Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford; audio on reduction in workers compensation costs

Rep. Jacobsen, the author of the 2011 law that reformed the state’s 100-year old workers’ compensation system, says the last two years have seen a 21% drop in workers’ comp insurance premiums while still providing Michigan workers a high level of protection. A small business owner himself, Rep. Jacobsen says small, neighborhood businesses benefit the…

Jacobsen legislation shows impressive results after implementation

Michigan will see a 21 percent drop in overall worker’s compensation insurance premiums since a 2011 law was authored by state Rep. Brad Jacobsen. “It’s always exciting to see the positive impact our work is having on job providers,” said Jacobsen R-Oxford. “I am pleased to be able to see the measureable change the law…

Summer reading contest winner joins Jenkins at Capitol

Ten-year-old Anne Roesch learns what it’s like to be ‘Rep. for a Day’ Adrian resident Anne Roesch today learned what it’s like to be “Rep. for a Day” at the state Capitol as the winner of Rep. Nancy Jenkins’ summer reading contest. “Anne worked hard all summer to win the summer reading program, and I…

Rep. Lyons introduces legislation to overhaul color-coded school rating system

Overhauling the convoluted and confusing color-coded school rating system so that Michigan parents have a simpler, more transparent letter-grade system available is the goal of House Bill 5112, introduced this week by state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons. “The color system is unclear for those unfamiliar with the ranking formula. The current system is not at…

Cotter legislation allowing fulltime students to postpone jury duty approved by the House

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation that will allow full-time college students to postpone their jury duty until the end of the school year, announced Rep. Kevin Cotter. House Bill 4570, introduced by Cotter, grants an exemption from jury duty to full time college students. This exemption already exists for high-school students. It is…

Michigan leaders awarded Heroes of Breast Cancer Leadership Award

On Tuesday, state Rep. Gail Haines and Sen. Roger Kahn were given the Heroes of Breast Cancer Leadership Award at the 19th Annual Karmanos Cancer Institute Heroes of Breast Cancer Awards. Haines was recognized with the award due to her leadership in championing equal access to oral cancer treatment drugs in the state of Michigan….

Staggered terms to strengthen trails panel

Rendon bill restructures Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council              Members of the Michigan Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council would begin serving staggered terms to help provide year-to-year stability and continuity for state trail oversight under legislation introduced by state Rep. Bruce Rendon. Currently, all 11 governor-appointed members serve four-year terms, all beginning and ending at…

House approves Rep. Graves’ bill to boost school safety

Measure has strong bipartisan support The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Joseph Graves that makes schools safer and lets parents know when safety drills have taken place. The House today approved House Bill 4713, which instructs schools to conduct five fire safety drills spread throughout the school year; two tornado safety…

Nesbitt applauds panel passage of Miss Dig legislation

Lawmaker: Changes stress safety, efficiency A House committee on Tuesday approved legislation that will provide more safety for Michigan residents while protecting the integrity of underground utilities, according to state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, chair of the House Energy and Technology Committee. The committee unanimously approved Senate Bills 539 and 540. The bills clarify aspects of…

State House approves measures to help curb repeat drunken driving, keep motorists safer

All Michigan motorists would be safer under legislation unanimously approved in the state House today that helps stop drunken drivers from repeating their offenses, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. House Bill 5021, introduced by Lauwers, would help create a sobriety court interlock program throughout Michigan.  The program allows repeat offenders to receive a restricted driver…