Rep. Crawford announces upcoming office hours

State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi is inviting residents to join her during local office hours for the month of February. “Talking to my neighbors and listening to their concerns about state government continues to be one of the most important parts of my job,” Rep. Crawford said. “I am happy to continue hosting district…

Rep. Bollin backs resolution reinforcing right to keep and bear arms in Michigan

Rep. Ann Bollin this week voted to support a resolution adopted by the state House to reaffirm the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms in Michigan. The right to use firearms for self-defense is ensured and protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article One, Section Six of the…

Rep. Whiteford: House committee unanimously approves bipartisan plan to improve state information technology systems for Michigan residents, taxpayers

Rep. Mary Whiteford’s bipartisan plan to help prevent cost overruns and inefficiencies hindering state of Michigan information technology projects was unanimously approved today by the House Appropriations Committee. Whiteford was part of a five-member Information Technology Task Force appointed last summer by Michigan House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez. The task force is making several reform…

Rep. Maddock: Burdensome record storage costs would be dialed back with reproduction plan

The Michigan House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation from state Rep. Matt Maddock which will save communities and taxpayers money on record storage. House Bills 5197-98 allow for digital or electronic reproduction of construction-related documents, such as drawings, blueprints, site plans, permits, contracts and others, with certain stipulations. Streamlining reproduction would allow…

Travelers better protected under Webber plan approved by Michigan House

The Michigan House this week overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Michael Webber’s plan adopting protections for consumers who purchase travel insurance policies. Webber, of Rochester Hills, said while the use of travel insurance is becoming more prevalent by travelers nationally and internationally, there’s not enough adequate safety measures in place to protect policyholders from bad actors…

Rep. Huizenga: Advancing IT reforms will offer remedies for inefficiencies, save taxpayers money

House Appropriations Committee approves proposals A multi-faceted plan generated from work done by state Rep. Mark Huizenga today was unanimously approved in a vote by the House Appropriations Committee. The proposals aim to implement newer, more effective practices within state information technology (IT) projects to be more effective with the taxpayer dollars that fund them….

Leaving no stone unturned on no-fault reform

By state Rep. Doug Wozniak, of Shelby Township While it was no easy feat, the state’s much-maligned no-fault car insurance system is now undergoing an extreme makeover. Michigan’s no-fault structure was conducive to rampant fraud and skyrocketing costs. These problems – along with forcing Michigan drivers to pay the highest car insurance premiums in the…

OPINION: Governor’s road bonding plan should be ticketed for excessive speed

By state Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann  The people of Michigan want a more open and transparent model of government. It’s often communicated to us as representatives when we sit down and talk with residents about what they would like to see in Lansing. I wanted to implement this notion within my position as chair…

Common ground found on restrictions to regional transit authority

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today announced a new plan to restrict the existing regional transit authority (RTA) and allow southeast Michigan voters to choose for themselves whether to participate in the system. The new bill is House Bill 5550, introduced by state Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica. The bill places several key safeguards…

Rep. VanWoerkom announces new Community Impact Award contest

Rep. Greg VanWoerkom announced today the start of the Community Impact Award for residents of Muskegon County. “The Community Impact Award is a way to highlight exceptional members of our community by recognizing the selfless acts they demonstrate to make our community better,” VanWoerkom said. “We are looking for individuals who advance the quality of…

Rep. Slagh announces office hours for March

Rep. Bradley Slagh announced today his plans to meet with residents of Ottawa County in March. “Communication is critical to our success,” Rep. Slagh said. “The conversations I have with members of our community provides valuable input to the decisions I make daily.” Rep. Slagh will be available at the following times and locations: Monday,…

House approves Wozniak’s plan combatting elder abuse, increasing protections for seniors

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Doug Wozniak’s plan to combat elder abuse and establish increased protections for Michigan’s senior population. Wozniak, of Shelby Township, said elder abuse is a serious crime that is becoming more common. The Aging and Adult Services Agency reports that one in 10 older adults in Michigan is…