Schmidt reminds residents of available heating assistance, protection

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, wants to remind 104th District residents that heating assistance is available to eligible families through programs designed to protect residents from heat shut off and lessen financial burdens. “Thanks to legislation I helped pass a few years ago, there are programs in place to protect northern Michigan families from…

Nesbitt hails House passage of balanced budget resolution

Congress should have to live within a budget State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today applauded the Michigan Legislature’s approval of a joint resolution petitioning Congress to call a Convention of States to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, joined his colleagues in the House and Senate in voting for Senate Joint…

McMillin introduces the Fourth Amendment Rights Protection Act

Bill pushes back on federal collection of personal data This week, state Rep. Tom McMillin, (R-Rochester Hills), introduced House Bill 5420 to safeguard Michigan residents Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against unreasonable search and seizure without a warrant. The bill ensures state agencies, and those working for the state, are prohibited from aiding the federal…

Nesbitt: CO2 oil recovery bill a win-win-win for Michigan

Environment, consumers, commerce benefit from legislation State Rep. Aric Nesbitt said today’s House approval of a four-bill legislative package will encourage more development of Michigan energy, while cutting down the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. The Senate approved the package earlier this week and sent it back to the House with changes….

State Rep. Paul Muxlow speaking on House Bill 4593

State Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, speaks to colleagues on the House floor on Thursday, March 20, urging them to vote for legislation to reform the scrap metal industry in Michigan. The House approved House Bill 4593, now Public Act 99 of 2014, which ends cash sales of air conditioner components, catalytic converters and copper…

Rep. Walsh supports scrap metal reform bill deterring theft

Yesterday the Michigan House, with the support of State Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, approved a scrap metal reform bill making scrap metal buyers and sellers more accountable. “This reform is important because it targets three items favored by metal thieves: air conditioners, catalytic converters and copper wire,” Walsh said. “It creates a paper trail so…

Kesto: Scrap metal reform bill will deter rampant theft

Lawmaker led work group that crafted compromise The Michigan House today approved a scrap metal reform bill that state Rep. Klint Kesto said will make sellers and buyers accountable and should put a huge dent in theft. The House voted 98-12 to approve the compromise measure, which was hammered out in a work group headed…

Rep. Lauwers sponsors resolution honoring 10th annual Ag Day

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, at left, today participated in the 10th annual Ag Day at the state Capitol in Lansing.  Lauwers sponsored a resolution honoring the traditional event.  Joining Lauwers with the resolution are, from left, Dave Armstrong of Greenstone Farm Credit Services and Yale resident Jay Ferguson of the Michigan Soybean Association. Lauwers, member…

House approves meaningful scrap metal reform bill

Rep. Muxlow: No more ‘green money’ sales The Michigan House today approved scrap metal reform that its sponsor, state Rep. Paul Muxlow, said will bring an end to rampant and unregulated cash sales of commonly stolen items. The House voted 98-12 late this afternoon to approve House Bill 4593. Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, said the…