Lansing rescinds ‘sanctuary city’ status

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the Lansing City Council rescinded their earlier decision to declare Lansing a ‘sanctuary city:’   “I want to thank the council for realizing their mistake and rescinding Lansing’s designation as a ‘sanctuary city.’  Hopefully now they can go back to focusing on…

State representatives tour locations in Detroit and Dearborn

A bipartisan group of state representatives this week took a two-day tour of locations in the City of Detroit and Dearborn. The trip was organized to give the legislators a better understanding of the economic developments taking place in the cities and the cultural impacts of the distinctive local communities. State Rep. Sylvia Santana organized…

Speaker Leonard supports increased transparency for state government

  Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after the House passed a package of bills to vastly expand the Freedom of Information Act and create new, unprecedented transparency requirements for the state Legislature:   “The people of Michigan deserve more accountability from their politicians and better access to their…

House passes wide-ranging corrections reforms

  Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, this afternoon issued the following statement after the House passed a package of Senate bills that reform Michigan’s corrections system:   “The House today passed an important series of reforms that creates a more effective and efficient corrections system in Michigan.  We eliminated outdated rules that punished…

Leonard Appoints Miller to Great Lakes Commission

State Rep. Tom Leonard, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, has appointed Macomb County Public Works Commissioner and former Member of Congress Candice S. Miller as a commissioner to the Great Lakes Commission.   “Candice Miller is the best choice for the Great Lakes Commission,” said Leonard.  “She has the right experience working on…

Speaker Leonard statement on Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after Gov. Snyder presented a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year: “I appreciate the governor offering his proposal this morning and starting the budget negotiation process. During these negotiations, the House will emphasize the need to keep spending low and use Michigan’s…

Former Rep. Banks resigns from office

  Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement regarding the resignation of former Rep. Brian Banks from the Michigan House of Representatives:   “Rep. Banks had one legal issue after another during his time in public office.  I am glad to see he is finally taking responsibility for his actions,…

Speaker Leonard increases transparency for Michigan House

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard today announced the financial disclosure and transparency website for the Michigan House of Representatives will once again include easy access to publicly available salary information for every employee of the House, including legislators. “We are public servants, and the public demands better transparency,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt.  “I have heard…

Gov. Snyder highlights Michigan’s opportunity

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement following Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address:   “Gov. Snyder’s address showed just how big an opportunity Michigan has over the next couple of years.  Instead of simply putting out the fires left over from the Lost Decade, we are…

GM investment shows Michigan can now compete and win

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement regarding GM’s decision to bring 450 jobs to Michigan from Mexico:   “The American economy has turned a corner, and jobs are finally coming home from overseas.  This is terrific news for American workers, and a great opportunity for states that are ready…

ZF expansion shows Michigan is the state for jobs

Speaker-elect Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement regarding ZF Group’s plans to expand and add 800 new jobs, with most of the growth occurring in Michigan.  ZF currently employees more than 1,000 people in Michigan.   “Another day in Michigan sees another major jobs announcement.  This good news seems to come every day,…

FCA investment shows Michigan has the best environment for jobs

Speaker-elect Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement regarding Fiat Chrysler’s announcement of plans to add 2,000 new jobs and $1 billion in investment in Warren and Toledo:   “Fiat Chrysler’s decision is terrific news for Michigan auto workers and the people who live in these communities.  We have the best automotive engineers and…