House approves bill helping Children’s Ombudsman

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation which would allow the Office of Children’s Ombudsman to share results from their investigations of child deaths with law enforcement. State Rep. Kenneth Kurtz, who sponsored House Bill 4050, applauded its passage. “This bill will help the Office of Children’s Ombudsman in their important work to protect…

McBroom earns Michigan FFA recognition

State Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, was honored during a recent Michigan FFA/Michigan Farm Bureau legislative reception at the capitol in downtown Lansing for his work to add vocational training options to the Michigan Merit Curriculum high school graduation requirements. Michael Dohlberg, left, and Tyler Clappaert of the Stephenson FFA Region VI Chapter in Menominee County…

House approves electronic court filing and records law

Heise bill will save taxpayer time and money The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Kurt Heise to allow courts to maintain electronic records and utilize electronic court filings.  The bill now goes to the state Senate. House Bill 4064 removes the restriction against electronic records and will allow courts to determine…

State to pay additional interest on late refunds to taxpayers under Shirkey bill

The House Tax Policy Committee today unanimously approved legislation requiring the state Department of Treasury to pay Michigan taxpayers additional interest for late tax refund payments, state Rep. Mike Shirkey announced. House Bill 4002, introduced by Shirkey, imposes an additional 3-percent interest on the late payment of refunds owed to Michigan taxpayers by the Department of…

House panel approves legislation to help reform state welfare system

The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today unanimously approved legislation by state Rep. Tim Kelly to reduce welfare abuse and fraud by requiring the state to stop issuing Bridge Cards to dead people. House Bill 4042 requires the state Department of Human Services to use the U.S. Social Security Death Index database on a…

House panel approves Kelly legislation to help keep dead people off welfare rolls

The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today unanimously approved legislation by state Rep. Tim Kelly to reduce welfare abuse and fraud by requiring the state to stop issuing Bridge Cards to dead people. House Bill 4042 requires the state Department of Human Services to use the U.S. Social Security Death Index database on a…

House panel takes comments on ‘sick leave’ bill

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, chairman of the House Commerce Committee, praised testimony given today on House Bill 4249, which would create the “Employment Leave Uniformity Act.” “Our Legislature has shown an unprecedented commitment to job creation and economic recovery, and the results these past few years speak for themselves,” Foster said. “HB 4249 is…

MacGregor bill protects residents in Michigan’s veterans homes

State Rep. Peter MacGregor is continuing his efforts to improve Michigan’s veterans homes by introducing legislation that would create an independent ombudsman to handle all veterans’ issues and complaints. MacGregor began working on this legislation last term after hearing that complaints from residents, family members and staff weren’t being adequately addressed. House Bill 4124 creates…

House approves propane safety bill

Propane consumers will be protected from price hikes as a result of increasing liability costs for propane companies due to tampering incidents under legislation approved in the Michigan House of Representatives. House Bill 4123, introduced by state Rep. Roger Victory, comes after a series of accidents in homes using propane equipment where appliances were tampered…

Heise announces March office hours

State Rep. Kurt Heise invites residents to meet with him locally during district office hours on Monday, March 11, at locations in eastern Canton, Northville, and Plymouth at the following times and locations:   ·         10 to 11 a.m., Parthenon Coney Island, 39910 Ford Road (east of I-275), Canton ·         12 to 1 p.m., Northville…

Shirkey applauds end to $34 million health care misdirection

State Rep. Mike Shirkey today welcomed the news that home-based caregivers would no longer be forced to have union dues taken from the governmental checks they were receiving to take care of loved ones at home.  The Michigan Department of Community Health announced that starting this month the union dues would no longer be required. …

Education Achievement Authority legislation introduced in Michigan House

A revamped version of legislation that would codify the Education Achievement Authority into law was introduced today by House Education Committee Chairwoman Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto). The EAA was created in 2011 to help failing schools through an interlocal agreement between Eastern Michigan University and Detroit Public Schools. Efforts to codify the system into law…