House approves equine liability bill

The Michigan House has approved a bill that will limit frivolous lawsuits against equine professionals and activity sponsors. House Bill 4126 would change language in current state law to make it easier for equine professionals and activity sponsors, such as stables and 4-H clubs, to be able to operate without fear of a lawsuit.  HB…

House approves bills to assist funeral directors

The Michigan House has approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz that would help funeral directors and grieving Michigan families. House Bills 4303, 4329 and 4330 would allow Midwest funeral directors to cross state lines to participate in the removal, document signing, and transportation process.  Michigan funeral directors would be allowed the same rights…

Exchange students visit Michigan Capitol

State Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, recently welcomed Thore Pruesse of Germany, Ishtiak Zim of Bangladesh, Zhanar Tuleutayeva of Kazakhstan, and Olave W. Russell, ASSE International Student Exchange representative, to the state Capitol. The group from Traverse City toured the Capitol, watched House and Senate sessions and discussed Michigan’s legislative process with MacMaster.

Rendon hosting online meeting with Snyder

  Residents can interact with governor live by webcam State Rep. Bruce Rendon is hosting a new style of town hall on April 23 at Kirtland Community College that will feature Gov. Rick Snyder participating via a live webcam. “I am excited to host this online meeting to give local residents an opportunity to talk…

Rep. Pagel hosts office hours in Niles on April 27

Upcoming meetings to take place in New Buffalo, Buchanan State Rep. Dave Pagel invites residents to join him at informal office hours in Niles on Saturday, April 27. Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, will host office hours at the Prime Table Restaurant, 1915 S. 11th St. in Niles from 10 a.m. to noon. “I encourage anyone with…

House bill offers equine industry protections

Johnson measure to reduce liability, lawsuits moves to Senate Michigan would join the majority of other states that limit the number of frivolous lawsuits over horse-related incidents due to the inherent risk accepted when participating in equine activities under legislation approved Thursday with a bipartisan vote in the state House.   State Rep. Joel Johnson…

House approves McMillin bill protecting rights of citizens

Measure now goes to Senate for consideration The Michigan House today unanimously approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Tom McMillin that exempts Michigan citizens from taking part in the arrest and detention of people by the federal government without due process. House Bill 4138 prohibits state agencies and their employees, including the Michigan National…

State would pay additional interest on late refunds to taxpayers under Shirkey bill

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation requiring state government to pay Michigan taxpayers additional interest for late tax refund payments, state Rep. Mike Shirkey announced. House Bill 4002, introduced by Shirkey, imposes an additional 3-percent interest on the late payment of refunds owed to Michigan taxpayers by the state Department of Treasury. “Michigan taxpayers…

State would pay taxpayers extra for late refund checks under legislation approved by House

The Michigan House this afternoon unanimously approved legislation requiring state government to pay Michigan taxpayers additional interest for late tax refund payments, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. House Bill 4002 imposes an additional 3-percent interest on the late payment of refunds owed to Michigan taxpayers by the state Department of Treasury.  The legislation is especially…

State would pay taxpayers extra for late refund checks under legislation approved by House

The Michigan House this afternoon unanimously approved legislation requiring state government to pay Michigan taxpayers additional interest for late tax refund payments, state Rep. Tim Kelly announced. As a member of the House Tax Policy Committee, Kelly helped move the legislation onto the House floor for consideration.  House Bill 4002 imposes an additional 3-percent interest…