House supports Rep. Allor bill to link students to careers

The House today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Sue Allor to connect skilled trade students with post-high school education programs and potential careers. “We’ve got open career opportunities right now in northern Michigan and this legislation is part of the solution to match those jobs with the right employees,” said Allor, of Wolverine….

House votes for Kahle bill to help attract skilled trade teachers

The House today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Bronna Kahle to expand professional trade instruction and provide career-oriented development in Michigan high schools. “Our state has many good-paying jobs and bright career opportunities in skilled trades right now, but we need experienced instructors to help bring that real world teaching to the classroom,” said…

Rep. Frederick supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities

State Rep. Ben Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, today voted in the state House for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade education in Michigan’s public schools. “This legislation gives more opportunity to Michigan children,” said Frederick, of Owosso. “There was a lot of input from educators, business owners…

House approves Rendon bill to expand skilled trades in schools

The House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Daire Rendon to create age-appropriate skilled trades learning programs in each grade level of Michigan’s school districts. “We needs to allow for students to develop their interests and goals as they advance through their educational career,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “Blending in instruction with real-…

Michigan House committee approves Rep. Iden’s online gaming legislation

The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee today approved Rep. Brandt Iden’s proposal to legalize online casino gaming with overwhelming bipartisan support. Iden’s legislation would allow internet-based gaming only through casinos currently operating in Michigan, including Detroit’s three casinos and any tribal casino that reworks its compact with the state to reflect the new technology. Safeguards…

Senate approves Howrylak’s state unemployment system reform legislation

The Michigan Senate today voted unanimously to approve legislation authored by state Rep. Martin Howrylak to improve Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). Rep. Howrylak’s proposal is part of a bipartisan bill package. The reforms were developed by a workgroup comprised of business leaders, claimant advocates and bipartisan legislators. The package was introduced to improve accountability…

Senate approves Bellino’s state unemployment system reform

The Michigan Senate today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino fixing Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The measure is part of a bipartisan bill package addressing the failures of the UIA based on the findings of a workgroup consisting of legislators and other stakeholders. Bellino’s bill clarifies the employer determination process of…

House panel OKs Barrett bill making English the official state language

Measure encourages learning, saves taxpayer money   The House Government Operations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett establishing English as the official state language. Barrett, of Potterville, said his legislation will encourage people who do not speak the language to learn English. He said Michigan will join 32 other states that…

Rep. Alexander welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Julie Alexander welcomed Bishop Ira Combs from the Greater Bible Way Temple in Jackson to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker Tom Leonard joined them…

Rep. Lilly’s bill requiring fiscal notes on all bills clears House committee

Legislator: Price tag should be known in advance   The House Government Operations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly requiring all bills scheduled for a hearing before legislative committees to have fiscal notes advising what financial impact each measure will have on the state. Lilly, of Park Township, introduced the bill…

House approves Rep. Wentworth’s disabled veteran legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. Jason Wentworth. The measure would require the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to reflect legislation sponsored by state Rep. John Bizon, of Battle Creek, that allows honorably discharged veterans who provide proof of their 100-percent disabled status to the…