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…

Have an idea for a new state law? Rep. Lauwers wants to hear from you

St. Clair County residents who have ideas on how to improve life in Michigan have a unique opportunity to submit their suggestions as part of a legislative contest sponsored by Rep. Dan Lauwers. Lauwers is inviting residents in the 81st District to send bill ideas to his office, and he will introduce the Top Five…

Zorn introduces bill to enact stronger penalties for human trafficking offenses

State Rep. Dale Zorn has introduced a bill in the state House to increase penalties for those who engage in human trafficking. “We need to be aware of the human tragedy that is taking place right in our local communities,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “We might think of this as something that happens only in third…

Rep. Callton brings local students’ imaginations to life for reading month

State Rep. Mike Callton is continuing his tradition of reading to local schools in recognition of reading month.  For his first visit this year, he added a special twist while reading to students at a school in Ionia County. Callton, R-Nashville, visited St. Peter and Paul School in Ionia on March 4.  He read the…

House committee approves Jacobsen bill moving election canvassing to county level

Local communities will save money on administering elections under a bill sponsored by Rep. Brad Jacobsen that the House Committee on Elections and Ethics approved today. House Bill 4171, sponsored by Jacobsen, is part of a package of legislation that modernizes the election process by transferring the duties of local canvassing boards to the county…