LaFontaine calls upon Congress to help stop Asian carp threat

State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, today introduced two resolutions urging congressional lawmakers to take immediate steps to help stop the Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. Earlier this week, LaFontaine hosted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a joint committee meeting to discuss the growing threat. “We…

Reducing auto insurance rates for Michigan families

Michigan families struggle to pay auto insurance premiums Auto insurance costs are significantly higher than other states because of inflexible mandates and the resulting expenses. Legislative inaction to address skyrocketing costs and an inefficient claims process must be remedied to help all residents of Michigan. House Republicans have focused on identifying the cost drivers that have…

Bipartisan package strikes the ‘R-word’ from Michigan laws

An eight-bill legislative package introduced today would remove the words “mentally retarded” and “mental retardation” from all Michigan laws and replaces them with people-first language that is more respectful and inclusive. House Bills 5345 – 5352 put Michigan in line with all but six other states that have removed the word from their law books….

Bipartisan package strikes the ‘R-word’ from Michigan laws

State joins others in showing respect, inclusion An eight-bill legislative package introduced today would remove the words “mentally retarded” and “mental retardation” from all Michigan laws and replaces them with people-first language that is more respectful and inclusive. House Bills 5345 – 5352 put Michigan in line with all but six other states that have…

Nesbitt: Bill package protects privacy of firearms owners

A legislative package that protects the privacy of firearms owners received testimony from legislators in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee today. The six-bill package exempts firearms records from Freedom of Information Act requests, protecting gun owners from disclosure of their records. State Rep. Aric Nesbitt, author of House Bill 4155, said making such information available…

Rep. Lauwers promotes the importance of reading by reading in local schools next month

State Rep. Dan Lauwers is reading to elementary-school students to honor March is Reading Month and encourages local elementary-school teachers to contact his office to schedule a day for him to visit their classrooms. “Visiting classrooms and reading to students has become a fun tradition and I look forward to meeting young people and sharing…

Gov. Snyder signs Bumstead bill that will help educate people about sound wildlife management practices in Michigan

Pictured from left: DNR Director Keith Creagh, MUCC Resource Policy Manager Amy Trotter, former Safari Club International (SCI) Michigan Chapter President and Life Member Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, legislative assistant Adam Wright, Gov. Rick Snyder, former SCI President Merle Shepard, legislative assistant Kaylee Mead, DNR Natural Resources Deputy Director and former SCI Executive Director Dr….

Rep. Kelly invites Saginaw priest to give invocation on House floor

State Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw Township invited Fr. Steven Gavit of St. Stephen Parish in Saginaw to give the invocation today at the Michigan House rostrum during session at the Capitol in Lansing.  House lawmakers start each session with a prayer, and lawmakers take turns inviting local clergy men and women to give the…

Price welcomes breast cancer survivor to Capitol

State Rep. Amanda Price joins Gov. Rick Snyder and Marcia Lievense during the signing of Public Act 207 of 2013, which helps raise money for breast and cervical cancer screening for low-income women through the sale of Pink Ribbon license plates. Lievense is a two-time breast cancer survivor.  

Kurtz bill allowing DHS more oversight on state assistance approved by House committee

A measure approved by the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee today would allow the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) to collect money it is owed from lottery winners who have received state assistance. House Bill 4855, introduced by state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz, would give DHS the authority to collect money from an individual’s…

House passes Haines legislation on educating parents on ‘safe sleep’

The House today approved legislation that will create an improved educational process for new parents on the best sleep positioning practices for newborns, state Rep. Gail Haines announced. “This legislation provides parents with the information and tools to keep their newborn safe.  If this legislation saves one life, I will consider it a success,” said…