Steps toward protecting taxpayers by eliminating Bridge Card abuse receive Senate approval

The Michigan Senate today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Margaret O’Brien that will help eliminate Bridge Card abuse across the state by forbidding Bridge Card cash withdrawals from ATMs at liquor stores, casinos and adult entertainment venues. “This legislation will ensure that taxpayer dollars are used to support struggling Michigan families,” said O’Brien, R-Portage….

Rep. Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee regarding House Bill 5104, which would give patients better access to alternative ways of consuming medically prescribed marijuana. The idea for the bill, which would amend the definition of useable medical marijuana to include plant resin or extract, was brought to Kowall by constituents who expressed a need for alternative delivery methods.

Kowall testifies before House Judiciary panel

Rep. Eileen Kowall, R-White Lake, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee regarding House Bill 5104, which would give patients better access to alternative ways of consuming medically prescribed marijuana. The idea for the bill, which would amend the definition of useable medical marijuana to include plant resin or extract, was brought to Kowall by constituents…

Legislation Creating Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate Advances

Bipartisan legislation would help provide funding for cancer screening for low-income women LANSING— Today the Michigan State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 101, a bill introduced by Senator Glenn Anderson that would create a PINK RIBBON license plate in Michigan to raise money for breast and cervical cancer screening for low-income women. This action comes…

Senate approves Price measure to digitize court records

Lawmaker: Bill saves money in administrative costs Local governments will soon have the option to switch to digital record-keeping for court filings, thanks to legislation unanimously approved today by the Michigan Senate. State Rep. Amanda Price, who authored House Bill 4532, said that by permitting the digitization of court records, local governments can become more…

Rep. Shirkey Introduces Reform to Increase Competition in State’s Energy Market, Will Save Consumers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

‘Michigan Electric Customer Freedom Act’ Eliminates Arbitrary 10% Cap on Electric Competition, Provides Sensible Market Restraints to Accelerating Rate Increases LANSING – State Rep. Mike Shirkey today introduced legislation to create a fully competitive retail electricity market in Michigan, which would end the monopoly-style system that economists claim has cost Michigan job providers and families…

Heise: Roosen well-suited for Highland Park review team, has ability and experience

 State Rep. Kurt Heise today released the following statement on the appointment of Chris Roosen, a trustee in the Charter Township of Northville, to the state’s Highland Park financial review team:             “Chris is an excellent choice for the Highland Park financial review team, as he has both the experience and ability to make the…

Local business to relocate to Frankenmuth, expand operations with help of state grant

A leading Saginaw County manufacturing company will move to Frankenmuth and expand its operations and workforce with the help of a new state transportation grant announced today by state Rep. Tim Kelly. Kremlin Inc., a designer and manufacturer of components for various industries, will invest $2 million to build a 19,000-square-foot facility in Frankenmuth’s new…

Rep. Kowall’s Safe Harbor legislation unanimously approved by House

Lawmaker: Bills are a victim-based approach to fighting human trafficking Minors who are coerced into prostitution will be treated as victims – rather than criminals – under ‘Safe Harbor’ legislation unanimously approved today by the House, announced state Rep. Eileen Kowall. Based on recommendations from the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission, House Bill 5012 creates a…

Rep. Howrylak announces December office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites residents to attend any of his three office hours for the month of December. Howrylak’s office hours will be held at the following dates and locations. Friday, Dec. 6 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Troy Community Center (main concourse), located at 3179 Livernois Road. Saturday, Dec. 14 from…

House sets session calendar for 2014

Session kicks off January 8 The 2014 session calendar for the Michigan House of Representatives was announced today by Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas. Session for the year officially begins on Jan. 8. In 2013, the Michigan House voted on measures to get Michigan working by expanding vocational education opportunities, reforming occupational licensing regulations and…