In his first six months in the Michigan House of Representatives, state Rep. Jeff Noble has worked to promote prosperity for residents while representing the areas of Northville, Plymouth and Canton.
Noble serves on four House committees and holds the position of majority vice-chair for the House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors.
“It has been a busy and extremely productive time, and I remain committed to improving the livelihoods of the people I represent. My colleagues and I in the House have discussed and advanced several pieces of legislation that will set out to accomplish this task,” said Noble, of Plymouth. “I am enthusiastic about getting back to our State Capitol in September to continue bettering the way of life for residents within our district and across Michigan.”
Among the legislation championed by Noble:
• A 2017-18 budget that provides record funding for roads and bridges. A total of $450 million will be provided for the upcoming budget year, and $1.2 billion annually by 2021. In addition, legislation has also been approved to strengthen warranties so repaired roadways last longer.
• Signed reforms that put more money in the classroom. There will be an additional $27 million in foundation allowances and an additional $25 funding per high school student.
• Six bills addressing opioid addiction. These bills increase access to addiction treatment and underscore education on the dangers of opioid addiction. Next year’s budget includes $700,000 that will go to statewide opioid programs.
• A lighter stance in regard to victims of human trafficking while maintaining judiciary discretion. Those forced into crime through human trafficking acts can be eligible for deferral and probation.
“When meeting with constituents and hearing about what is important to them, I continue to hear concerns about the poor quality of our roadways. In response, we poured a ton into the budget to beef up Michigan’s roads and I look forward to seeing the results within our district,” said Noble. “As a member of the House Committee on Health Policy, it also pleased me to be involved with several bills that were rolled out to keep people healthier and safer. Educating young people on the dangers of opioid addiction is crucial and our budget reflects those concerns.”
Noble was also busy sponsoring legislation cutting government red tape. House Bill 4608 allows an exemption for painters and decorators from having to obtain contracting licenses for maintenance and alterations. The bill is currently in the Senate Committee on Regulatory Reform.