Nesbitt: CO2 oil recovery bill a win-win-win for Michigan

Environment, consumers, commerce benefit from legislation State Rep. Aric Nesbitt said today’s House approval of a four-bill legislative package will encourage more development of Michigan energy, while cutting down the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. The Senate approved the package earlier this week and sent it back to the House with changes….

State Rep. Paul Muxlow speaking on House Bill 4593

State Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, speaks to colleagues on the House floor on Thursday, March 20, urging them to vote for legislation to reform the scrap metal industry in Michigan. The House approved House Bill 4593, now Public Act 99 of 2014, which ends cash sales of air conditioner components, catalytic converters and copper…

Rep. Walsh supports scrap metal reform bill deterring theft

Yesterday the Michigan House, with the support of State Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, approved a scrap metal reform bill making scrap metal buyers and sellers more accountable. “This reform is important because it targets three items favored by metal thieves: air conditioners, catalytic converters and copper wire,” Walsh said. “It creates a paper trail so…

Kesto: Scrap metal reform bill will deter rampant theft

Lawmaker led work group that crafted compromise The Michigan House today approved a scrap metal reform bill that state Rep. Klint Kesto said will make sellers and buyers accountable and should put a huge dent in theft. The House voted 98-12 to approve the compromise measure, which was hammered out in a work group headed…

Rep. Lauwers sponsors resolution honoring 10th annual Ag Day

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, at left, today participated in the 10th annual Ag Day at the state Capitol in Lansing.  Lauwers sponsored a resolution honoring the traditional event.  Joining Lauwers with the resolution are, from left, Dave Armstrong of Greenstone Farm Credit Services and Yale resident Jay Ferguson of the Michigan Soybean Association. Lauwers, member…

House approves meaningful scrap metal reform bill

Rep. Muxlow: No more ‘green money’ sales The Michigan House today approved scrap metal reform that its sponsor, state Rep. Paul Muxlow, said will bring an end to rampant and unregulated cash sales of commonly stolen items. The House voted 98-12 late this afternoon to approve House Bill 4593. Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, said the…

Rep. Johnson brings House Speakers together

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, center, had the honor of introducing Josiah Bear, a sophomore at Clare High School, to Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger this week during the MSU 4-H Capitol Experience program. Bear was elected by his peers as Speaker of the House for this year’s 4-H conference in Lansing, an annual program…

House panel OKs Kesto bill giving skilled parolees second chance

Bills link reformed convicts to job creators The House Commerce Committee today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto that will help reduce the high unemployment rate among Michigan prison parolees by issuing certificates of employability to highly skilled ex-convicts. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, is author of House Bill 5216, which allows the Department of…

Michigan House continues push for more transparency in state government

LANSING – In a continuing effort toward greater transparency, House Speaker Jase Bolger today announced that Michigan residents will now be able to stay more informed about how legislation changes throughout the committee process. As the state celebrates Sunshine Week, a national initiative to educate the public about the importance of open government, Bolger said…