MSU inquiry is finalized

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after House committee on Law and Justice and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education finished their inquiry and reported back on their findings and recommendations:   “I want to thank these committees for everything they’ve done to find out what happened at…

House lawmakers announce outcome of MSU inquiry

MSU’s handling of Nassar complaints questioned by Reps. Kesto, LaSata State Reps. Kim LaSata and Klint Kesto today announced the findings and recommendations from their bipartisan inquiry into Michigan State University’s response to complaints filed against former physician and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar. Their assessment was submitted in a six-page letter to House Speaker…

No-fault reform needed more than ever after rate increase

I was shocked, as I am sure you were, to see the car insurance fees families pay to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) are again being raised in July. This is outrageous. It is yet another example of special interests driving the increase in the personal injury protection (PIP) aspect of no-fault auto…

Rep. Iden’s proposal cracks down on ransomware use

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden prohibiting the possession of computer ransomware with intent to use was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to a computer or freeze essential files until a “ransom” payment is made to restore access. “This type of technology…

Rep. Griffin bill aiming to increase broadband expansion efforts signed into law

Legislator: Less government red tape will allow for faster process Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin streamlining requirements needed for broadband expansion work in county rights-of-way has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. County road commissions have jurisdiction over rights-of-way and require permits, inspections and project reviews due to the close proximity…

Rep. Marino reads to local classrooms

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Steve Marino reads to a group of students at Graham Elementary School. State Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township completed his March is Reading Month tour reading to over 1,100 elementary students while visiting dozens of local classrooms. “I appreciate the opportunity to share the importance of reading with students of…

Rep. Hernandez presents state tribute

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Shane Hernandez presents a state tribute to Sandusky High School teacher George Lasecki.   State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron last Monday recognized Sandusky High School teacher George Lasecki for receiving the American Legion Teacher of the Year award. Mr. Lasecki was one of five teachers in the state to…

Hoitenga plan to make pepper spray more accessible signed into law

Pepper spray will be more readily available for Michigan residents to carry for self-defense now that a reform introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga was recently signed into law. Hoitenga said Michigan’s previous self-defense spray regulations were too restrictive. “Most pepper spray products on the market could not be purchased or carried legally in Michigan,”…

Rep. Runestad to host consumer education event on April 16

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake is partnering with the Michigan attorney general’s office to host a consumer education event on Monday, April 16. This month’s presentation will feature information on how to avoid identity theft and what should be done in the event of a stolen identity. “This is a great opportunity to…

Rep. Tedder wraps up March is Reading Month tour

State Rep. Jim Tedder wrapped up his annual March is Reading Month tour by reading to over 400 students in Clarkston and Independence Township. “Reading is a skill that is imperative in ensuring the success of our children,” Rep. Tedder said. “One of the most influential things we can do for our children is read…

Rep. Webber concludes March is Reading Month tour

State Rep. Michael Webber wrapped up his annual March is Reading Month tour by reading to over 300 students at four elementary schools in Rochester and Rochester Hills. March is Reading Month is an educational event designed to recognize the importance of reading in children’s future success. To celebrate, Rep. Webber visited classrooms at McGregor,…

Rep. Reilly proposal to get professionals in state classrooms

Oakland County teacher shortage in CTE courses inspires new plan State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland Township, recently introduced two bills as part of a plan to give local school districts the ability to get experienced professionals into its classrooms. The legislation is in response to Oakland County school districts facing a shortage of career…