Rep. Iden: Local drivers get relief from driver responsibility fee elimination

State Rep. Brandt Iden today said the new law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan took effect this week, bringing relief to hundreds of thousands of motorists. Iden, of Oshtemo Township, voted for the plan, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full…

Rep. Bellino ends driver responsibility fees, brings relief to local drivers

State Rep. Joe Bellino’s law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan took effect this week. Bellino, of Monroe, introduced the measure, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full forgiveness of outstanding debt. “Driver responsibility fees did nothing but fill a budget hole…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Sept. 23, 2018

On Wednesday I voted in favor of a package of bills to protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline standards. The Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability action plan provides clear guidelines for safety measures and enforcement. Establishing stronger standards and holding pipeline operators and vessels accountable for their actions will ensure the safety…

Graves wants increased awareness for rare child conditions

State Rep. Joseph Graves has introduced a resolution to increase awareness for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). PANDAS describes a subset of children and adolescents who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or tic disorders, whose symptoms worsen following strep infections such as “Strep throat” and…

Column: We must create a strategy for better addiction and mental health care

I have introduced a bill to request the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to prepare a six-year comprehensive plan identifying the needs and resource requirements to provide services and support to individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities or substance use disorders. We spend billions of taxpayer dollars each year and I believe…

Rep. Chatfield: Driver responsibility fees come to an end

Representative’s plan waives fees for 305,000 motorists starting today State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan takes effect today. Chatfield, of Levering, introduced the measure, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full forgiveness of outstanding debt. “Driver responsibility…

Legislation to remove roadside cash payments passed by House

The Michigan House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 6012, which was part of a legislative package to ensure Michigan drivers will no longer be required to pay cash on the roadside if stopped for a traffic citation when driving out-of-state. Currently, when a Michigan driver is issued a…

Rep. Howrylak protects crime victims with trauma recovery plan

State Rep. Martin Howrylak this week introduced a landmark proposal that will create Trauma Recovery Centers – specifically designed to help crime victims – throughout Michigan. Often, crime victims must deal with long-term effects that can impact their ability to recover if left unaddressed. This can lead to further financial and mental health problems. “The…

Rep. Sheppard announces in-district office hours Oct. 1

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, of Temperance, welcomes residents to meet with him for local, in-district office hours. Residents can sit down with Rep. Sheppard Monday, Oct. 1, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Dena’s Family Restaurant, 15391 S. Dixie Hwy in Monroe. “Hearing from residents during monthly office hours allows me to accurately represent the voices of…

Rep. Hughes named co-legislator of the year by Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance

State Rep. Holly Hughes was named co-legislator of the year today by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. The alliance is a nonprofit organization that exists to be the statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, helping people build, connect and promote multi-use trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan. Hughes, who chairs the House…