Noble and Geake on the House floor

Rep. Noble welcomes former Rep. Robert Geake to House floor

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth (right) introduced former state Representative and state Senator Robert Geake to the Michigan House of Representatives this week. Geake served Northville in the Michigan legislature from 1973 to 1998. After leaving the Legislature, Geake served as the state children’s ombudsman and the state racing commissioner. #####

Bellino: Southeast Michigan priorities reflected in House budget

On Tuesday, state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe supported the House budget legislation that includes record funding for K-12 education and reduces the size of the general state budget by 2.2 percent. “Just like families across Michigan, we are tightening our belt by cutting inefficient programs and eliminating waste in state government,” Rep. Bellino said….

Rep. Reilly proposes abortion reporting law upgrades

Young woman’s death prompts revision State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland, introduced legislation to upgrade a 1999 Michigan law designed to track injuries and deaths caused by abortion. “The tragic death of a young woman in Battle Creek in 2016 that resulted from a failed abortion revealed a weakness in the current reporting law,” Reilly…

Rep Howrylak and Pastor Bouchard offer the invocation

Rep. Howrylak invites local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy (right) on Thursday welcomed Pastor Michael Bouchard (center) to the Michigan Capitol to give the invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Bouchard is a pastor at Kensington Church in Troy. #####

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Rep. Brann invites residents to office hours

State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming invites residents from Byron Township and the City of Wyoming to attend his local office hours during the month on May. Office hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting, to discuss concerns regarding state government. “I want to hear about issues…

Rep. Glenn introduces constitutional carry legislation

State Rep. Gary Glenn, of Midland, this week introduced bipartisan legislation to allow all law-abiding people who can legally own handguns to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms without obtaining a license from the government. “Law-abiding citizens shouldn’t have to pay a fee or wait for permission to exercise their rights,” Glenn said. “We…

Rep. Brett Roberts supports Michigan’s 2018 budget

Lawmaker’s amendment will benefit state’s agriculture industry State Representative Brett Roberts recently voted in support of House Bills 4313 and 4323, which provide appropriations for Michigan’s budget in Fiscal Year 2018. “This budget makes significant investments in roads, education, and agriculture while still reducing unnecessary spending,” said Roberts, R-Charlotte. “Our neighbors asked for a responsible,…

Michigan House, Rep. Runestad boost funding for public schools

Michigan’s public schools would get $100 more per student through a bill approved by state Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake and his state House colleagues. “We are rightfully showing our commitment to public education with record funding for K-12 schools in this budget,” Runestad said this week after approval of the House plan. “One…

Fiscally responsible budget approved by full House

State Rep. Triston Cole on Tuesday joined his colleagues in passage of the state budget, which includes record level funding for K-12 education and proposes a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget. Cole, of Mancelona, voted to approve the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative blueprint that invests in the state’s…

Rep. Reilly introduces bill to restore free speech at public colleges and universities

Representative John Reilly (R-Oakland) introduced legislation today to protect the free speech rights of students on college campuses. The Campus Free Speech Act, House Bill 4581, would prohibit public colleges and universities from restricting peaceful forms of assembly, protest, speech, distribution of literature, and circulation of petitions except when necessary to achieve a compelling governmental…

Rep. Wentworth: Can’t support school budget’s funding gap

Legislator says rural schools are being short-changed   State Rep. Jason Wentworth on Tuesday voted against the House version of the state school budget, saying funding for smaller rural school districts is not on par with wealthier schools. Wentworth, of Clare, drafted an amendment to increase funding for rural schools, but it did not gain…