Rep. Johnson: Vaccine requirements should be decided by elected officials, not bureaucrats

State Rep. Steven Johnson (R-Wayland), testified today in support of his legislation before the House Oversight Committee that requires new mandated vaccine requirements to be approved by a vote of the state legislature. Johnson’s bill would remove the power of the Department of Health and Human Services to make rules relating to vaccines without having…

House Insurance Committee approves Rep. Bellino’s air ambulance legislation

The House Insurance Committee today unanimously approved air ambulance reform legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe. Bellino’s measure requires hospitals to transport patients via ground ambulances, rather than air ambulances, unless medically necessary. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without it being necessary and are eventually slammed with…

Rep. Glenn: Reforms help protect retiree benefits for police, firefighters

State Rep. Gary Glenn today introduced legislation included in a broad reform plan to protect public services and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan. The reforms stress transparency and proper reporting from local governments to pinpoint ones that may be at risk of bankruptcy due to underfunded retirement…

Rep. Whiteford welcomes Kaylor family to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford presented a legislative tribute to the Kaylor family of Allegan County on behalf of their work in raising awareness for lung cancer. From left, Rep. Whiteford, Crissy, Debbi, Petra, and Cheryl.

House Insurance Committee approves Rep. LaFave’s air ambulance legislation

The House Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain. LaFave’s measure requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance…

Senate approves Glenn bill banning sex between prostitutes, police

The state Senate today unanimously approved legislation from state Rep. Gary Glenn to make it illegal for law enforcement officials to engage in sexual acts with prostitutes or victims of human trafficking during the course of an investigation. “Michigan is the last state to eliminate this unintended exemption. There is no evidence that law enforcement…

Rep. Reilly: Mandatory vaccination power needs to be in proper hands

State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland, today testified in support of his legislation in front of the House Oversight Committee that requires new mandated vaccinations to be approved by a vote of the state Legislature. “Authority regarding mandatory vaccinations is a power that needs to be in the proper hands,” Reilly said. “Forcing medicine onto…

Senate unanimously approves Lucido bill to protect children from mutilation

The state Senate today unanimously approved legislation by state Rep. Peter Lucido to allow the termination of parental rights for anyone who forces their child to undergo a female genital mutilation (FGM). Female genital mutilation is any procedure intended to remove or damage the external genitalia.  Anyone convicted under state law that bans the practice…

Rep. Howrylak announces December office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of December. “I always value the opportunity to meet with friends and neighbors to discuss the policy issues that are important to our state,” Rep. Howrylak said. “Residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or have…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Reilly on Dec. 18

State Rep. John Reilly invites residents to join him for local office hours in Oxford and Orion Township on Monday, Dec. 18. “I always look forward to connecting with members of the community at my monthly office hours,” Rep. Reilly said. “Meeting residents and discussing important issues is one of the most rewarding aspects of…

Rep. Hoitenga hosts December office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton invites residents of Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties to her December office hours. “Holding office hours has played an important role in being an effective representative this year,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I look forward to ending 2017 on a positive note by holding multiple office hours throughout the area….