Rep. Reilly bill would require social media platforms honor neutrality

Legislation would prohibit discrimination in the new “public square” State Representative John Reilly (R-Oakland Twp.) has introduced legislation to ensure social media networks that present themselves as content- and viewpoint-neutral do indeed treat all viewpoints equally. Reilly said the proposal addresses numerous revelations that major social media networks are manipulating content without the knowledge or…

Schroeder leads bipartisan plan to make electric vehicles more accessible, spur economic growth

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder today introduced a bipartisan plan that would make installing electric vehicle charging stations more attractive for retailers to increase drivers’ access to charging stations. “Electric vehicles are a great technology that can be an economical and environmentally conscious option for many Michigan families, but access to charging stations remains a stumbling…

Rep. Hoitenga proposal makes practical changes to 9-1-1 emergency mandates

Signed law exempts certain entities from expensive phone system updates A plan from state Rep. Michele Hoitenga removing burdensome regulations for job providers has been signed by the governor. House Bill 4249, now Public Act 30 of 2019, addresses multiline telephone systems and eases previous upgrades mandated by the Michigan Public Service Commission. The upgraded…

Rep. Kahle spearheads plan to protect vulnerable children from abuse

State Rep. Bronna Kahle has introduced a plan to strengthen penalties for criminals convicted of abusing vulnerable children, especially those who are nonverbal. Kahle, of Adrian, said she started working on the legislation after a local abuse case revealed inadequacies in Michigan’s law. “The nonverbal, autistic children in this tragic case were unable to speak…

Rep. Reilly: Shackling of youth during court proceedings often unnecessary

Legislation creates framework for using restraints on juveniles State Rep. John Reilly has introduced legislation to end the indiscriminate use of restraints on juveniles during court proceedings. At least 32 states have rules, statutes or administrative orders prohibiting or limiting the indiscriminate shackling of youth. Because Michigan has no such regulation, Reilly said juvenile defendants…

House approves Rep. Kahle’s solar panel legislation helping Michigan residents

The Michigan House recently approved Rep. Bronna Kahle’s bipartisan plan to provide clarity, consistency and predictability for families and small businesses installing solar panels and other clean energy systems on their properties. Kahle’s plan also would prevent higher property taxes from being charged because of such installations, as has happened in some communities due to…

Rep. Lightner announces local office hours

State Rep. Sarah Lightner has scheduled her July office hours to meet with local residents of the 65th District. “Office hours are a great way to talk about the issues affecting our local communities,” Rep. Lightner said. “I hope you’ll take the opportunity to join me and share what’s on your mind.” Office hours are…

Rep. Paquette invites residents to town hall meeting on road funding

State Rep. Brad Paquette of Berrien Springs will host a town hall meeting with special guest Rep. Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann on Monday, July 8 to discuss road funding in Michigan. “The legislature is hard at work on a plan to fix roads that focuses on innovation and responsible investment,” Rep. Paquette said. “This…

COLUMN: Car insurance rate relief is on the way

When I first started representing the interests of the western Upper Peninsula at the state Capitol in January, the top complaint I got from residents was about our high car insurance rates. I listened to everyone’s concerns and vowed to fix the broken system that results in our highest-in-the-nation rates – and that goal was…

Rep. Paquette introduces proposal to protect water quality across Michigan

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, introduced a plan that would modify the state’s emergency manager law. The plan is part of a larger bipartisan reform package addressing the safety and security of Michigan’s drinking water supply. The bills put forward by Paquette build on the recommendations suggested by a 2016 legislative committee. The plan…