#TBT: House committee dedicated to honoring Michigan’s veterans

In this week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday, we are taking a closer look at the accomplishments of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. During the 2013-14 legislative session, House Republicans were dedicated to helping veterans returning from combat and former active duty service members alike – and the results from this committee speak for themselves….

Governor signs Rendon bill to create Michigan National Guard tuition program

Active-service Michigan National Guard members can receive tuition assistance at in-state educational institutions under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder. State Rep. Bruce Rendon introduced House Bill 5451, now Public Act 259 of 2014, to assist students pursuing vocational or technical training, a certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree or master’s degree. “The…

New laws expand students’ class choices

Johnson, McBroom bills expand state curriculum for voc ed Michigan high school students can have career and vocational technology course options more easily count toward graduation with the signing of Public Acts 208 and 209 today by Gov. Rick Snyder. State Reps. Joel Johnson of Clare and Ed McBroom of Vulcan have worked for more…

New laws protect gun owner privacy

Rep. Rendon helps work on bills to prioritize public safety Gov. Rick Snyder this week signed legislation exempting firearms records from the Freedom of Information Act, an effort state Rep. Bruce Rendon helped co-sponsor to protect the privacy of firearms owners. “There have been instances in other states where gun ownership information has been used…

Leonard welcomes local camp group to state Capitol

Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, welcomes campers from the DeWitt Area Recreation Authority’s Double Digit Day Camp to the House floor today. The kids, ages 5 through 14, visited the state Capitol building and spent time with their state representative during the trip. ###

Preliminary exam reforms signed into law by Gov. Snyder

State Rep. Tom Leonard (front row, center) and Gov. Rick Snyder hold Public Act 123 of 2014, which was signed into law today. The law, authored by Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, reforms Michigan’s preliminary examination process for those charged with a crime. The measure is a culmination of many years of discussion, and it’s a move,…

House honors Pagel’s late father-in-law, former Rep. Lad Stacey

Lansing, Mich. — The House of Representatives offered a memorial resolution today in honor of the late Lad Stacey, a former representative and father-in-law of current state Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township. Pagel was joined on the floor by family members to celebrate Stacey’s service to the state and to his family. Stacey passed away…

Rep. Lauwers: Roadside saliva test eliminated from drugged driving bills

Legislation to protect Michigan motorists from repeat drugged drivers will not include the use of a roadside saliva test for controlled substances under legislation amended this morning by the House Judiciary Committee. House Bills 5383-85, introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers, help keep dangerous motorists off Michigan streets by ensuring immediate jail time for repeat offenders…

McCready bill garners support of Bloomfield Township officials

LANSING, Mich. — Our Bloomfield Township delegation visited Lansing today to testify with me on House Bill 5202 in the Tax Policy Committee. I’m sponsoring this bill to change how special assessments are levied on parcels of land. If signed into law, it would allow townships to attach special assessments—such as neighborhood road repair or…