Rep. VanderWall announces December coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for December coffee hours. “Coffee hours give residents a way to voice any questions or concerns they may have regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I invite everyone to attend coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, Dec….

Rep. Lilly’s firework measures rocket through House committee

The House Regulatory Reform Committee Wednesday approved two separate plans authored by state Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, regarding the use and safety of consumer fireworks in Michigan. House Bill 5939 enhances the abilities of local municipalities to determine the times consumer fireworks may be fired off within their city limits. “While a majority…

Rep. Lauwers plan to increase government efficiency and transparency clears House committee

The House Agriculture Committee today passed state Rep. Dan Lauwers’ plan to update and streamline the state’s laws protecting Michigan’s animal food agriculture. “This solution is a great example of legislators and constituents working together to serve Michiganders and make government more efficient,” Lauwers said. “Our farming technology has changed dramatically since this law was…

Rep Howell: Bipartisan drinking water protections bills moves to House floor

A bipartisan plan to increase the frequency of water testing for lead at facilities serving the state’s most vulnerable citizens today passed the House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Rep. Gary Howell. “This is another important step to increase protections against lead in drinking water as we continue to work toward solutions to this pervasive,…

Rep. LaFave plan improves communities through residential rehabilitation

A proposal from state Rep. Beau LaFave offering communities across Michigan incentive to develop or rehabilitate properties was approved Tuesday in a vote by the House Commerce and Trade Committee. LaFave’s legislation, House Bill 6294, focuses on expanding access to the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Program. “This act was designed to help blighted communities and blighted…

Rep. Albert votes to approve landmark ‘Raise the Age’ legislation

Plan will treat 17-year-olds as minors for most criminal offenses  A bipartisan move to change the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses was supported today by state Rep. Thomas Albert in a vote by the House Law and Justice Committee. Michigan is one of just…

Rep. Lucido spearheads landmark ‘Raise the Age’ legislation

Plan will treat 17-year-olds as minors for most criminal offenses  A proposal offered by state Rep. Peter Lucido as part of a bipartisan plan to change the age at which individuals are considered adults for the purposes of prosecuting and adjudicating criminal offenses today was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee. Michigan is…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Runestad on Dec. 14

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, Dec. 14. “I always value the opportunity to meet residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Runestad said. “As a legislator, my primary focus is being accessible and accountable to…

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

Ending deposit would boost community recycling programs State Rep. Joe Bellino 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. Bellino, of Monroe, said although the “bottle bill” helped reduce litter in the 1980s and 90s, it’s now hurting…

Vaupel calls for transparency from drug manufacturers

State Rep. Hank Vaupel today delivered testimony before the House Health Policy Committee on a bill he introduced to make prescription drug pricing more transparent. Vaupel, who chairs the committee, said prescription drugs make up a large part of the increasing cost of health care in Michigan. The goal of his measure is to reveal…

Rep. Whiteford will help determine House committees

Legislator will serve on temporary Committee on Committees State Rep. Mary Whiteford will help determine House committee assignments for the 2019-20 Michigan House legislative session after being named a member of the Committee on Committees by Speaker-elect Rep. Lee Chatfield. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said she is looking forward to helping establish committee assignments based…

Rep. Runestad’s civil asset forfeiture reform plan moves forward

State Rep. Jim Runestad’s plan to bring more oversight and transparency to Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture process was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support. Civil asset forfeiture is the procedure by which law enforcement officers can seize property they believe was gained from or used during the commission of a crime….