Lyons bill protects Michigan students from dangerous food allergies

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today introduced legislation to help protect Michigan children suffering from dangerous and life-threatening food allergies at school. Lyons’ legislation, House Bills 4352 and 4353, would place inexpensive epinephrine injectors in Michigan schools and train staff to use them.  Epinephrine injectors are the most effective emergency treatment for anaphylaxis.  The injectors…

Rep. Outman issues statement on vote against Obamacare

Lawmaker: Too many unanswered questions State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, issued the following statement after voting against House Bill 4111, which sets up a state-federal exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare: “There are far too many unknowns; most notably questions surrounding the funding mechanisms that the federal government is holding…

Rep. Muxlow votes to put veterans designation on licenses and IDs

State Rep. Paul Muxlow today announced that the Michigan House approved two bills that will create a special designation for veterans on driver’s licenses and state ID cards. House Bills 4037 and 4287 will eliminate some of the hassle that veterans go through when trying to prove their military service. “These bills are common-sense legislation…

Lawmakers: Democrats’ Michigan 2020 proposal can’t be taken seriously

State Reps. Jeff Farrington and Joe Haveman today raised concerns about a half-finished Democrat proposal called the Michigan 2020 plan.  The plan would take money from popular tax credits and deductions to set up a fund where Michigan taxpayers will pay for state residents’ college tuition.  An unelected and unaccountable board will make the decisions…

Rep. Rogers reluctantly moves forward on health-care exchange implementation

State Rep. Bill Rogers released the following statement after voting in favor of House Bill 4111, which establishes a state-federal health exchange in advance of enactment of the Affordable Care Act. “These exchanges are coming, there is no way around it,” said Rogers, R-Brighton. “This was a reluctant decision, but elections do have consequences and…

House approves veterans ID bills

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved House Bills 4037 and 4287, which allows veterans to receive a special designation on their driver’s license or state ID cards, state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz announced. “The legislation will open many doors for Michigan veterans,” said Kurtz, R-Coldwater, who serves on the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.  “Now…

Somerville lauds legislation designed to create Veterans designation on licenses

State Rep. Patrick Somerville today voted to approve legislation that will make it easier for Michigan veterans to receive the benefits and discounts they deserve. House Bill 4037 creates a special designation on Michigan driver’s licenses for Michigan veterans, which removes the hassles they previously encountered. “Veterans have earned certain benefits through their sacrifice and…

VerHeulen reluctantly moving forward on health care exchange implementation

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today voted with other members of the House Appropriations Committee to appropriate a grant from the federal government that will fund the technology to start up a federal government-mandated health care exchange in Michigan. VerHeulen, a freshman member of the Legislature, says this choice was made after a lengthy cost-benefit analysis…

Forlini: It’s better to be in driver’s seat on health care exchange

Lawmaker comments on budget committee’s action   State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, chair of the House Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement regarding the House Appropriation Committee’s approval of a health care exchange partnership with the federal government: “Two weeks ago I roughed up the presenters of the state…

House declares cancer awareness month

March 2013 is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Michigan after state lawmakers this week approved House Resolution 35, sponsored by Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey. “The governor has said that to build a stronger Michigan, we must build a healthier Michigan and battling cancer is a top concern for everybody,” Foster said. “The…

Pagel schedules in-district office hours

No appointment needed to meet with lawmaker State Rep. Dave Pagel will meet with residents of the 78th House District during office hours on Saturday, March 2 in Berrien Springs. Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, will sponsor office hours at Hopper’s Family Restaurant, 9675 U.S. Highway 31 in Berrien Springs from 10 a.m. to noon. People with…