Rep. Miller: Plan brings accountability, transparency to petition drives

State Rep. Aaron Miller said a plan approved this week by the Michigan House will provide more transparency for voters and enhance the integrity of the state’s citizen petition initiative process. The bills – sponsored by both Republicans and Democrats – make much-needed improvements to Michigan’s grassroots lawmaking process while boosting accountability and giving voters…

Rep. Hughes: Plan eliminates bureaucracy for veterans receiving property tax exemptions

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan from Rep. Holly Hughes streamlining the property tax exemption process for disabled veterans. Hughes’ legislation will allow disabled veterans to apply for property tax exemptions with their local communities just once — rather than annually as now required by state law. “Let’s get bureaucracy out of the…

Rep. LaFave: U.P. voters deserve voice in petition initiative process

Plan brings transparency, accountability to petition drives State Rep. Beau LaFave voted Wednesday night to support multiple pieces of legislation to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the bills, sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans, keep the grassroots lawmaking process in place…

House approves Noble’s plan allowing tax credits for donations to charities

The Michigan House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a plan authored by state Rep. Jeff Noble, of Plymouth, allowing tax credits for donations to certain charitable organizations. Under the measure, House Bill 6433, for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2019, Michiganders may credit against their charitable contributions made during the tax year to…

House approves Rep. Hughes’ Veterans Service Dog Fund initiative

Voluntary program helps connect veterans to service animals State Rep. Holly Hughes said Michigan veterans in need of a service animal are one step closer to being united with a helpful companion after the Michigan House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved her plan to establish a grant program within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs….

Rep. Lower: All Michigan voters deserve voice in petition initiative process

Bills bring transparency, accountability to petition drives State Rep. Jim Lower’s plan to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency was approved today by the Michigan House. Lower, R-Cedar Lake, said his plan – along with other bills sponsored by House Democrats – ensures the important process remains…

Rep. Frederick votes to bring transparency, accountability to petition initiative process

State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to support multiple pieces of legislation to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency. Frederick, of Owosso, said the bills, sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans, keep the grassroots lawmaking process in place with critical improvements that give voters in rural communities…

Johnson bill allowing ‘ballot selfies’ passes out of committee

Today, the House Elections and Ethics committee passed a Rep. Steve Johnson bill that would allow Michigan voters to take “ballot selfies.” Currently, Michigan Secretary of State rules prohibit voters from taking photos of their ballots. Johnson’s legislation would allow a voter, whether at a polling place or voting absentee, to take a picture of…

Rep. Cole’s plan expanding youth access to hunting heads to the governor’s desk

A proposal led by state Rep. Triston Cole to expand hunting opportunities for Michigan’s youth was sent to the governor’s desk today for his signature. “This plan enhances the Mentored Youth Hunt program’s effort to give more Michigan kids the opportunity to learn a rewarding skill by allowing them to hunt on public land,” Cole,…

LaFave: No to ‘triple tax’ on enjoying the great outdoors

State Rep. Beau LaFave opposed an attempt to charge more fees to ATV users and voted ‘no’ in the Michigan House Wednesday on a proposal to require a Recreation Passport for access to trailhead parking. “Adding fees to our trailheads is death by a thousand paper cuts for anyone who wants to enjoy pure Michgian,”…