Rep. Johnson plan allows retired teachers to substitute teach

Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced a plan to allow retired teachers to substitute teach without increasing the school’s payments to the state pension system. Currently, if a retired teacher substitute teaches in a public school, that school must pay the Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability (UAAL) payment even though that teacher’s pension is unaffected by substitute…

Rep. Hall’s plan to improve CPS protocol, protect vulnerable children approved by House

State Rep. Matt Hall’s legislation to better protect Michigan’s vulnerable children and improve the performance of the state’s Children’s Protective Services (CPS) division was today approved with unanimous support by the Michigan House of Representatives. Hall’s proposal came in the wake of a 2018 performance audit that called into question the effectiveness and efficiency of…

Rep Webber: Better communication is necessary when state responds to environmental, health threats

State Rep. Michael Webber of Oakland County – chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee and member of the House Oversight Committee – reacted to a House Appropriations Committee hearing to review how the state responded and communicated with local governments and legislators regarding Electro-Plating Services in Madison Heights and ownership-related properties in Sanilac County…

Rep. Whiteford welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

State Rep. Mary Whiteford welcomed Pastor Joe Shaler to lead Wednesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Shaler is the lead pastor of Otsego United Methodist Church in Otsego. Joining them at the rostrum is Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield.  

Rep. Lilly urges action to protect Great Lakes shoreline

Resolution calls on Canada to stop redirecting water into Great Lakes State Rep. Jim Lilly this week urged action to stop Ontario, Canada from redirecting water into the Great Lakes because of recent record high water levels. Lilly’s resolution would help prevent future damage to Michigan’s shoreline beaches, roads, bridges, boat ramps, state parks, businesses,…

Rep. Wozniak sets local conversation hours

State Rep. Doug Wozniak announced his next set of local conversation hours to be held Friday, Jan. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. at Wendy’s, 66650 Van Dyke Ave. in Washington. “Meeting regularly with people in our community continues to be one of my top priorities as a state legislator,” Wozniak said. “I look forward…

Rep. Bellino welcomes local deacon to lead House invocation

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe welcomed Deacon Mike Stewart (center) to the state Capitol to lead today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Stewart is a deacon at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Monroe. Joining them at the rostrum is Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield.

Rep. Markkanen plan allows vets to consult on use of CBD, marijuana products for pets

Marquette veterinarian testifies in support of legislation State Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Agriculture Committee in support of a plan he introduced to solve a problem brought to light by an Upper Peninsula veterinarian. Markkanen, of Houghton, said Dr. Kellie Holmstrom has run into problems because clients have questions about the use…

Wakeman: State income tax relief is long overdue

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today introduced a plan that would allow Michigan families to keep more of their hard-earned money through long-overdue state income tax relief. Wakeman’s plan would immediately reduce the state income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2021 and phase out an additional 0.1…

Rep. Hall joins President Trump for signing of historic U.S.-China trade deal

State Rep. Matt Hall today was on hand in Washington, D.C., as President Donald J. Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the Phase One trade agreement between the two countries. Hall, of Marshall, said he was honored to be present for the historic event. “For years, China has taken advantage of the United…

Wozniak bill ensures families seeking adoption have the legal support they need

State Rep. Doug Wozniak today delivered testimony before the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee on his bipartisan plan to correct an unintentional result of 2017 legislation that prevented attorneys from legally serving people in adoption court hearings. In 2017, legislation was passed to prevent underground adoptions without court supervision. Wozniak said through unintentional oversight,…