Panel clears Forlini bill to allow common-sense bicycle signals

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Anthony Forlini that allows bicyclists to use an alternate right-turn signal that will make Michigan roads safer for everyone. House Bill 4866 lets bicyclists signal a right turn with their right arm held out to their side instead of using their…

Panel approves Rep. Muxlow bill to reform scrap metal industry

Measure protects buyers, sellers, utility companies The House Regulatory Reform Committee approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, instituting safeguards in the scrap metal industry to protect those who buy and sell metals for recycling. House Bill 4593 was revised during a summer work group, where stakeholders in the scrap metal industry…

House committee approves bills to reform scrap metal industry

Kesto led summer work group to iron out legislation The House Regulatory Reform Committee today gave strong bipartisan approval to legislation to reform the scrap metal industry, designed to identify stolen items and protect stakeholders in the industry. The legislation underwent major revisions during the summer under a work group headed up by state Rep….

Be safe in quest for game this fall

By State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes This is the time of year when leaves start to turn to bright colors of red, yellow and orange. It also is the season when hunter pull out their orange vests and caps in anticipation of a safe and successful deer hunting season. Michigan is filled with amazing…

Michigan – and its government – are open for business today

LANSING – As the President and Congress failed to approve a budget and forced a partial federal government shutdown today, Michigan state government was open for business thanks to its state Legislature and Governor passing a budget four months early. “We passed the state budget back in early June — the third year in a…

House passes Leonard measure to protect victims’ right to restitution

The House of Representatives recently approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tom Leonard aimed at ensuring that criminals continue to pay restitution following a victim’s death. House Bill 4636 requires a defendant to pay the remaining restitution to a victim’s estate if the victim dies, making it uniform for all victims and defendants. “A victim’s…

Price to hold office hours in Spring Lake

State Rep. Amanda Price will hold local office hours in Spring Lake on Friday, Oct. 4 to meet with area residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at the Spring Lake District Library, located at 123 E. Exchange St., from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All area residents are welcome to stop…

U.P. native joins McBroom staff

State Rep. Ed McBroom today announced Iron Mountain native Emily Mortl has joined his Lansing staff to handle constituent relations. “I am very happy that Emily has come on board and will be helping the hard-working residents in the 108th House District with issues or concerns,” said McBroom, R-Vulcan. “She brings a keen knowledge of…

Forlini: Unemployment bills protect state’s tax dollars

Lawmaker hails battle against fraud State Rep. Anthony Forlini  on Thursday voted for a package of bills that reforms Michigan’s unemployment insurance process, including a bill that denies benefits to a worker who fails or refuses to take a drug test as a condition of employment. The House passed House Bills 4949-4954 dealing with a…

Outman applauds bills to cut down on unemployment fraud

Lawmaker votes for legislative package State Rep. Rick Outm,an today hailed passage of a package of bills to reform Michigan’s unemployment insurance process, including a measure that denies benefits to anyone who fails or refuses to take a drug test as a condition of employment. The House today passed House Bills 4949-4954 dealing with a…

Nesbitt supports common-sense unemployment reform bills

Lawmaker: Measures protect hardworking taxpayers State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today voted in favor of a legislative package reforming unemployment policies, including a bill to deny unemployment benefits to anyone who fails or refuses to take a drug test as a condition of employment. The House passed House Bills 4949-4954 dealing with unemployment reform. HB 4952…