Michigan launches new bipartisan task force on criminal justice reform

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and other state and county leaders today announced the creation of the Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, which will review Michigan’s local court procedures and history to find the most important areas of improvement. The Michigan House of Representatives has made criminal justice reform a priority…

Rep. Chatfield sets local spring office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents to join him during local office hours for the months of March and April. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Monday, March 18, 9:00–10:00 a.m. McKinley Township Hall 1820 N. US-31 Pellston, MI 49769 Friday, April 19, 10:00–11:00 a.m. St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce 560 N State…

Speaker Chatfield on the governor’s budget proposal

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we will always have a road funding problem in Michigan until every penny we pay in taxes at the pump is devoted to fix the roads. The people of this state already said no to a reckless $2 billion tax hike not that long ago. We…

Republican House legislators offer priorities, plan for 2019-20 term

Republican members of the Michigan House today unveiled their Action Plan for the 2019-20 legislative term. Since 2011, House Republicans have publicly outlined their priorities to improve government accountability and make the state an even better place to live and work. House Republicans will focus on the following issues in the next two years: •…

Republican leaders announce their expectations for the State of the State address

2019 Legislative Republican Priorities Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, of Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, of Clarklake, today announced the top issues they and their Republican caucus members hope to see included by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in her State of the State address.  The issues represent shared priorities both leaders believe are…

Rep. Chatfield sets local office hours for Jan-Feb

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents to join his staff at local office hours during the months of January and February. Due to scheduling conflicts, a designee for Speaker Chatfield’s office will be on hand to address concerns, answer questions and bring any ideas back to Lansing. The schedule for office hours is as follows:…

First bills of House session call for civil asset forfeiture reform

Speaker Chatfield, Leader Greig, AG Nessel support bipartisan plan A bipartisan plan to reform civil asset forfeiture is laid out in the first two bills of the new legislative session of the Michigan House of Representatives. The plan – sponsored by state Reps. Jason Wentworth, a Republican from Clare, and David LaGrand, a Democrat from…

Chatfield, House approve plan forming new oversight panel for Line 5 tunnel

State Rep. Lee Chatfield said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support will protect the Great Lakes by providing the proper oversight for the new underground infrastructure corridor in the Straits of Mackinac. Chatfield, of Levering, said the plan creates a new, independent authority – not the Mackinac Bridge Authority –…

Chatfield, Casperson plan to form new oversight panel for Line 5 tunnel

State Rep. Lee Chatfield and Sen. Tom Casperson today said they are working on a plan to establish a new panel to oversee the construction and operation of a proposed tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac. Both legislators said they fully support the completion of a new tunnel and other critical infrastructure upgrades to provide…

Rep. Chatfield announces upcoming office hours schedule

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents to join him during local office hours for the months of November and December. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Monday, Nov. 19 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce, 2581 I-75 Business Spur in Sault Ste. Marie. Friday, Dec 7 10 to…

Chatfield selected to serve as Speaker of the Michigan House

State Rep. Lee Chatfield today was selected to serve as the new Speaker of the House for the 2019-20 legislative term. Chatfield, of Levering, said he is eager to get to work as Speaker and build upon the many achievements the Legislature has made over the past four years. “I am honored to have the…

Rep. Chatfield plan improving safety of pipelines in Straits passes House

Representative: Great Lakes must be protected from threat of spill State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Chatfield, of Levering, said pipeline operators are not currently required to report spills…