Rep. Hauck testifies about bill to end driver responsibility fees

Legislator says fees unfairly target low-, middle-income families   State Rep. Roger Hauck today testified before the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee on his bill, part of a sweeping bipartisan package to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgive unpaid fees by October 2018. Hauck, of Union Township, said driver responsibility fees were imposed on people beginning…

Rep. Lower’s Sandhill crane hunting resolution advances

The House Natural Resources Committee today advanced state Rep. Jim Lower’s resolution encouraging the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to add Sandhill cranes to the game species list and seek approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to establish a hunting season in Michigan. Michigan is home to an increasing population of Sandhill cranes, with…

Rep. Hughes invites residents to her upcoming office hours

State Rep. Holly Hughes announces her upcoming office hours for the months of October and November. “Meeting with residents is a top priority of mine,” Hughes said. “As a legislator it’s important to be available and accessible to the community I represent.” Rep. Hughes will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, Oct….

Rep. Runestad recognizes local scholarship semifinalists

Rep. Jim Runestad today congratulated two local National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, Jack Lewis from Milford High School and Matthew Person from Lakeland High School. “I’m honored to represent such talented and dedicated young individuals in my district,” Rep. Runestad said. “Jack and Matthew should be very proud of this impressive achievement. They definitely have bright…

Whiteford gas leak cleanup bill heads to governor’s desk

Legislation ensures funds intended for cleanups are used appropriately Rep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation ensuring the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan has been approved by the Senate. Whiteford’s bill ensures the one-cent fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum sold or imported in Michigan is used for…

Rep. LaSata celebrates first bill signing

Photo Information: State Rep. Kim LaSata with Governor Rick Snyder after the signing of her first bill, House Bill 4336, which deals with closing a property tax loophole for out of state homeowners. ###  

Rep. Kesto bill to maintain safe road standards approved by Senate committee

Legislation by state Rep. Klint Kesto was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee, continuing the state’s benchmark for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at 0.08. “Our roads have become safer over the past 14 years, since we shifted from the 0.10 requirement,” said Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee. “If we allow…

Rep. Albert introduces bill to help college students plan finances, track debt

Legislation introduced today by state Rep. Thomas Albert would provide college students with more information about the implications of their student loans, which evidence shows leads to better financial planning. Albert’s bill would require colleges and universities to inform each student with a federal student loan about certain details each year. The report would tell…

Child mutilation ban bills become effective this week

State Rep. Bronna Kahle’s legislation that gives survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) the opportunity to seek criminal prosecution up to 10 years after the offense or the victim’s 21st birthday, whichever is later, became a state law on Monday. The bill is part of a bipartisan legislative package addressing FGM, which is any procedure…

Rep. Cole joined by Ag Committee chair for local farm tour

Farmers discuss concerns about proposed bicycle path State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona recently welcomed state Rep. Tom Barrett, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, to northern Michigan for a tour of local farms. The representatives toured farms along M-31 between Acme and Elk Rapids, where farmers have expressed apprehension about a proposed bicycle trail….

Rep. Kesto: FGM package officially protects children

State Rep. Klint Kesto’s key legislation in a bipartisan package outlawing female genital mutilation (FGM) became effective Monday. Kesto’s bill specifically revokes a medical professional’s state license if convicted of performing a FGM, which is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. The eight-bill package also prohibits the procedure, sets…

Rep. Farrington bill banning mutilation becomes law

State Rep. Diana Farrington’s legislation criminalizing the transportation of another person for the purpose of a female genital mutilation (FGM) became state law Monday, 90 days after being signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The bill is part of bipartisan legislation addressing FGM, which is any procedure intended to remove or damage external genitalia. It is…