Rep. Marino introduces bill helping teachers finance classroom supplies

Michigan public school teachers who buy their own classroom supplies would be eligible for an income tax credit through legislation introduced today by state Rep. Steve Marino. “From pencils and paper to iPad headphones, more and more Michigan teachers are spending money out of their own pockets to supply their classrooms every year,” Marino, of…

Rep. McCready to host local office hour

State Rep. Mike McCready of Bloomfield Township will host an open office hour on Monday, Oct. 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the conference room of the West Bloomfield Public Library located at 4600 Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield. “I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing important issues,” Rep. McCready said….

Rep. Calley welcomes winners of summer reading contest to state Capitol

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomed 14 students and their families to the Capitol to be junior representatives for a day and experience the life of a Michigan state representative. Local students entered the contest by reading books over the summer, filling out a bookmark with their name and the list of books that they read,…

Rep. Wentworth votes to end driver responsibility fees

Committee approves eliminating fees, forgiving debt   State Rep. Jason Wentworth today voted for bipartisan legislation in the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee that eliminates driver responsibility fees by October 2018, provides alternative methods by which to pay fees until then and forgives debt after elimination. Wentworth, of Clare, said he supports bringing to an end…

Rep. Kahle: allow more Michigan-based businesses to flourish with crowdfunding

A bill proposed by state Rep. Bronna Kahle that would update Michigan’s investment crowdfunding law, Michigan Invests Locally Exemption, passed the Senate unanimously today. “Investment crowdfunding has played an important role in helping people raise the money they need to start and grow small businesses,” Kahle said. “Expanding crowdfunding options to more businesses will provide…

Rep. Lilly votes for bills ending driver responsibility fees

Measures now move to full House for consideration   State Rep. Jim Lilly today voted for a bipartisan package of bills before the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee to eliminate driver responsibility fees by October 2018 and forgive outstanding debt. Lilly, of Park Township, who is vice chair of the committee, said ending the punitive fees…

House committee advances driver responsibility fee repeal and forgiveness

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness reported a package of bills to repeal Michigan’s driver responsibility fees and offer complete forgiveness to affected drivers:   “The government made a mistake passing this backdoor tax on Michigan drivers. The state wrongfully targeted the…

Chatfield advances bills to end driver responsibility fees

Bipartisan package ends punitive, senseless penalties    State Rep. Lee Chatfield today voted in the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee to approve a bipartisan package of bills to eliminate driver responsibility fees by 2018 and forgive outstanding debt. Chatfield, of Levering, who chairs the committee, said driver responsibility fees were initiated by politicians in 2003 as…

Rep. Griffin bill easing permitting requirements for businesses becomes law

A bill introduced by state Rep. Beth Griffin regarding business monitoring system permits recently was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Permits for business monitoring systems are exempted if a registered provider or licensed alarm system contractor performs the work and the system is less than 50 volts. The work could include installation or…

Rep. Webber honors regional youth soccer champions

State Rep. Michael Webber today welcomed the Nationals Union 02 Girls Black soccer team to the Capitol. The team, coached by Jeremy Harkins, won the U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championship this summer. Rep. Webber and Gov. Rick Snyder honored them with a tribute from the Michigan House of Representatives. “I’m very excited to host…

Rep. LaFave votes for bill to expand dual enrollment to border school districts

The Michigan House today approved legislation supported by Rep. Beau LaFave to give Upper Peninsula high school students in districts along the Michigan state border improved access to dual enrollment options in Wisconsin. “We have many respectable colleges and technical centers in the Upper Peninsula, but unfortunately there are sections along the Menominee River boundary…