Rep. Lower participates in bill-signing ceremony for his plan to end unfair tax levying

Photo Information: State Rep. James Lower (left), of Cedar Lake, joined Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday for the ceremonial signing of his plan formally known as House Bill 5902, which removes an unfair tax from certain businesses. The law exempts self-insurer groups that operate under Workers Disability Compensation Act agreements from Corporate Income Tax to…

Rep. Lower sets local office hours

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake announced his next scheduled in-district office hours. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, July 30 9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby, 1596 Wright Ave. in Alma. Monday, Aug. 6 9 to 10 a.m. at Margo’s, 215 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville; and…

Rep. Lower votes for budget with focus on education, environment

Spending blueprint also addresses need for better roads   State Rep. James Lower this week added his vote in favor of a state budget that reins in government spending and directs funding where it is needed. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said the budget addresses many vital programs and projects to improve the quality of life…

Rep. Lower’s occupational licensing proposal advances in House vote

Legislator: Michigan’s licensed professionals are one step closer to less burdensome regulation A plan from state Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, removing duplicative regulation relating to occupational licensing today was advanced in a vote by the Michigan House. House Bill 5955 creates the Local Government Occupational Licensing Act and disallows local governments in Michigan…

Rep. Lower spearheads reduced occupational licensing proposal

Legislator: Plan helps residents seeking jobs in certain fields, eliminates red tape keeping them from doing so A plan from state Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, reducing the burden on employees and businesses through reduced occupational licensing parameters today was advanced in a vote by the House Local Government Committee. House Bill 5955 creates…

Rep. Lower bills eliminate bureaucracy

The House Oversight Committee today heard testimony and voted to approve plans sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake eliminating the Michigan Capitol Committee. The Michigan Capitol Committee was established in 1986 with the responsibility of making recommendations regarding any physical changes to the Capitol building or the surrounding grounds. More recently in…

Rep. Lower plan eliminates duplicate layers of government red tape

Legislation introduced today by state Rep. Jim Lower reduces the burden on employees and businesses through new occupational licensing parameters. Under Lower’s plan, local governments in Michigan will not be allowed to have licensing requirements for occupations that already are regulated at the state level. “We want to attract professionals to our state. We want…

House plan protects Michigan deer from deadly disease

State Reps. Jim Lower, Tom Barrett and Thomas Albert today introduced a proactive plan to protect Michigan deer from chronic wasting disease. Chronic wasting disease, a lethal illness that has decimated deer, elk and moose populations in other states, was first identified in Michigan in May 2015. As of March 2018, 57 free-ranging deer have…

Rep.Lower: Prisons, state interests must be protected from drone interference

The Michigan House recently approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake as part of a larger legislative package crafting needed state guidelines for drones. Lower’s bill, House Bill 5498, offers a sentencing guideline making intentional drone interference with a key facility up to a four-year felony. The legislation is in…

Reps. Lower, Hammoud introduce bipartisan bills to protect Michigan’s fresh water

Plan addresses septic tank failures State Reps. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake and Abdullah Hammoud of Dearborn have introduced legislation to improve inspection and maintenance of septic systems. Under current state law, Michigan doesn’t even define the malfunction or failure of an onsite wastewater treatment system, and the proposal would establish specific standards. “This plan…