House approves dredging legislation to help maitain Michigan waterways

The Michigan House today approved legislation to make it less expensive for local communities to dredge Great Lakes and inland waterways, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. “Lake Huron and the St. Clair River are engines for commerce and a tremendous natural resource for recreational boaters, and we need to make it easier to properly maintain…

House approves dredging legislation to maintain Michigan’s waterways

State Rep. Amanda Price today announced the passage of several bills that will improve the process of dredging harbors in the Great Lakes and inland waterways that are in need of maintenance. “Our waterways are one of Michigan’s most precious natural resources, and they have great impact on our economy and tourism,” said Price, R-Park…

House approves Zorn bill creating Ducks Unlimited Fund

The Michigan House today unanimously approved a bill authored by Rep. Dale Zorn to help fund wetland habitat conservation in Michigan through the creation of a specialty license plate. Zorn’s House Bill 4337 creates the Ducks Unlimited Fund, which will be used to conserve, protect, enhance, restore, manage and acquire wetlands and associated uplands in…

Haveman statement regarding an emergency manager for Detroit

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Haveman, R-Holland, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Snyder’s decision to appoint an emergency manager for Detroit: I am proud of Gov. Snyder for doing the right thing and making the tough, necessary decision, even though it will not be an easy road for him to travel going forward. This…

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

The Michigan House this afternoon overwhelmingly approved legislation by state Rep. Tim Kelly to reduce welfare fraud by making it easier for the state to stop dead people and convicted felons from getting Bridge Cards. House Bill 4042 requires the state Department of Human Services to use the U.S. Social Security Death Index database to…

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

The Michigan House this afternoon overwhelmingly approved legislation by state Rep. Tim Kelly to reduce welfare fraud by making it easier for the state to stop dead people and convicted felons from getting Bridge Cards. House Bill 4042 requires the state Department of Human Services to use the U.S. Social Security Death Index database to…

House bills increase curriculum flexibility

A two-bill legislative package unveiled today would modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum so high school students have the flexibility to explore career and vocational training education options. Reps. Ed McBroom, Joel Johnson, Aric Nesbitt, Peter Pettalia and Dale Zorn today hosted a news conference at the Jackson Academy for Manufacturing Careers/Jackson Area Career Center to…

House bills increase curriculum flexibility

A two-bill legislative package unveiled today would modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum so high school students have the flexibility to explore career and vocational training education options. Reps. Ed McBroom, Joel Johnson, Aric Nesbitt, Peter Pettalia and Dale Zorn today hosted a news conference at the Jackson Academy for Manufacturing Careers/Jackson Area Career Center to…

House committee approves Graves legislation giving local townships more control

The House Tax Policy Committee today approved legislation that would give local townships the authority to decide how to best to pay for police and fire protection. House Bill 4147, sponsored by state Rep. Joseph Graves gives township boards flexibility to choose how they would pay for local police and fire services. Under the legislation,…

House approves Jacobsen bill moving election canvassing to county level

The Michigan House today approved legislation which will save local communities money on administering elections. House Bill 4171, sponsored by state Rep. Brad Jacobsen, is part of an effort to modernize the election process by transferring the duties of local canvassing boards to the county level. “We are always looking for ways to help local…

House bills increase curriculum flexibility

A two-bill legislative package unveiled today would modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum so high school students have the flexibility to explore career and vocational training education options.Reps. Ed McBroom, Joel Johnson, Aric Nesbitt, Peter Pettalia and Dale Zorn today hosted a news conference at the Jackson Academy for Manufacturing Careers/Jackson Area Career Center to make…

House passes Pagel bill to streamline local government

Measure to consolidate canvassing boards heads to Senate The House of Representatives today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Dave Pagel that helps save taxpayer dollars in administering village elections. The measure passed on a unanimous bipartisan vote. House Bill 4169 is part of a package of bills that modernizes the election process by…