House approves bill authorizing special designation for Michigan veterans

The state House today unanimously approved legislation to make sure all Michigan veterans can easily receive the benefits and discounts they deserve, state Rep. Ben Glardon announced. House Bill 4037, approved with bipartisan support and co-sponsored by Glardon, creates a special designation on Michigan driver’s licenses for all veterans. “We must do all we can…

Lori votes to create veterans designation on Michigan IDs

Measure eliminates hassles for Michigan veterans The Michigan House today approved legislation allowing veterans to receive a special designation on their driver’s license or state ID cards, state Rep. Matt Lori announced. With more than 650,000 veterans living in Michigan, Lori anticipates the legislation will remove the need for veterans to have to dig up paperwork…

Lawmakers’ snowmobile tour highlights Michigan tourism and recreation

A bipartisan group of almost a dozen legislative leaders explored northern Michigan via snowmobiles from Harbor Springs to Trout Lake and back again, learning firsthand the positive economic impact created by winter tourism. House Commerce Committee Chair Frank Foster and House Tourism Committee Chair Peter Pettalia were among the group that also included Department of…

Speaker Bolger’s statement on passage of BCBS reforms

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement regarding movement of the Blue Cross Blue Shield reform bills without abortion coverage language: “House Republicans are focused on what is right for the future of Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers. The Blue Cross reforms are important to Michigan residents because they make the Blues compete with…

Speaker Bolger’s statement on House Bill 4111

Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement after he reluctantly asked the House to accept a federal health exchange planning grant: “Today’s vote to accept the grant was about doing everything we can to protect Michigan taxpayers and families from a massive and unwelcome federal overreach. Today’s vote was not about political parties or ideological…

Chairman McMillin requests Wayne State officials testify before Oversight panel

Discussion will focus on eight-year contract extension State Rep. Tom McMillin has invited Wayne State University officials to testify before the House Oversight Committee in regard to an eight-year contract extension with the American Association of University Professors and American Federation of Teachers Local 6075. “This is a very unusual contract extension, and I believe…

Rep. Pagel issues statement on passage of state-federal health exchange

Lawmaker: Yes vote protects Michigan’s interests State Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, issued the following statement after voting in favor of House Bill 4111, which establishes a state-federal health exchange in advance of enactment of the Affordable Care Act: “A health care exchange is not our choice, but by accepting federal funding to establish a…

Daley praises bill that would create veterans designation on driver’s licenses

State Rep. Kevin Daley today voted to approve legislation that will make it easier for Michigan veterans to receive the benefits and discounts they deserve. House Bill 4037 creates a special designation on Michigan driver’s licenses for Michigan veterans, which removes the hassles they previously encountered. “This is a great way to repay our veterans…

Lyons bill protects Michigan students from dangerous food allergies

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today introduced legislation to help protect Michigan children suffering from dangerous and life-threatening food allergies at school. Lyons’ legislation, House Bills 4352 and 4353, would place inexpensive epinephrine injectors in Michigan schools and train staff to use them.  Epinephrine injectors are the most effective emergency treatment for anaphylaxis.  The injectors…

Rep. Outman issues statement on vote against Obamacare

Lawmaker: Too many unanswered questions State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, issued the following statement after voting against House Bill 4111, which sets up a state-federal exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare: “There are far too many unknowns; most notably questions surrounding the funding mechanisms that the federal government is holding…