House approves Kurtz legislation that will help funeral directors and grieving families

The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz that will reform the requirements for funeral directors to become licensed. Anyone that registers for a funeral license in Michigan must also register for a license to sell prepaid funeral services under House Bill 4574. “As a funeral director I…

Nesbitt audit reform bill provides common-sense guidance to taxpayers

Lawmaker: Auditors should stick to the facts The House Tax Policy Committee today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt that makes Michigan friendlier to small businesses already operating here and could lure more job creators to the state. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said House Bill 4289 is a simple, common-sense reform to give taxpayers…

Statement on the May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Joe Haveman, R-Holland, issued the following statement following the May Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference: “Leaders from across the political spectrum — from John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton all the way to Ronald Reagan — know smart tax cuts lead to strong growth. I am happy to see the responsible spending,…

Pettalia testifies in support of STARBASE

State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, gave testimony today before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in support of STARBASE, a U.S. Department of Defense youth program which assists fifth grade and middle school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The program is offered through the Alpena Combat…

MacMaster bill works to increase government competition, efficiency

Department services bidding transparency can save tax dollars  State government agencies that consider contracting for services will have to share all actual costs with potential bidders to provide better comparison data for decision-making under legislation recently introduced by Rep. Greg MacMaster. “The need for this transparency became glaringly apparent during the Department of Corrections’ recent…

Farrington named “Legislator of the Year” by Michigan Manufacturers Association

State Rep. Jeff Farrington has been named the “Legislator of the Year” for the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) announced. Farrington was honored for his work on issues that have helped the manufacturing industry in Michigan. “My number one goal since coming to the Legislature has been to create an environment…

Lyons announces May in-district office hours

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today announced she will sponsor office hours on Monday, May 20 in Alto. Lyons invites residents to meet with her from noon to 1 p.m. at the Alto Library located at 6071 Linfield Ave. No appointment is necessary during these office hours.  Those unable to meet Rep. Lyons during these…

Franz fights for military firefighters

Legislation introduced to waive Michigan occupational license  Military veterans who have completed firefighter training while serving in the armed forces could qualify for Michigan’s licensing certification requirements under legislation introduced today by state Rep. Ray Franz, a ranking member on the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. House Bill 4731 will allow the state fire…

Gov. Snyder signs Jenkins bill eliminating hassles for veterans

Veterans will now be able to get a special designation signifying their veteran status on their Michigan driver’s license, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today. House Bill 4037, now Public Act 27 of 2013, sponsored by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins allows veterans to show verification of military service once at the Secretary…

Goike legislation to limit unnecessary regulations approved by state House

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ken Goike that would limit state agencies from adopting burdensome regulations. House Bill 4242 would require a state agency submitting a request for rulemaking to demonstrate that the proposed rule is necessary and suitable to achieve its purpose. “As a small business owner,…