Professor to Glenn, panel: Energy Freedom plan is a first step toward lower rates

Separating distributor and generator should be goal   A Hillsdale College professor this week said the bipartisan five-bill Energy Freedom plan is a good start to lowering electric rates in Michigan, and suggested that the House Energy Policy Committee work to separate the entities that generate electricity and distribute it to ratepayers. Dr. Gary Wolfram,…

House approves Rep. Bizon’s plan to ensure safety of bicyclists on Michigan roads

Drivers must give a three-foot clearance when passing a bicyclist The Michigan House this week approved state Rep. Dr. John Bizon’s legislation to require motorists to maintain at least a three-foot distance to increase safety when passing a bicyclist. “This plan requires motorists to maintain a safe distance while passing a bicyclist ensuring the safety…

Committee approves Rep. Brann’s plan to honor fallen servicemen

Portions of highway U.S. 131 to be renamed in the city of Wyoming The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Tommy Brann to honor Army Spc. Eric T. Burri, Marine Cpl. Ross A. Smith and Army Pfc. Nicholas H. Blodgett by renaming portions of U.S. 131 in the…

Kahle: Senate panel approves bill to attract skilled trade teachers

Legislation will expand career instruction in K-12 classrooms The Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee today approved state Rep. Bronna Kahle’s plan to expand professional trade instruction and provide career-oriented development in Michigan high schools. “We all know of the incredible impact that good teachers can have on their students and we need to…

Rep. Allor calls on federal government to release PFAS study

State Rep. Sue Allor this week called on the federal government to release critical information regarding chemical contamination in drinking water and provide additional support to affected communities. Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – known collectively as PFAS – are an emerging type of chemical contaminant identified in groundwater in a number of Michigan communities over…

Senate committee approves Rep. LaSata plan to protect sexual assault victims

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved state Rep. Kim LaSata’s bill expanding the 24-hour OK2SAY hotline to include reporting on sexual abuse, assault and rape. “The recent Larry Nassar scandal, along with the testimony from his survivors, illustrated that Michigan must open up the avenues of communication to victims of sexual offenses,” said…

Hornberger plan approved by Senate panel, allows removal of elected trustees for illegal acts

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to make elected state education and university board trustees accountable, approving state Rep. Pamela Hornberger’s plan to allow the removal of the elected officials with cause. Under the state constitution, the governor can remove elected board members for gross negligence, corrupt conduct and other illegal behavior related to…

Senate panel supports Rendon plan expanding skilled trades

Legislation to provide more career instruction to K-12 students The Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee today approved state Rep. Daire Rendon’s landmark plan to create age-appropriate skilled trades learning programs in each grade level of Michigan’s school districts. House Bill 5139 tasks the state Department of Education to develop a K-12 framework for…

Committee approves Rep. Runestad’s plan to better protect senior citizens from abuse

Measure gives law enforcement the resources to help vulnerable adults The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to better protect senior citizens from abuse by giving law enforcement the resources to make accurate observations about incidents. “This plan protects senior citizens who are subjected to any…

Rep. Hernandez to host local coffee hours

State Rep. Shane Hernandez will host district office hours on Friday, June 22 to meet with local residents of Sanilac and St. Clair counties. “This is a great opportunity for me to directly hear your thoughts and questions about state government,” Rep. Hernandez said. “It is important for me to be accessible and accountable to…

Senate panel approves Whiteford plan setting standards for invasive medical treatments

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today announced the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved her plan to set specific standards for invasive medical procedures while requiring medical records for such exams be retained longer. “There are no guidelines in the state of Michigan for these changes, but the Larry Nassar scandal showed us all that standards must…