Michigan House passes its 2019-2020 state budget plan

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.  Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, of Levering, voted in favor of the plan.   “This is the right plan to increase funding for our top priorities without raising taxes on hard-working Michigan families. Everyone at the state capitol has been…

Cheboygan receives state support for downtown redevelopment

The State of Michigan this week announced several new programs to receive state support and incentives for local development. One project, supported by Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, is located in Cheboygan.   Cheboygan Main Street plans to develop an empty building on Main St. in downtown Cheboygan into several new apartments with commercial…

Speaker Chatfield on the Mackinac Straits

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement on the constitutionality of a pipeline in northern Michigan: “Last year, we passed the right legislation to protect the people of Michigan, our critical waterways and our way of life. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on this modern solution to heat their homes…

Historic agreement forged on car insurance reform

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey today released the following statement upon reaching a bipartisan agreement to win the governor’s signature on the House and Senate’s historic car insurance reform plan: “The people we serve are demanding action. For far too long, drivers from Macomb to Menominee and from…

Sweeping civil asset forfeiture reforms signed into law

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement upon civil asset forfeiture reforms being signed into law: “In America, you are innocent until proven guilty. That phrase means something. It is a strong, consistent, and reliable foundation for our justice system and something that sets our nation apart from many others around…

Rep. Chatfield sets local spring and summer office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield is inviting residents to join him during local office hours for the months of May and June. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Friday, May 10, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce 401 E. Mitchell St. Petoskey, MI 49770 Monday, June 17, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Chippewa County EDC- General…

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…

Brian Mills to serve as the new policy director for Michigan House Republicans

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today announced the return of Brian Mills to the Michigan House of Representatives.  Mills will serve as the new policy director for the House Republican Policy Office beginning Monday, April 15. The current policy director, Bill Stone, will be leaving soon for a new opportunity in the Michigan Senate….

Speaker Chatfield on the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement on the attorney general’s opinion on Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority: “Approving the new tunnel in northern Michigan is the right thing to do for our state, our waterways, and for our future. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on the line to heat their…

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: •…