Michigan House committee OKs plan to close tax loophole for out-of-state homeowners

Legislation to prevent out-of-state residents from unfairly taking advantage of property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan was unanimously approved today by the House Tax Policy Committee. The bills are sponsored by state Reps. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs and Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township. The issue is key in the southwest…

Rep. Lucido announces annual summer reading contest

PHOTO NOTE: 2016 Contest Winner Amber Watta of Shelby Township, and Rep. Peter J. Lucido PHOTO NOTE: 2016 Contest Winner Amber Watta of Shelby Township, her family, and Rep. Peter J. Lucido   State Rep. Peter Lucido is kicking off his annual summer reading contest for local elementary school students. The winner will join Rep….

House approves bill opening up job opportunities for ex-inmates

The state House today approved legislation by state Rep. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs to allow former inmates to be hired by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) while ensuring public safety. Pagel’s bill sets a requirement that the MDOC director has final approval on applicable candidates with specific consideration of departmental operation and public…

Rep. Frederick supports legislation defining electronic property rights

Resolution would put measure up for vote of the people State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today voted in favor of legislation to protect electronic property from unreasonable search and seizure. The resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to make crystal clear that the government must generally obtain a search warrant to access a person’s…

Rep. Lucido legislation to help human trafficking victims approved by House

The state House today approved legislation by state Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, to allow expert testimony during human trafficking cases. “Expert witnesses are another reliable resource to go with victims’ testimony,” said Lucido, who serves as vice-chair on the House Law and Justice Committee. “We must give the victims an additional credible voice…

Rep. Cole discusses changes announced for 2017 Mackinac Bridge Walk

State Rep. Triston Cole today applauded the decision to close the Mackinac Bridge to most vehicle traffic during the 2017 Annual Bridge Walk on Labor Day. The Michigan State Police, U.S Department of Homeland Security and Mackinac Bridge Authority recommended the decision. “The Mackinac Bridge Authority Board members considered a very tough decision when they…

House approves legislation defining electronic property rights

Resolution would put measure up for vote of the people Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad to protect electronic property from unreasonable search and seizure received unanimous bipartisan approval today from the Michigan House of Representatives. Runestad’s resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to make crystal clear that the government must generally obtain a…

Rep. Lucido bill protects taxpayers against unwarranted property tax suits

A Michigan House committee today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Peter Lucido’s legislation to protect taxpayers from unfair personal liability lawsuits in property tax cases. The bill – advanced with broad bipartisan support — specifies that an individual or business is not personally responsible for any unpaid property taxes or special assessments unless they owned the…

Howell lauds House approval of bill to protect Michigan deer from disease

Legislation prohibits import of carcasses with chronic wasting disease With a show of unanimous bipartisan support, the Michigan House of Representatives has approved legislation to protect Michigan deer from the spread of chronic wasting disease. State Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, said limiting people from bringing carcasses of…

Rep. VanderWall bill extends agricultural disaster loan program

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today was joined by Phil Korson, executive director of the Cherry Marketing Institute, to speak before the House Agriculture Committee in support of legislation to extend the agricultural disaster loan program. The low-interest loan program, which when funded provides the structure for financial institutions to offer assistance to farmers and agricultural…

Rep. Miller schedules May office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced his monthly in-district office hours with local residents, emphasizing the importance of representing the concerns of the community. “The feedback I receive at these monthly meetings is the most important tool I have when representing the district in Lansing,” Rep. Miller said. “I encourage anyone with concerns…