House approves responsible budget that helps protect Michigan’s natural resources

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved the budget for fiscal year 2014.  House Bill 4328, one of the budget bills, includes a one-time funding increase for a training school for new conservation officers and funding for 35 additional conservation officers.  State Rep. Jon Bumstead, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, believes…

Chairman Haveman’s statement on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Haveman, R-Holland, issued the following statement following the passage of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget in the House: “This budget continues our move toward smarter, more efficient government in Michigan. We worked hard to find a way to strengthen funding for key areas like schools, early childhood education, public safety,…

Speaker Bolger’s statement on final passage of state budget in House today

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement regarding final passage of the state budget in the House today: “We believe getting the budget done early should now be the new normal. We could not have achieved this self-imposed deadline without the support and cooperation of our colleagues in the Senate. The…

Rep. Leonard announces June office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard will host office hours in June in St. Johns and Ithaca. St. Johns: Friday, June, 14 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. Ithaca: Friday, June, 21 at the Mayor’s Office Coffee Shop, 142 E. Center St. from 9 to 11 a.m. No appointment is…

Senate approves Pagel bill that modernizes village election process

Bill transfers some election responsibilities to county officials             The Michigan Senate today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Dave Pagel that transfers duties in administering village elections.             House Bill 4169 is part of a package of three bills that streamlines the election process by transferring the obligations…

Zorn introduces legislation to deter bullying

State Rep. Dale Zorn this month introduced a bill that would make the crime of bullying a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment or fine and would allow the court to seek an evaluation by a mental health professional for the convicted. House Bill 4746 would allow a person found guilty of bullying or cyber bullying to…

Jacobsen announces grant award to help local business expand, create more jobs

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen today announced Kay Automotive Group has been awarded a performance-based grant to help them with a planned $12.9 million expansion. The Kay Automotive Group grant is a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant, awarded through the Michigan Strategic Fund that will be used to help build a new facility in Orion…

Remember those who sacrificed for our freedoms on Memorial Day

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today urged Michiganders to take time to honor fallen American heroes this weekend during the Memorial Day holiday. While the traditional Memorial Day activities will take place throughout the state – family gatherings, picnics and festivals – Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said people should offer solemn reflection on the sacrifices made by those…

State marks May 25 for Hispanic seniors

Saturday, May 25, has been set as Hispanic Senior Citizens Day in Michigan through a measure sponsored by state Rep. Bruce Rendon and approved by the state House today. Rendon introduced House Resolution 158 to recognize the diverse and vibrant Hispanic senior citizen population which contributes in a great number of ways to Michigan’s culture,…

Schmidt sponsors legislation to enhance intersection safety

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today introduced legislation that would give local communities the option to install red-light safety cameras in their municipalities. “Local governments should be given control over whether they want to use this kind of technology in their communities,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City and chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  “This…

Graves legislation protects personal injury victims from predatory solicitation

Lawmaker: People are entitled to recovery period A bipartisan package of three bills was introduced today protecting victims recovering from personal injury accidents from overaggressive solicitation by lawyers, medical clinics and victim advocacy groups. House Bills 4770-4772 provide a 30-day waiting period for accident victims before their police accident reports are made public and before…

Technology updates planned for Capitol; carpeting to be replaced after more than two decades of heavy use

Contacts: Ari Adler, aadler@house.mi.gov, 517-373-1386 Amber McCann, amccann@senate.mi.gov, 517-373-0605   LANSING – The state Capitol will receive numerous technology updates and the carpet in the House and Senate, as well as the fourth floor, will be replaced starting this summer. New carpeting is necessary because the aging and fraying carpeting is well past its expected lifespan and has started to…