Rep. Lower resolution protects the unborn

State Rep. James Lower today introduced a resolution calling for the protection of life by preserving legal safeguards for unborn children in Michigan. The resolution also calls for recognition of any abortion as a tragic loss of human life. Lower said history will measure Michigan by how well it protects it’s most vulnerable residents. “We…

Senate approves Rep. Lower resolution blocking governor’s power grab

Important environmental input panels will remain in place State Rep. Jim Lower today praised his colleagues in the Michigan Senate for approving his resolution to block a power grab from the new governor that overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature. The Michigan House approved the measure last week. Without…

Rep. Lower: State government must work carefully, wisely to build a better Michigan

State Rep. James Lower, of Cedar Lake, reflected on comments made by the governor in Tuesday night’s State of the State address while underscoring his priorities as a member of the 100th Michigan Legislature. Lower addressed a recent House Concurrent Resolution he sponsored that protects the fundamental division of powers within Michigan’s governmental system. The…

Rep. Lower resolution prevents governor’s abuse of power

Executive power grab would eliminate three important panels State Rep. Jim Lower took action this week to block a power grab from the new governor that overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said a recent executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would have eliminated…

Rep. Lower to chair House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee

State Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, has been tapped to lead the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee for the 2019-20 legislative term. Lower is entering his second term in the Michigan House and served as the House Local Government Committee chair for his first term. The new committee will blend together elements…

Rep. Lower’s work on occupational licensing earns national recognition

Rep. Jim Lower received praise from the Foundation for Government Accountability for his legislation removing burdensome and confusing occupational licensing requirements. Lower was presented with the FGA’s Champion of Work Award for 2018, which honors a legislator who displays a commitment to empowering residents and protecting the freedom to work. “I am honored and humbled…

Rep. Lower’s landmark occupational licensing plan signed into law

Legislator: Michigan’s licensed professionals will now be burdened less as they work to provide for themselves and their families A plan from state Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, removing duplicative regulation relating to occupational licensing was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. House Bill 5955, now Public Act 493 of 2018, creates…

Rep. Lower: All Michigan voters deserve voice in petition initiative process

Bills bring transparency, accountability to petition drives State Rep. Jim Lower’s plan to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency was approved today by the Michigan House. Lower, R-Cedar Lake, said his plan – along with other bills sponsored by House Democrats – ensures the important process remains…

Rep. Lower: Line 5 tunnel best option for Michigan families, job providers

Representative supports plan forming tunnel to protect our Great Lakes Rep. Jim Lower today hailed a bipartisan plan approved by the state House as a key step toward energy security for Michigan residents and the creation of thousands of jobs for Michigan workers. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a…

Rep. Lower plan brings transparency, accountability to petition initiative process

State Rep. Jim Lower today introduced a plan to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said Michigan is among a minority of states that allows petition initiatives on statewide issues. His plan ensures the important process remains in place, with significant improvements. “We…

Rep. Lower: Collaborative effort leads to broad support of property tax assessment reforms

Rep. Jim Lower’s plan to improve the property tax assessment process for homeowners and other land owners across Michigan was unanimously approved today by the state House. The proposal is designed to improve the consistency and quality of assessments. The plan outlines minimum quality standards each assessing government must meet, either on its own or…