Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield this week addresses the first meeting of the Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, a group comprised of 21 members from the executive, judicial and legislative branches, as well as community leaders across the state. The panel is focusing on how the state’s jail population has tripled…
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on passage of House version of 2020 state budget
Speaker Chatfield talks to the state Capitol press after Thursday’s House session, saying the 2020 state budget approved by the House this week dedicates taxes paid at the pump to transportation and focuses on priorities like roads and education.
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on signing of auto insurance reform legislation
Speaker Chatfield talks before the signing of SB 1, auto insurance reform legislation, at Mackinac Island Thursday, saying the legislation reflects what state Representatives have heard around the state and calling the plan an example of what can happen when the two sides work together.
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on House passage of auto insurance reform legislation
Speaker Chatfield addresses the House Friday afternoon before passage of auto insurance reform legislation.
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on ongoing auto insurance talks with the Governor
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield talks with reporters on the floor of the House Thursday afternoon and says discussions with the Governor on auto insurance reform will continue throughout the weekend and that he remains focused on delivering results for Michigan families.
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on Senate passage of auto insurance reform legislation
Speaker Chatfield talks with reporters on the House floor Tuesday afternoon about Senate passage earlier in the day of auto insurance reform legislation.
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield discusses importance of accelerated House Transportation Committee meetings
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield tells Capitol reporters this past week that the on-going, twice-weekly meetings of the House Transportation Committee have been very valuable to the debate about road improvements and have provided important information about road materials and construction.
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on House approval of criminal justice reform measures
Following a House session where the chamber approved a bi-partisan plan ending the state’s long-time practice of trying 17-year olds in the adult judicial system, and gave final approval to bi-partisan bills which require a criminal conviction before the government can take ownership of personal property through civil asset forfeiture, Speaker Chatfield tells the Capitol…
Speaker Chatfield speaks at a press conference at the Michigan Supreme Court with other state leaders on Wednesday to announce a partnership with Pew Charitable Trusts that will review the state’s country jail system and expand jail alternatives. The Speaker argues that criminal justice reform cannot be a partisan issue.
Talking with reporters on the floor of the Michigan House Thursday, Speaker Chatfield says that finding a way to put more resources into Michigan’s roads while cutting the cost of auto insurance remain priorities, and that he has a constructive relationship with the Senate and the administration.
Talking with the Capitol press on the House floor after Thursday’s session, Speaker Chatfield said the Governor’s proposed 45-cent-a-gallon gas tax increase is too high a burden on Michigan families and says the House will work on its own proposal.
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; audio on House passage of civil asset reform legislation
Speaker Chatfield talks about House passage Thursday of bipartisan legislation reforming civil asset forfeiture in Michigan, saying that both the House and Senate have passed similar bills and that he’s looking forward to a finished product.