Regulatory Reform Committee working to repeal costly and burdensome occupational licensing

The House Committee on Regulatory Reform has begun to consider a 10-bill package to repeal some unnecessary and burdensome occupational licensing regulations in Michigan. State Rep. Hugh Crawford, chair of the committee, has spearheaded the bipartisan effort working with the Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR) over the past three years to find ways to reduce…

House bills increase curriculum flexibility

Lawmakers unveil effort for career courses in high school 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 and Peter Pettalia today hosted a news conference at the Jackson Academy…

House approves Cotter bill to help move election canvassing to county level

The House today unanimously approved a bill package that will modernize the election process by transferring the duties of local canvassing boards to the county level. “Moving election canvassing to the county level is a common-sense change,” said Rep. Kevin Cotter. “It will save money and streamline the election process. This legislation will eliminate duplication…

Bumstead votes for legislation reducing welfare fraud in Michigan

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today voted to help 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 Department of Human Services to regularly audit their records, ensuring only those truly eligible for Bridge Cards are receiving benefits. The…

Stamas appointed to House Appropriations Committee

State Rep. Jim Stamas today was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee for the remainder of the 2013-2014 legislative term. “Completing a balanced state budget in a responsible and efficient manner has been key in turning our state around and I’m ready to serve on the Appropriations Committee and help put the budget together this…

McCready votes to keep dead people and prisoners out of Bridge Card program

State Rep. Mike McCready today voted 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 Department of Human Services to regularly audit their records, ensuring only those truly eligible for Bridge Cards are receiving benefits. The legislation…

Rep. Jenkins working to end human trafficking

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins is working with the state Attorney General Bill Schuette to combat human trafficking in Michigan. Jenkins and several other state lawmakers will serve on the Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking to develop a comprehensive set of laws and policies that will help combat the growing crime threat. Law enforcement officials…

Rep. Heise helps announce formation of Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking

Commission will tackle crimes through comprehensive effort between legislators, law enforcement, and advocates  State Rep. Kurt Heise, along with state Attorney General Bill Schuette and several other state lawmakers, announced the formation of the Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking to develop a comprehensive set of laws and policies to combat this growing crime problem….

Statement on publicly funded irregular contracts

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Haveman, R-Holland, issued the following statement regarding the House committee and subcommittee hearings on irregular contract negotiations: “I’m proud of our chairs and their subcommittees for doing the right thing — doing their job — and standing up for Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers. The people of Michigan deserve an accountable government…

Price to hold in-district office hours

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Park Township on Monday, March 18 to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at the Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m. Residents are welcome to stop by as their schedules…

Month of April focused on financial learning

Students across Michigan will learn about personal, local and global finances during April through financial literacy programs, and today Rep. Frank Foster helped recognize one of the oldest with a state resolution honoring Junior Achievement. Foster’s House Resolution 60 declares April 2013 as Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Month in the state of Michigan. Junior Achievement…