Rep. Iden: Occupational licensing reform will help move Michigan forward

State Rep. Brandt Iden, chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, Wednesday testified before the committee in support of a bipartisan bill package that would give those with criminal records a better chance in finding employment. Iden’s plan, House Bill 6110, which is the lead bill in the package, would make it more difficult for…

Rep. Crawford invites Michigan State Fair Scholarship winners to Capitol

State Rep. Kathy Crawford, of Novi, today welcomed the 2018 Michigan State Fair Scholarship winners from across the state to the Capitol. The Michigan State Fair promotes and the positive achievements in Michigan Rural and Urban Agriculture, Business and Industry. This year’s winners have accomplishments in an array of categories, such as animal/livestock, home arts,…

Rep. Howell plan offers additional protections for groundwater

State Rep. Gary Howell, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, today said his plan to improve the management of coal ash in Michigan would better protect public health and prevent groundwater contamination. Howell, of North Branch, said the changes will bring standards for the disposal of coal ash – the byproduct of burning coal…

Rep. Cole welcomes local student to the Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, this week welcomed Josh Price, winner of the Gaylord teen oratory contest and a student in the Ambassador League from the Student Statesmanship Institute, to the Capitol. Josh attended the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Judiciary Committee and House session with Rep. Cole. #####

Legislation to remove roadside cash payment passed by House

The Michigan House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 6012, which was part of a legislative package to ensure Michigan drivers will no longer be required to pay cash on the roadside if stopped for a traffic citation when driving out-of-state. Currently, when a Michigan driver is issued a…

Rep. Whiteford to sit down with local residents

State Rep. Mary Whiteford invites local residents to join her for local office hours on Monday, Oct. 15. Office hours are an opportunity for people to address the representative face-to-face with any questions or concerns about state government. “I have so much respect for the people of Allegan County, and I am humbled that they…

House approves Rep. Noble’s plan for Michigan to enter driver’s license compact

Legislation protects Michigan and out-of-state drivers The Michigan House this week approved state Rep. Jeff Noble’s plan to enter into a driver’s license compact agreement allowing states to work together to ensure bonds and citations are paid for if a driver is pulled over in another state. “This plan ensures violations will be paid while…

Rep. Hughes named co-legislator of the year by Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance

State Rep. Holly Hughes was named co-legislator of the year today by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. The alliance is a nonprofit organization that exists to be the statewide voice for non-motorized trail users, helping people build, connect and promote multi-use trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan. Hughes, who chairs the House…

Rep. LaSata’s plan to deter election fraud gains House approval

State Rep. Kim LaSata’s legislation preserving the integrity of elections in Michigan was overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the Michigan Supreme Court recently decided Michigan law does not clearly define election forgery as a crime. “Our election system cannot inspire public confidence without safeguards to deter fraud,” LaSata…

Rep. Marino: Loophole identified in Michigan election law must be fixed

Plan to deter fraud, preserve election integrity approved by House State Rep. Steve Marino’s solution to preserving the integrity of elections in Michigan was overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House. Marino, of Harrison Township, said a recent Michigan Supreme Court decision identified a hole in the state’s election law. “While a penalty for election…

Rep. Allor calls for stronger pipeline safety standards in Straits

State Rep. Sue Allor’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. Allor, of Wolverine, said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan. “While I…

Rep. Howrylak grants flexibility with ‘Raise the Age’ funding mechanism

In concert with the multi-bill ‘Raise the Age’ proposal currently under consideration in the House Law and Justice Committee, state Rep. Martin Howrylak has introduced a plan to handle funding changes that will result from possible changes in law. The ‘Raise the Age’ legislative package currently includes 20 bills from representatives on both sides of…