Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt Twp.; audio on House Republican Policy Committee

Rep. Leonard, who will serve as Speaker of the House during the 2017-2018 session of the Michigan House, talks about the appointment of Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw Twp. as the Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee, and discusses some of the policy initiatives that could be pursued in the next two years.  

Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt; audio on serving as Speaker in 2017-2018 House session

Rep. Leonard talks about his election Thursday by the House Republican Caucus as its leader for the 2017-2018 House session.  He will be formally elected Speaker by the full House on January 11.  Rep. Leonard says he looks forward to building consensus and working on issues like career technical education and mental health reform.  …

Rep. Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt; audio on mental health reform legislation

Rep. Leonard talks about his new legislation to simplify access to the mental health system through assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) without impairing any of the due process protections provided to those in need of care.  Rep. Leonard says current state law is unworkable and isn’t getting individuals the help they need in a timely way.