Kurtz introduces legislation allowing DHS to collect debts owed from lottery winnings

State Rep. Kenneth Kurtz on Thursday introduced legislation that would allow the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) to collect debt that it is owed from lottery winners who have received state assistance. House Bill 4855 would give DHS the authority to collect money from an individual’s lottery winnings of $1,000 or more if that…

Forlini bill signals more safety for Michigan bicyclists

Measure allows for alternate right-turn gesture State Rep. Anthony Forlini has introduced legislation that allows bicyclists to use an alternate right-turn signal that he says will be easier for motorists to understand and make roads safer for everyone. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, is an avid bicyclist who has seen the confusion on drivers’ faces when he…

Rep. Glardon measure to help ensure patient safety

State Rep. Ben Glardon today introduced legislation to protect Michigan patients by requiring training standards to operate radiation machines. Glardon introduced House Bill 4869 after Gary Duehring, PhD, a constituent and adjunct professor at Baker College of Owosso and Central Michigan University, brought the issue to his attention.  With the exception of mammography machine operators,…

Rep. Kelly to lead new subcommittee to study controversial Common Core standards

State Rep. Tim Kelly today was appointed to lead a special bipartisan subcommittee to make a legislative recommendation on how Michigan should move forward with the controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative. Kelly, an education policy advisory to former Gov. John Engler, will serve as chair of the House Education Subcommittee on Common Core Standards….

Lauwers introduces resident’s idea to make millage elections more transparent

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today introduced legislation to help ensure voter participation and save taxpayer dollars by requiring all millage increase ballot proposals to be placed on November general elections. House Bill 4887 is the first of five bill ideas from a constituent-driven legislative contest sponsored by Lauwers.  Mark Shrapnell of St. Clair contacted Lauwers…

Walsh applauds plan for new Detroit Red Wings stadium in downtown Detroit

State Rep. John Walsh called the announcement of a new $650 million arena and entertainment project in downtown Detroit great news for southeast Michigan.  The project will be a public-private partnership between the Detroit Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Illitch family of companies.  The partnership between the DDA and the Illitch family was made…

Rep. Daley invites residents to June office hours

Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, is hosting office hours during the month of June to give residents of the 82nd District a chance to meet with him and discuss state or local issues. The office hours will be on June 27 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Lapeer Dupont Airport, 1232 Roods Lake Road, Lapeer….

House approves bill to improve government bidding competition

MacMaster measure expands transparency to save tax dollars  More details and in-depth formulas will be available to potential bidders reviewing options for providing services to state government agencies under legislation approved today by the House. State Rep. Greg MacMaster sponsored House Bill 4707 to ensure a better data comparison when contract decisions are considered. “This…

Kesto named to head scrap metal legislation reform study group

Measure designed to stop thieves from selling stolen items State Rep. Klint Kesto will head up a House study group to hammer out differences in legislation and create an environment that protects the community from illegal scrappers. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, will assemble all the stakeholders and work on House Bills 4593-95 during the summer. Kesto,…

House approves bill allowing AED safety drills

The Michigan House today approved legislation that requires all schools to implement a cardiac emergency response plan. State Rep. Bob Genetski said the plans will be developed locally so each school is able to decide how best to deal with a cardiac emergency. “I am excited to see this bill pass the House and it…

House approves Bumstead legislation offering flexibility for promise zone authorities

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Jon Bumstead that would offer more flexibility for how local promise zones operate. House Bill 4575 offers more local control to individual promise zone authorities by allowing them to make more decisions in terms of the operation of the individual promise zones. “Promise zone…