Chatfield, Casperson plan to form new oversight panel for Line 5 tunnel

State Rep. Lee Chatfield and Sen. Tom Casperson today said they are working on a plan to establish a new panel to oversee the construction and operation of a proposed tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. Both legislators said they fully support the completion of a new tunnel and other critical infrastructure upgrades to provide…

Rep. LaSata’s plan to deter election fraud moves forward in Senate

State Rep. Kim LaSata’s legislation preserving the integrity of elections in Michigan has been approved by the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the legislation was introduced after the Michigan Supreme Court overturned a local man’s conviction for election forgery because it decided Michigan law does not clearly define election…

Residents can meet with Rep. Howrylak on Dec. 17

State Rep. Martin Howrylak will host his monthly office hours on Monday, Dec. 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Blair Memorial Library, 416 N. Main St. in Clawson. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Howrylak said. “Local residents interested in discussing legislative matters or have…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: December 3, 2018

It was a privilege to welcome student Grace Miller of Kreeger Elementary School in Fowlerville to the Capitol on Thursday to be honorary Representative for a Day. Grace is the winner of the student reading contest I hosted over the summer, and while in Lansing, I was happy to invite her on the House floor…

Rep. Kahle welcomes student as ‘Rep For A Day’

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle welcomed Ava Depew, a fourth-grade student at Lincoln Elementary School in Adrian to the state Capitol. Ava was the winner of Rep. Kahle’s summer reading contest and was invited to serve alongside the representative as a ‘Rep For A Day’. Rep. Kahle worked with several local libraries and organizations…

Rep. Reilly to Congress: Stop punishing schools for parents’ choices

State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township introduced a resolution calling on Congress to amend a federal act that could penalize Michigan schools based on a factor they do not control. The Every Student Succeeds Act requires schools to maintain a 95 percent test participation rate for standardized statewide assessments or face financial penalties. However,…

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Rep. Maturen bill protecting vets’ drinking water advances to House floor

A bill to heighten drinking water testing standards at facilities housing veterans, sponsored by state Rep. David Maturen, was approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources this week. The bill is part of a bipartisan package aimed at protecting municipal drinking water sources. “As we increase the requirements for testing drinking water across the…

Committee approves Rep. Rendon’s plan to help people who need elderly care

The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Daire Rendon to help give senior citizens high quality care within their communities. Rep. Rendon’s bill allows the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to operate per zip code to eliminate duplication. “The PACE program allows an individual…

House Committee approves Theis plans prioritizing consumer ID protections, implementing national standards

The House Insurance Committee today approved three separate plans authored by state Rep. Lana Theis, of Brighton, strengthening consumer protections, erasing burdensome mandates and adopting national standards within the Michigan insurance industry. In light of significant cyber-attacks throughout both private and public sectors, House Bill 6491 tightens cybersecurity regulations for insurers and increases consumer identity…

LaFave: New plan would repeal Michigan’s bottle deposit law

Ending deposit would boost community recycling programs State Rep. Beau LaFave has introduced legislation as part of a new plan to provide a much-needed boost to community recycling programs by ending Michigan’s 40-year-old bottle deposit law. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said although the “bottle bill” helped reduce litter in the 1980s and 90s, it’s now…

Rep. Vaupel plan creates higher standards for Michigan pet stores

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel to protect dogs by strengthening standards for Michigan pet stores was approved today by the Michigan House. Vaupel, a veterinarian of more than 40 years, said his plan prevents Michigan pet stores from acquiring dogs from unregulated breeders, or “puppy mills.” “We’re raising the bar for pet stores,”…

Rep. Howrylak applauds committee passage of ‘Raise the Age’ proposal

Bipartisan bills will treat 17-year-olds as minors for most criminal offenses  A plan to change the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses – and the funding mechanism to support the change – recently was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee. The legislation voted…