves transparency and accountability to improve the investigation process. “Our goal is to protect vulnerable children and deliver the justice they deserve,” Schroeder said….

Rep. Alexander fights for fairness in Michigan’s marijuana licensing rules

Plan ensures people are not denied license solely based on spouse’s job State Rep. Julie Alexander’s plan to ensure no one is prevented from operating a marijuana business in Michigan simply because their husband or wife works for state government was overwhelmingly approved today by the state House. Alexander, of Hanover, introduced the measure after…

Rep. VanSingel: We must update state’s solid waste regulations to help improve local economies

State Rep. Scott VanSingel’s plan to strengthen local economies by creating additional recycling opportunities was discussed this week in the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee. House Bill 5816, part of a six-bill bipartisan plan, improves the planning process for landfill sites, and recognizes and increases access to recycling and composting opportunities. “These are…