Governor signs Leonard bill to increase safety of vulnerable residents

Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Tom Leonard that gives a judge consecutive sentencing powers against those who embezzle from multiple vulnerable adults or commit multiple crimes against the same vulnerable adult. Under Michigan law a vulnerable adult is someone who is elderly or mentally handicapped. Public Act 34…

Graves announces state grant to fund Fenton downtown project

Project expected to create 75 jobs State Rep. Joe Graves today announced a Fenton redevelopment project has been awarded a state incentives grant to demolish an obsolete building and construct a new $5.2 million multiple-use building. The $880,000 Michigan Community Revitalization Program incentive, awarded through the Michigan Strategic Fund, will be used to demolish the…

House approves Nesbitt bill to reform tax audit process on small business

Measure now heads to Senate The Michigan House today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt that provides clarity and transparency to small-business owners who maintain proper records and file their tax returns on time. The measure passed unanimously on a 109-0 vote The legislation, House Bill 4289, promises to make Michigan’s business…

Johnson supports bill to create student safety hotline

OK-2-SAY program will help stop violence, save lives State Rep. Joel Johnson today said he strongly supports a new student safety hotline initiative to help prevent violence and tragedy before it occurs by encouraging confidential tip-sharing among students, parents, school employees and law enforcement officials. The OK-2-SAY legislative package was introduced at a news conference…

Rep. Heise says indigent defense bill will ensure equal justice

State Rep. Kurt Heise, chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee, heard testimony today on legislation that would ensure all Michigan citizens have access to competent and independent legal counsel in criminal cases. House Bill 4529 would establish the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) to ensure that indigent criminal defense services meet constitutional requirements. The…

Michigan House approves Poleski measure to name Jackson bridge after police officer

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation to designate the new bridge on West Avenue in Jackson County as the “Officer James Bonneau Memorial Bridge” in honor of the Jackson police officer killed in the line of duty. House Bill 4089, introduced by state Rep. Earl Poleski, designates the bridge between Ganson Street and Wildwood…

Senate panel approves Shirkey bill requiring state to pay additional interest on late tax refunds

The Senate Finance Committee this afternoon approved legislation requiring state government to pay Michigan taxpayers additional interest for late tax refund payments, state Rep. Mike Shirkey announced. House Bill 4002, introduced by Shirkey, imposes an additional 3-percent interest on the late payment of refunds owed to Michigan taxpayers. “Michigan government needs to be continually improving…

Rep. Shirkey FOIA measure gets committee hearing

The House Oversight Committee today reviewed legislation introduced by state Rep. Mike Shirkey that will make state government more accountable and accessible to Michigan residents by keeping costs of a Freedom of Information Act request transparent and reasonable. House Bill 4001 prohibits government entities from charging more than 10 cents per page for documents requested…

Lauwers helps sponsor resolution calling for investigation into IRS practices

State Rep. Dan Lauwers wants Congress to investigate actions taken by the Internal Revenue Service and its agents that targeted and scrutinized specific organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Lauwers is helping sponsor House Resolution 149, which calls on Congress to further investigate the IRS scandal. “It’s outrageous and un-American that the IRS would specifically target any…

Heise bills seek to protect taxpayers, local control

State Rep. Kurt Heise today testified before the House Transportation Committee on two bills he is sponsoring which would protect taxpayers and promote local control over major regional projects. House Bill 4015 would allow certain townships to create their own “road alliance” while House Bill 4637 would give local communities the power to either opt…

Rep. Daley and Sen. Pavlov invite residents to May office hours

Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, will sponsor May office hours with state Sen. Phil Pavlov. The office hours will be on May 24 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the High Street Eatery located at 70 E High St. Metamora, 48455. “Listening to the opinions and perspectives of constituents is the best way to understand and…