Rep. Bellino: End tax disadvantage for police and fire retirees

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today introduced legislation giving income tax relief to younger retired police and firefighters not covered by Social Security, bringing them more in line with other retirees. Bellino’s bill affects Michigan public safety professionals who were born after 1952 and were retired before 2013. The bill would provide an increased…

Rep. Barrett continues push to help charities raise more money through gaming

State Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville today continued his effort to make it easier for charities across Michigan to raise money through charitable gaming. Barrett testified today in front of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, making the case for legislation he sponsors along with Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge. Supportive charities testifying today included…

Michigan House approves urgent funding for Macomb County sinkhole

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a funding bill urgently needed to address health and safety issues related to the Macomb County sinkhole emergency. The bill approved with bipartisan support includes $3 million from the state to help protect people, property and the environment from potential sewage overflows as crews continue to address the sinkhole…

House panel approves McCready’s marriage ceremony legislation

Bill allows township supervisors to solemnize marriages State Rep. Mike McCready’s legislation authorizing township supervisors to perform marriage ceremonies has received approval from the House Judiciary Committee. Under current law, district court judges, district court magistrates, municipal judges, probate judges, federal judges and city mayors have the authority to solemnize a marriage. McCready’s bill adds…

Rep. LaFave focuses on March is Reading Month

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain has visited several local schools to read to students throughout the month. In conjunction with March is Reading Month, Rep. LaFave is focusing his attention on fund-raising license plates, which helps fund libraries. “It is great to have a month that celebrates reading,’ LaFave said. “Funding libraries and…

Rep. Roberts’ career counseling bill approved unanimously by committee

State Rep. Brett Roberts’ legislation to give students better access to college and career counseling was approved unanimously by the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. His bill will ensure that counselors complete professional development instruction, specifically in the areas of career technical education and college preparation. “Counselors working with high school students should have…

Rep. Chatfield announces March, April office hours

State Representative Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the months of March and April. “One way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve is by hosting local office hours throughout the district,” said Rep. Chatfield. “It’s invaluable that I listen…

Rep. Tedder bill supported by motorcycle community

President of ABATE of Michigan speaks in support of legislation State Rep. Jim Tedder of Waterford Township was joined today by Vince Consiglio, President of ABATE of Michigan. Consiglio testified in support of Tedder’s bill to create a fund to promote motorcycle awareness to the general public. Tedder said he introduced the legislation to promote…

Rep. Lucido joined by time-change expert for committee hearing

Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, was joined today by time-change expert Scott Yates to speak in support of legislation to eliminate the twice-a-year time changes in Michigan. Lucido, the Shelby Township legislator sponsoring the bill, said the twice-a-year time changes are disruptive, making employees late to work and negatively affecting how students perform at…

Rep. Maturen introducing bill to ensure tax assessment process is fair for all

State Rep. David Maturen of Vicksburg today said he will introduce bipartisan legislation to ensure that the tax assessment process is fair for small businesses and local communities by doing away with a tactic some large retail corporations have used to dramatically reduce the taxes on their properties. “Lawyers hired by big corporations have won…

Rep. Glenn votes for legislation to boost government transparency

State Rep. Gary Glenn said the recent House passage of bipartisan legislation to make Michigan’s government more transparent is a victory for citizens who want to see how their tax dollars are being used. Glenn, of Midland, is a co-sponsor of the 11-bill package which makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom…

Rep. Lilly announces office hours in Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Holland

Rep. Jim Lilly of Park Township is inviting Ottawa County residents to attend his upcoming office hours scheduled for Friday, March 24 and throughout April. “I am committed to making our voices heard in Lansing,” Lilly said. “This is a great opportunity for us to share ideas and updates about our state government.” The office…