LaFontaine applauds legislative passage of dredging loan program

State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine today lauded House and Senate passage of legislation that will create an emergency loan program for local marinas to borrow funds for dredging their harbors. Senate Bill 252 allows the state to partner with private financial institutions to help make loans available to privately owned marinas that have been impacted by…

Kesto bill aims to extend protection for families, children

Measure expands sex assault reporting requirements State Rep. Klint Kesto today introduced legislation that will help protect adults and children from sexual predators by expanding the mandatory reporting requirements. House Bill 4493 amends current law to include school employees and some clergy in the list of people who are required by law to report instances…

House, Senate approve dredging legislation to maintain Michigan’s waterways

State Rep. Amanda Price today announced legislative passage of several bills that will improve the process of dredging harbors in the Great Lakes and inland waterways that are in need of maintenance. “We need to clear the way for our local communities to ensure harbors are maintained in time for tourism season,” said Price, R-Park…

Rockford Rams water polo champs recognized by state Legislature

State Reps. Peter MacGregor and Rob VerHeulen were joined today in Lansing by the state champion Rockford Rams High School boys’ water polo team. The team compiled an impressive 50-0 record this season on the way to their ninth state title in 13 years. “These young men have accomplished a remarkable feat and should be…

Haines prior authorization bills approved by the House

Legislation authored by state Rep. Gail Haines to create a standard prior authorization prescription form for health care providers was approved by lawmakers in the state House today. House Bills 4274 and 4275 would require the creation of a universal form to prescribe medications when a patient’s health plan requires preauthorization. “The current process for…

Forlini calls on feds to restore military tuition assistance

Lawmaker: Service members deserve chance to succeed The Michigan House today approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Anthony Forlini calling on the Department of Defense to restore the Military Tuition Assistance Plan for members of the armed forces. The program was cut by the federal sequester. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, introduced House Resolution 75, which…

O’Brien: Give every Michigan child the chance to succeed

State Rep. Margaret O’Brien today voted with a majority of her colleagues in the state House to approve Education Achievement Authority legislation, putting specific parameters and oversight on the statewide school reform district created in 2009 under Race to the Top. After serving on the House Education Committee last term when similar legislation was debated,…

Pscholka dredging legislation receives final House approval

A bill to help Michigan communities make emergency dredging a reality this year received final approval in the Michigan House of Representatives and now makes its way to Gov. Snyder’s desk. State Rep. Al Pscholka authored the legislation, House Bill 4399, which helps clean up the process needed for emergency dredging. “Approval of this legislation…

Muxlow votes to keep BAC limit at 0.08

The state House on Wednesday voted unanimously to prevent a scheduled raise in the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level for Michigan drivers. State Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, voted in support of House Bill 4093, which will keep the BAC at 0.08 instead of the automatic increase to 0.10 set to go into effect…

Building a Healthy Michigan: Jobs

By Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall While in many places there is much talk about jobs, taxes and the economy, in Michigan we’re seeing great action. House Republicans worked with Gov. Snyder and our state Senate to simplify Michigan’s tax code. We put an end to special deals for a privileged few in…