Senate approves bills simplifying RV licensing

The Michigan Senate today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz that will simplify the licensing process for recreational vehicles in Michigan. House Bills 4052 and 4053 would move the classification for non-motorized recreational vehicle sales to the Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Act except for dealers who only sell non-motorized recreation vehicles.  The move…

Rep. Jacobsen hosts local pastor opening House session in prayer

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, today brought Pastor Dave Gerber to Lansing to open the day’s House of Representatives session with an introductory prayer.  Gerber lives in Oxford and serves as a pastor at the Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene in Waterford. “I appreciate Pastor Gerber coming to Lansing to help us begin the day’s…

Nesbitt champions career-technical education before House committee

Lawmaker: Students should be offered opportunity to pursue many paths to success, jobs State Rep. Aric Nesbitt joined several of his colleagues today to testify before the House Education Committee on the need to offer more vocational and technical classes so students can prepare for careers after high school. Nesbitt testified in support of House…

Outman resolution recognizes Autism Awareness Month

State Rep. Rick Outman has introduced a House resolution declaring April as Autism Awareness Month in Michigan. House Resolution 89 brings awareness to the neurological disorder that affects 1.5 million Americans and their families. “We hope this conveys awareness to the challenges facing families who live with autism on a day-to-day basis, and encourages those…

Speaker Bolger reappoints state Rep. Jim Stamas to Library of Michigan Board of Trustees

Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today announced the reappointment of state Rep. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, to the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014. “The Board of Trustees of the Library of Michigan helps guide the direction of a distinguished treasure of our state,” said Bolger, R-Marshall. “Rep. Stamas…

Kesto bill cuts regulatory costs of immigration clerical assistants

Measure maintains legal protection against scammers State Rep. Klint Kesto today introduced a bill to remove unnecessary regulations on Michigan’s immigration clerical assistants, saving the state hundreds of thousands of dollars, while at the same time increasing the amount of civil damages imposed on those who attempt to swindle immigrants. House Bill 4528 reforms the…

State House passes package of bills to help Michiganders suffering from ALS

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation that will allow residents to donate a portion of their tax return to the ALS of Michigan Fund. House Bills 4084 and 4085 create the ALS of Michigan Fund and creates a check-off box on income tax forms for citizens to make a voluntary donation. State Rep….

McMillin, Caswell bills provide guidelines for indigent defense

Measures ensure justice is fairly distributed in state State Rep. Tom McMillin and state Sen. Bruce Caswell today introduced legislation to establish the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) to ensure that all, including poorer citizens, have access to competent and independent legal counsel in criminal cases. The MIDC created with House Bill 4529 and Senate…

House OKs Lori bills to allow tax return donations for Alzheimer’s research

Measure now goes to Senate for consideration The House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Matt Lori allowing Michigan residents to contribute part of their tax returns to the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association Fund. House Bills 4081 and 4082 add the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association Fund to the list of organizations where contributions may…

Rep. Graves introduces legislation protecting small businesses from government overreach

State Rep. Joseph Graves today introduced legislation that protects small-business owners from being charged fees by their local municipality decades after work is completed. House Bill 4494 requires fees charged for sewer connections to be issued at the time a construction project receives its building permits or within two years of the permit being approved….