Johnson’s lawful hunting bill gets hearing

The case of a California resident who was being threatened with prosecution for harvesting a mountain lion legally in Idaho and possessing it in his home state where it’s illegal couldn’t be repeated in Michigan under legislation sponsored by Rep. Joel Johnson. Johnson gave testimony on House Bill 4094 today before the House Tourism Committee…

Lauwers urges state department to rescind complaint against Indian mascots

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today is urging the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to rescind a complaint it filed with the federal government concerning the use of school districts using Native American mascots or imagery. Lauwers, whose legislative district includes the Capac High School Chiefs, signed a bipartisan letter asking the department to withdraw the…

Rep. Franz appointed to regional education panel

State Rep. Ray Franz today was appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to serve on a key bipartisan regional committee that will provide a forum for the regional consideration of critical education-related topics. The Education Committee is new this year at the Midwestern Legislative Conference, which is part of The Council of State Governments, an…

Speaker Bolger announces bipartisan appointments to Council of State Governments

LANSING — House Speaker Jase Bolger today announced the 2013-14 bipartisan committee appointments for the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. The committees of the Midwestern Legislative Conference are established by the MLC Executive Committee and are comprised of legislators from each of the 11 Midwestern states and the Canadian provinces of…

Pagel seeking local input on roads and bridges

Survey available until March 1 State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced he is seeking input from the residents of Berrien and Cass counties regarding the state’s road system and how to fix it. Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, has created a survey that is available on his website until March 1.  He hopes residents and commuters take…

The Lone Wolverine exhibit opening ceremony this saturday in lapeer county

State Rep. Kevin Daley, R- Lum, will take part in the opening ceremony of the Lapeer portion of The Lone Wolverine Exhibit Tour, sponsored by the Lapeer County Historical Society and Lapeer County Commission. The tour is circling the state and it kicks off this leg of the journey this Saturday, Feb. 16, at the…

Rep. Potvin appointed to regional agriculture panel

State Rep. Phil Potvin will serve on a key bipartisan regional committee that will examine a variety of agricultural and natural resources issues in the Midwestern region. Potvin, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development, was appointed to the position by House Speaker Jase Bolger. “Agriculture is the second largest industry…

Muxlow appointed to Midwest-Canada Relations Committee

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, today announced his appointment of Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, to the Midwest-Canada Relations Committee (MCRC). The committee is part of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. “Having served on the committee last session, I am honored by the speaker’s appointment and look forward…

Leonard introduces bill to better protect vulnerable adults

State Rep. Tom Leonard today introduced legislation to strengthen the ability of the courts to impose stricter sentences upon those who embezzle from vulnerable adults – the elderly or mentally handicapped. House Bill 4264 would allow judges to impose sentences consecutively on defendants convicted of multiple offenses under the Vulnerable Adult Embezzlement Statute. Currently the…

Rep. Kowall re-appointed to regional leadership committee

State Rep. Eileen Kowall was appointed yesterday by House Speaker Jase Bolger to serve on a key bipartisan regional committee that oversees leadership training for Midwest legislators. This is Kowall’s second term serving on this committee. The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development Steering Committee is part of the Michigan Legislative Conference of The Council…

House approves Crawford legislation to cut red tape for fire alarm technicians

The House today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Hugh Crawford, which aims to amend the licensing requirements for fire alarm technicians. House Bill 4045 is the first bill passed through the House of the 97th legislature. The current law requires individuals employed as fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians to register with the Electrical Administrative…

LaFontaine BAC bill receives strong support in committee

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine aiming to prevent a scheduled change in the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level for Michigan drivers was the topic of a House Criminal Justice Committee hearing today. Various groups that support the bill package, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Michigan State Police, formally testified before…