Rep. Runestad’s plan ensures investigation and accurate reporting of elder financial abuse

Michigan House approves measure to protect senior citizens The Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to help protect senior citizens from financial exploitation and abuse. Runestad’s bill requires law enforcement to investigate for potential financial abuse when investigating neglected abuse cases involving the elderly. Runestad said elder abuse is…

Michigan House approves Rep. Albert’s plan helping state police retirees

The state House today overwhelmingly approved Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan designed to ensure Michigan State Police retirees get their promised benefits while controlling long-term system costs. “These reforms will help troopers and taxpayers, which is a ‘win-win’ situation,” said Albert, of Lowell. “We’re another step closer to changes that will help Michigan State Police employees…

Rep. Frederick’s plan helps finance local road projects

Michigan House approves measure to help fix state’s infrastructure The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Ben Frederick to help counties, cities and villages by giving them access to additional funds to fix roads. Frederick’s plan clarifies the ability to fund road projects from the State Infrastructure Bank. “This plan helps communities…

Rep. Farrington’s plan would better prepare students for their financial futures

State Rep. Diana Farrington today testified in support of legislation she introduced requiring financial literacy education in Michigan public schools. With families and individuals incurring astronomical levels of debt across the country, Farrington believes this is a step in the right direction for preparing Michigan students for their futures. “We are a culture of overspending….

Rep. Brann: We must teach our kids about jobs, entrepreneurship

West Michigan business owner wants to give students tools for success State Rep. Tommy Brann today testified in support of his plan to include free enterprise and entrepreneurship as a curriculum requirement for 8th grade social studies instruction. Brann, a restaurant owner in Wyoming, spoke of his personal experience that inspired this legislation. “When I…

Rep. Lucido gives farewell address to House of Representatives

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Peter Lucido gave his farewell address to the Michigan House of Representatives during session on Wednesday. In the speech, Rep. Lucido thanked his colleagues and staff for their hard work and friendship, as he highlighted his eagerness to continue serving the people of Macomb County in the state Senate.

Rep. Calley’s plan to help troubled Michigan youth approved by House

Legislation establishes juvenile mental health courts State Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to create specialized juvenile mental health courts in Michigan was approved unanimously today in the state House. Calley, of Portland, said Michigan’s current mental health courts successfully help struggling adults overcome their challenges through court-based treatment programs, reducing recidivism across the state. “Treatment courts…

Rep. Wentworth votes to establish juvenile mental health courts

State Rep. Jason Wentworth today voted to support an innovative plan to create specialized juvenile mental health courts in Michigan. Wentworth, a member of the House CARES mental health task force, said mental health courts successfully help struggling people address their problems through court-based treatment programs, reducing recidivism in Michigan. “Unfortunately, mental health programs for…

Rep. Frederick supports plan to help troubled Michigan youth

Legislation establishes juvenile mental health courts State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to support an innovative plan to create specialized juvenile mental health courts in Michigan. Frederick, of Owosso, said mental health courts successfully help struggling adults address their problems through court-based treatment programs, reducing recidivism in Michigan. A mental health court for adults is…

Rep. Webber: Consumers prefer convenience when purchasing insurance plans

The Michigan House, with bipartisan support, this week approved state Rep. Michael Webber’s plan offering flexibility for consumer-friendly insurance packages. Under Webber’s measure, House Bill 6432, employees of a health benefit company can bundle insurance products for the purpose of convenience to the customer. “People prefer convenience and ‘one-stop shops’ when purchasing goods or services,…

Rep. Vaupel: Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan authored by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, better informing the public of the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Under Vaupel’s plan, bars, restaurants and liquor stores must add the following language to signage already mandated by law: “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix. Drinking alcoholic…