Chair Hernandez issues statement on budget

Rep. Shane Hernandez – chair of the Michigan House Appropriations Committee – tonight issued a statement after legislative leaders and the governor’s administration reached an agreement regarding the current fiscal year: “I am encouraged by this positive step toward resolving our state budget challenges for the current fiscal year. “We are not sitting back and…

Rep. Howell: Canadians Drop Plan to Place Radioactive Waste on Lake Huron Shore

Local lawmaker remains vigilante against potential contamination State Representative Gary Howell (R-Deerfield Twp.) claimed a partial victory last week, as an Ontario nuclear power company has officially dropped its plan to place tons of radioactive waste on a site within a half mile of the Lake Huron shore, directly across from the Thumb of Michigan….

House approves Rep. Wakeman’s plan updating educational requirements for funeral directors

The Michigan House this week overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan that would update certain education requirements for Michigan funeral directors to keep pace with industry standards. Wakeman’s measure makes various changes to funeral service, including a new continuing education requirement. Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, said the legislation stems from research he conducted while…

Time to update costly, inefficient regulations that hurt U.P. job providers

Imagine working in an industry where the rules that dictate how you do your job haven’t been updated in more than 40 years. Might be time to re-evaluate some things, right? Unfortunately, that is the reality for the many Upper Peninsula businesses that work on projects regulated by the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). These…

Rep. Cole issues statement after judge orders Line 5 to shut down

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today issued the following statement after an Ingham County judge ruled Enbridge must completely shut down both pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, even though only one has been damaged: “Shutting down both pipelines that carry natural gas liquids through national and international grounds is an enormous disruption to…

Rep. Kahle plan to increase high school access to CTE, college courses heads to governor

State Rep. Bronna Kahle’s plan to expand dual enrollment access for high school students seeking summer education opportunities was unanimously approved by the Legislature and now moves to the governor’s desk to be considered for state law. Currently, Michigan high school students may take approved postsecondary classes and are eligible for tuition reimbursement; however, students…

Rep. Yaroch reviews COVID-19 impact on nursing homes during subcommittee hearing

Last week, State Rep. Jeff Yaroch dug into a controversial state policy which places people who have tested positive for COVID-19 into nursing homes and long-term care facilities with healthy residents, saying the people of Michigan deserve to see the science behind this questionable policy. Yaroch chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee devoted to the Department…

Rep. Vaupel plan improving access to telehealth signed into law

Bipartisan plan makes health care more accessible for Michigan Medicaid patients A plan spearheaded by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, to improve access to health care for Michigan Medicaid patients via telehealth has been signed into law. Currently, Michigan Medicaid doesn’t cover telemedicine visits, and state law requires telemedicine visits between patients and health…

Representative Wendzel unveils new bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel today helped unveil a new bipartisan 15-bill package aimed at reforming Michigan’s criminal sentencing guidelines. As of 2018, Michigan prisoners have the longest average length of stay in the nation at 54 months. This is in stark contrast to the national average of 30 months, and out of line with neighboring…

Rep. Reilly introduces plan to help schools save money through choice in electricity market

State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland, this week introduced a measure to save schools and colleges across Michigan money on their electricity bills. House Bill 5915 would allow K-12 schools, universities, colleges and community colleges, both public and private, to buy electricity from any provider they choose. The plan would save educational establishments money on…