Rep. LaFave plan removes overregulation from Michigan’s natural resources laws

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Maintain, today announced a plan to decriminalize and repeal dozens of non-violent offenses outdoor enthusiasts might unknowingly commit. LaFave said his legislation will help ensure the punishment fits the crime when it comes to offenses laid out in Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. “Failing to put your…

Rep. Cole calls for stronger pipeline safety standards in Straits

State Rep. Triston Cole’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. Cole, of Mancelona, said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan. “I’m tired…

Whiteford’s plan would better connect people in crisis with mental health experts

Solution developed from House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force recommendation State Rep. Mary Whiteford today delivered testimony before the House Health Policy Committee regarding her plan requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to create a hotline telephone referral system connecting those in crisis to a local mental health provider. Under this plan, the experts operating…

Rep. Kahle’s bills helping aviation repair industry approved by Senate

The state Senate today approved state Rep. Bronna Kahle’s legislation to help Michigan aircraft repair companies compete with out-of-state businesses. The bills exempt parts used in aircraft repairs from Michigan’s 6-percent sales and use tax. Neighboring states already allow a similar exemption, giving facilities in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin a competitive advantage when it comes…

Rep. Cox: Answers needed on state department’s spending

Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today delayed action on a funding transfer request within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services until questions are answered about the department’s overspending. “Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers deserve and demand an efficient, effective and accountable state government,” Cox said. “My colleagues and I have serious…

House approves Rep. Runestad’s plan to end cash collection at traffic stops

Repeal of antiquated law supported by Michigan State Police The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to eliminate the requirement that nonresidents must pay in cash if stopped and cited for traffic violations in Michigan. “An antiquated law was burdening law enforcement with taking cash at traffic stops but only…

State representatives call for impeachment of Judge Brennan

Reps. Theis, Vaupel, Runestad take first step in process State Reps. Lana Theis, Hank Vaupel and Jim Runestad today introduced a House resolution calling for the impeachment of Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan. If the resolution is approved by the House, an impeachment trial would occur in the Senate. If convicted, Brennan would…

Rep. Chatfield: Stronger pipeline safety standards needed in Straits

State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. Rep. Chatfield, of Levering, said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan. “While…

Rep. Webber’s plan to establish online voter registration gains House approval

State Rep. Michael Webber’s plan to modernize Michigan’s voter registration system by giving qualified voters the option to register online was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House. Webber, of Rochester Hills, said the legislation makes it more convenient for Michigan residents to register to vote while maintaining the integrity and security of Michigan’s elections….

Rep. Calley’s plan to establish online voter registration gains House approval

State Rep. Julie Calley’s legislation modernizing Michigan’s voter registration system by giving qualified voters the option to register online was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House. “In this day and age, there’s no reason registering to vote shouldn’t be just as easy as hopping online to shop or pay bills,” said Calley, of Portland….

Rep. Lilly invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Jim Lilly invites local residents to join his for local office hours on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Office hours are an opportunity for people to address the representative face-to-face with any questions or concerns about state government. “I never take for granted the opportunity to speak directly with the people I represent,” said Lilly,…