Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt; audio on House passage of government transparency legislation
Speaker Leonard talks to reporters on the House floor Wednesday after 10 108-0 votes on a 10-bill package that subject the Michigan Legislature to a new Legislative Open Records Act and the executive office to the Freedom of Information Act, saying the support demonstrates the broad-based backing the plan enjoys.
Speaker Leonard talks to reporters on the House floor early Thursday after the House failed to approve HB 4001, legislation he says would keep the legislative promise to roll the state income tax rate back to 3.9%.
Representatives talk about the State of the State as Michigan enters 2017.
Speaker Leonard talks about Tuesday night’s State of the State address.
The 99th session of the Michigan Legislature begins Wednesday, and the new Speaker of the House, Rep. Tom Leonard of DeWitt, says he’s looking for a renewed focus on civility at the Capitol.
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. Lauwers talks about his election Thursday as the House Majority Floor Leader for the 2017-2018 session of the Michigan House, saying the job is like that of an air traffic controller and offering his support for the next House Speaker, Rep. Tom Leonard of DeWitt.
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. …