Rep. LaFave’s air ambulance legislation flies through House

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain. LaFave’s measure requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air…

House approves Rep. Barrett’s air ambulance legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved air ambulance reform legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, ensuring patients fully acknowledge and understand the potential costs of air ambulance transport when it is not medically necessary. Barrett’s measure requires hospitals to only utilize air transport when medically necessary to save patients from…

Rep. Bellino’s air ambulance legislation approved by House

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved air ambulance reform legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe. Bellino’s measure requires hospitals to transport patients via ground ambulances, rather than air ambulances, unless medically necessary. Patients sometimes are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without it being necessary and are eventually slammed with…

House approves Rep. Hughes’ LLC waiver bill

The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, that waives a limited liability company’s (LLC) initial filing fees if a majority of the initial members are military veterans. “On top of encouraging veterans to be entrepreneurial and own businesses, my bill importantly corrects an oversight in…

Rep. Miller schedules end of year office hours

  State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced in-district office hours with local residents. “The feedback I receive at these meetings is the most important tool I have when representing the district in Lansing,” Rep. Miller said. “I encourage anyone with concerns or ideas about state or local government to join me for coffee…

Rep. Bellino: Free credit freezes will offer more security for Michigan residents

A bill proposed by state Rep. Joseph Bellino to better protect Michigan residents from fraud by providing free security freezes today was unanimously passed in a House Financial Services Committee vote. When a freeze is placed on a credit report through a consumer credit-reporting agency, those looking to engage in fraud are unable to open…

Rep. Bizon welcomes local students to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. John Bizon interacts with students from Marshall Opportunity High School who were at the Capitol for the 17th Annual Student Technology Showcase.  The event allowed lawmakers to see first-hand how technology is used in classrooms across Michigan.

Criminal justice reform sponsored by Rep. Howrylak advances to the House floor

The House Law and Justice Committee voted this week to advance House Bill 5234, which was introduced by State Representative Martin Howrylak, to the House floor. Under current law, an inmate cannot retain public or private health insurance when they enter the county jail. Once an individual is incarcerated, the jail is required to pay…

Rep. Griffin bill lowers barriers to broadband expansion

The House Communications and Technology Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill, with bipartisan support, proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan which streamlines requirements needed for broadband expansion work in county rights-of-way. County road commissions have jurisdiction over rights-of-way and require permits, inspections and project reviews due to the close proximity of lines and…

Rep. Hoitenga bill cuts government red tape regarding line relocation requirements

The House Communications and Technology Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton limiting requirements needed for broadband expansion work in rights-of-way. The bill waives permit fees and required studies for telecommunication and video service providers when relocating lines. County road commissions have jurisdiction over rights-of-way and often require…

Rep. Vaupel to host in-district office hours on Dec. 15

State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township will host office hours in Fowlerville, Hartland and Howell on Friday, Dec. 15. Rep. Vaupel will meet with residents at the following locations: Fowlerville: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave.; Hartland: 4 to 5 p.m. at Kahuna Coffee, 1836 Old U.S. Highway 23;…