Speaker Bolger’s statement on House Bill 4111

Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement after he reluctantly asked the House to accept a federal health exchange planning grant: “Today’s vote to accept the grant was about doing everything we can to protect Michigan taxpayers and families from a massive and unwelcome federal overreach. Today’s vote was not about political parties or ideological…

Chairman McMillin requests Wayne State officials testify before Oversight panel

Discussion will focus on eight-year contract extension State Rep. Tom McMillin has invited Wayne State University officials to testify before the House Oversight Committee in regard to an eight-year contract extension with the American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers Local 6075. “This is a very unusual contract extension, and I believe…

Rep. Pagel issues statement on passage of state-federal health exchange

Lawmaker: Yes vote protects Michigan’s interests State Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, issued the following statement after voting in favor of House Bill 4111, which establishes a state-federal health exchange in advance of enactment of the Affordable Care Act: “A health care exchange is not our choice, but by accepting federal funding to establish a…

Daley praises bill that would create veterans designation on driver’s licenses

State Rep. Kevin Daley today voted to approve legislation that will make it easier for Michigan veterans to receive the benefits and discounts they deserve. House Bill 4037 creates a special designation on Michigan driver’s licenses for Michigan veterans, which removes the hassles they previously encountered. “This is a great way to repay our veterans…

Lyons bill protects Michigan students from dangerous food allergies

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today introduced legislation to help protect Michigan children suffering from dangerous and life-threatening food allergies at school. Lyons’ legislation, House Bills 4352 and 4353, would place inexpensive epinephrine injectors in Michigan schools and train staff to use them.  Epinephrine injectors are the most effective emergency treatment for anaphylaxis.  The injectors…

Rep. Outman issues statement on vote against Obamacare

Lawmaker: Too many unanswered questions State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, issued the following statement after voting against House Bill 4111, which sets up a state-federal exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare: “There are far too many unknowns; most notably questions surrounding the funding mechanisms that the federal government is holding…

Rep. Muxlow votes to put veterans designation on licenses and IDs

State Rep. Paul Muxlow today announced that the Michigan House approved two bills that will create a special designation for veterans on driver’s licenses and state ID cards. House Bills 4037 and 4287 will eliminate some of the hassle that veterans go through when trying to prove their military service. “These bills are common-sense legislation…

Lawmakers: Democrats’ Michigan 2020 proposal can’t be taken seriously

State Reps. Jeff Farrington and Joe Haveman today raised concerns about a half-finished Democrat proposal called the Michigan 2020 plan.  The plan would take money from popular tax credits and deductions to set up a fund where Michigan taxpayers will pay for state residents’ college tuition.  An unelected and unaccountable board will make the decisions…

Rep. Rogers reluctantly moves forward on health-care exchange implementation

State Rep. Bill Rogers released the following statement after voting in favor of House Bill 4111, which establishes a state-federal health exchange in advance of enactment of the Affordable Care Act. “These exchanges are coming, there is no way around it,” said Rogers, R-Brighton. “This was a reluctant decision, but elections do have consequences and…

House approves veterans ID bills

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved House Bills 4037 and 4287, which allows veterans to receive a special designation on their driver’s license or state ID cards, state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz announced. “The legislation will open many doors for Michigan veterans,” said Kurtz, R-Coldwater, who serves on the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.  “Now…

Somerville lauds legislation designed to create Veterans designation on licenses

State Rep. Patrick Somerville today voted to approve legislation that will make it easier for Michigan veterans to receive the benefits and discounts they deserve. House Bill 4037 creates a special designation on Michigan driver’s licenses for Michigan veterans, which removes the hassles they previously encountered. “Veterans have earned certain benefits through their sacrifice and…