Rep. Farrington votes for budget with record-high K-12 funding

Spending blueprint also includes skilled-trades training   State Rep. Diana Farrington today joined her colleagues in the House to approve the state budget, which includes record spending on K-12 education and prioritizes training for people who want to work in vocational jobs. Farrington, of Utica, said the schools in the community she serves will receive…

Chairwoman Cox: Responsible, balanced budget approved, focus on schools, services

Spends fewer state taxpayer dollars than the current budget   House Appropriations Chairwoman Laura Cox today applauded her colleagues in approving the state budget for the coming fiscal year, producing a fiscally conservative, balanced budget that spends fewer state taxpayer dollars than the current year spending plan. Cox, of Livonia, said the state fiscal blueprint…

Rep. Barrett bill increases efficiency, flexibility on farms

State Rep. Tom Barrett’s legislation giving farmers the flexibility to move portable toilet facilities around their fields for farm workers was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. Barrett, of Potterville, said farms use portable bathrooms to comply with requirements that field workers have access to toilet facilities within a quarter mile of where…

Rep. Webber issues statement after House passes budget bills

State Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, today issued the following statement after the House passed the state budget: “I voted for a budget that represents a responsible fiscal blueprint, which provides school districts with increased K-12 education funding going to the classroom where it belongs. We also increase funds for career and technical training,…

Tedder bill improves end-of-life care for people of Michigan

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Jim Tedder requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to assemble a committee to advise on the development of a standardized Physician Ordered Scope of Treatment (POST) form was today approved with overwhelming support by the Michigan House of Representatives. A POST form is an advance care…

Noble and Geake on the House floor

House approves Rep. Noble’s bill easing restrictions on Michigan painters, decorators

The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Jeff Noble’s legislation providing more opportunities for painters and decorators. The bill sponsored by Noble, of Plymouth, would remove painters and decorators from the list of occupations needing a residential maintenance and alteration contractor license in Michigan. “This will save time and money for painters and decorators,” Noble…

Michigan House approves Bellino’s bill to help police and fire retirees

State Rep. Joe Bellino’s bill providing income tax relief to younger retired police and firefighters not covered by Social Security was approved today by the Michigan House. “My goal is to provide tax relief for all taxpayers in Michigan, and this is a first step,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “Police and fire employees work hard…

State House approves Rep. Iden’s Michigan Tax Tribunal reforms

The state House today approved Rep. Brandt Iden’s bill to benefit residential and commercial taxpayers by improving the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Iden’s legislation would make the state’s administrative court handling property tax appeals more efficient and reliable. The reforms would speed up the resolution of cases and require comprehensive training for new tribunal appointees. “These…

Glenn bill banning sex between prostitutes, police gains House approval

Bipartisan legislation from state Rep. Gary Glenn, which makes it illegal for law enforcement officials to engage in sexual acts with prostitutes or victims of human trafficking during the course of an investigation, was approved by the full membership of the state House today. “This unintended legal loophole has existed for too long, to the…

Rep. Hoitenga mutilation ban bill approved, headed to governor

The state House gave final approval of legislation sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga today, criminalizing female genital mutilation in Michigan as part of an eight-bill legislative package. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Hoitenga’s bill specifically classifies the procedure as a felony with…

Rep. Lucido’s bill to improve child protections approved by panel

Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Peter Lucido, which will terminate parental rights for anyone who is convicted of having their child undergo a female genital mutilation procedure, was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee today. Female genital mutilation is any procedure performed on girls intended to remove or damage the external genitalia. “When…

Caro Center expansion receives conference report approval

State Sen. Mike Green and state Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. on Tuesday announced that Caro will be home to a new regional psychiatric hospital. “Today’s announcement that the new state hospital will be constructed at the site of the current Caro Center is a direct reflection of the strong community support for this facility,”…