Frederick bill to protect special-needs children gains House approval

State Rep. Ben Frederick’s bill to offer an added layer of protection for special-needs children received unanimous approval today from the Michigan House of Representatives. The Owosso representative’s first bill approved by the House gives the parent or guardian of a special-needs child the option to place the child’s photograph and fingerprints on file with…

Speaker Leonard supports increased transparency for state government

  Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the House passed a package of bills to vastly expand the Freedom of Information Act and create new, unprecedented transparency requirements for the state Legislature:   “The people of Michigan deserve more accountability from their politicians and better access to their…

Rep. Webber hosts coffee hour in district

State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills will be hosting a coffee hour for residents of the Greater Rochester Area interested in sharing their thoughts and questions with the representative. Webber will be at the Grand Traverse Pie Company at 6920 N Rochester Road in Rochester Hills on Friday, March 24, from 9 to 10:30…

Rep. Cole reintroduces bill to hold state departments accountable

State Rep. Triston Cole delivered testimony today before the House Committee on Oversight on a bill he sponsored to limit the ability of Michigan state departments to adopt rules that are more stringent than the federal government’s regulations. House Bill 4205, nicknamed “no greater than the feds” legislation, does not prohibit departments from implementing stricter…

School schedule legislation approved by House committee

Legislation introduced by State Representative Daniela R. García, which will return school schedule decisions to local districts, was approved today by the House Education Reform Committee. Specifically, the bill grants districts greater flexibility in implementing school calendars and schedules in addition to removing both from contract negotiations. “The individual needs of students, their families and…

Rep. Reilly calls for full review of Michigan’s administrative rules

State Representative John Reilly of Oakland Township today introduced bipartisan legislation to eliminate unnecessary regulations for Michigan businesses and residents. The bill, Reilly’s first as a member of the Michigan House, would require the Legislature to eventually review all administrative rules issued by state agencies. These regulations comprise the Michigan Administrative Code, and they are…

Aircraft repair service owner joins Rep. Kahle in support of bills

State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Clinton today hosted a Hudson business owner for a hearing before the House Tax Policy Committee in Lansing. Bill White, owner of Aerospace Services And Products Inc., testified in support of Kahle’s legislation designed to help Michigan aircraft repair companies compete with out-of-state businesses. The testimony on Kahle’s bills comes…

Whiteford bill improves DNR’s communication with local officials

Allegan County resident speaks before House panel in support of legislation State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today was joined by Anthony Garofalo, former deputy supervisor of Valley Township, to testify in support of a bill Whiteford introduced to ensure the Michigan Department of Natural Resources informs local township officials and 911 Dispatch before…

Rep. Lucido introduces legislation to protect children and seniors

State Rep. Peter J. Lucido, of Shelby Township, today introduced a bill to protect seniors by ensuring senior care facilities report to a statewide database. Rep. Lucido also recently introduced a bill to require inspections of childcare organizations, which will similarly report to a statewide database. Both bills will require those who do not meet…

House approves Rep. Lucido’s electronic registration bill

Legislation by state Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township was unanimously approved by the House today, making it one step closer to law that drivers can share an electronic proof of registration during a traffic stop. “This is common sense for 2017 because technology is everywhere,” Lucido said. “A paper proof of registration is not…

Lenawee County officials testify before Rep. Kahle, committee

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle, of Clinton, hosted Dr. Michael Osborne, superintendent of Hudson Area Schools; Dan Rogers, program manager of the Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry (CSI); and CSI official/former state Rep. Nancy Jenkins during the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee today. Kahle’s guests spoke in support of legislation to…

Improved officer protections approved by House committee

Improved protection for public safety officials, employees and volunteers in a prisoner housing or transportation environment was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee today. The bill would make it punishable by up to four years of imprisonment and a $2,000 fine to throw bodily material at an officer performing their assigned duties. The…