Lauwers measure keeps repeat sex offenders off the streets, improves public safety

Michigan residents would be better protected from habitual sex offenders under legislation unveiled today by Rep. Dan Lauwers that allows for tougher sentencing for perpetrators with more than one offense. Michigan courts currently are not allowed to consider a juvenile sex assault charge when sentencing an individual who has committed the same crime as an…

House adopts Howrylak resolution addressing the situation in Ukraine

State Rep. Martin Howrylak this week introduced a resolution to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and to encourage the Ukrainian government to support a democratic society where its citizens have the right to assemble and express themselves.   The resolution, HR 281, adopted by the Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday, commends U.S. Department of…

McMillin to host December office hours

State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, has announced upcoming in-district office hours for the month of December.             McMillin invites residents to meet with him to discuss state and local issues of interest on Monday, Dec. 16, from 4–5:00 p.m. at Rochester City Hall, 400 Sixth St., Rochester. No appointment is necessary to meet with…

Pscholka’s bill to eliminate unnecessary advisory council heads to governor

Bill repeals the School of Osteopathic Medicine Advisory Council   The Michigan Senate today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Al Pscholka that eliminates the state School of Osteopathic Medicine Advisory Council. House Bill 4125 was originally introduced earlier this year, and has been awaiting Senate approval, which came Wednesday. “Sometimes bills like this don’t receive…

Mental Health bill package passes Senate, moves to governor’s desk

Offenders with mental illnesses could get needed treatment without incarceration under legislation overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan Senate today that will save taxpayer dollars and give participants hope for a better future, announced state Rep. Margaret O’Brien. House Bills 4694-97 statutorily creates mental health courts throughout Michigan.  O’Brien, who authored HB 4697, said the legislation…

New deadlines on voting topics makes for an easier election process

The Michigan Senate approved a package of bills to simplify the process of submitting local ballot questions by coordinating the filing deadlines, state Rep. Dave Pagel announced. The bill package, including House Bills 4393-4397, set new filing deadlines for school boards, municipal boards, governing bodies of incorporating units and metropolitan councils. HB 4393, sponsored by…

Daley opposes campaign finance changes, believes more reform needed

State Rep. Kevin Daley today announced he voted against legislation that raises contribution limits on political campaigns.             “Campaign finance laws are meant to protect the right of citizens to have a say and an influence on political campaigns,” said Rep. Daley, R-Lum. “I don’t think these bills accomplish that. Some argue this legislation provides…

House approves measures to ensure transparency and scope of Obamacare

The Michigan House today approved much-needed transparency legislation to require Michigan health insurers to provide written notice of any premium changes attributed to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), state Rep. Mike Shirkey announced. House Bill 4816, introduced by Shirkey, requires the financial impact of Obamacare on people’s health care premiums, positive or negative, to…

Rep. Kesto hosts forum on how to start and run a business

State Rep. Klint Kesto will host a forum featuring a representative of the Michigan Small Business Association to discuss how to start and successfully run a business. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, whose family owns a small business, invites interested residents to join him at the forum on Monday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Commerce…