Rep. Griffin: Legislation an important step in licensing reform

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of his or her moral character. Griffin’s legislation, House Bill 6111, is part of a bipartisan, five-bill plan…

Rep. Iden: Occupational licensing reform will alleviate burdensome restrictions

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved multiple, bipartisan plans spearheaded by state Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, giving those with criminal records a better chance in finding employment. Iden’s legislation, House Bill 6110, which is the lead bill in the package, makes it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license…

Rep. Allor measure strengthening pipeline safety standards passes House

Representative applauds agreement to replace Line 5 with tunnel State Rep. Sue Allor’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the Michigan House with bipartisan support. Allor, of Wolverine, said the safety measures included in the plan will help protect the…

New proposal offers needed remedies for open meetings act violations

The Michigan House of Representatives has introduced a plan to better protect the public and hardworking taxpayers through additional Open Meetings Act parameters. House Bill 6411, sponsored by state Reps. Martin Howrylak of Troy, Shane Hernandez of Port Huron and Jim Runestad of White Lake Township, provides for injunctive relief if a public body is…

Rep. LaFave applauds agreement to shut down, replace Line 5 in Straits

Representative votes to strengthen pipeline safety standards State Rep. Beau LaFave today said an agreement reached between the state of Michigan and Enbridge will lead to major safety enhancements along Line 5 and ensure local communities continue to have access to reliable energy resources. Under the agreement, Enbridge will permanently shut down the current segment…

LaSata to host opioid town hall in Benton Harbor

Lawmaker seeks to increase education, awareness for opioid abuse resources State Rep. Kim LaSata announced today she will host a town hall meeting on opioid abuse, overdose, reforms, and services Berrien County offers to residents afflicted with addiction. Joining her as co-hosts and presenters will be Congressman Fred Upton, Senator John Proos, Riverwood Center, Community…

Rep. Chatfield plan improving safety of pipelines in Straits passes House

Representative: Great Lakes must be protected from threat of spill State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Chatfield, of Levering, said pipeline operators are not currently required to report spills…

Rep. Albert’s plan to evaluate state’s economic incentives approved by Michigan House

State Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan to determine the effectiveness of Michigan’s economic incentive programs was approved today by the state House. The plan would require the state to hire an independent outside contractor to evaluate and recommend modifications to Michigan’s economic incentive programs, which generally provide business tax incentives with the goal of promoting economic…

Rep. Bellino welcomes input at upcoming monthly coffee hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino has announced his latest monthly coffee hour schedule, which will take place on Monday, Oct. 22. Bellino, of Monroe, will meet with residents one-on-one if they wish to share comments or concerns at the following times and locations: • 9-10 a.m. at Tim Hortons of Monroe, 404 S. Monroe St., Monroe;…

Rep. Chatfield statement on Line 5 tunnel under Straits of Mackinac

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, issued the following statement today after Enbridge committed to replacing the portion of Line 5 that crosses beneath the Straits of Mackinac with a new pipeline inside a protective tunnel: “While the transportation of energy resources is essential to our daily lives, it’s important we continue to seek the…