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…

Rep. Chatfield statement on Line 5 tunnel under Straits of Mackinac

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, issued the following statement today after Enbridge committed to replacing the portion of Line 5 that crosses beneath the Straits of Mackinac with a new pipeline inside a protective tunnel: “While the transportation of energy resources is essential to our daily lives, it’s important we continue to seek the…

Rep. Chatfield: Driver responsibility fees come to an end

Representative’s plan waives fees for 305,000 motorists starting today State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan takes effect today. Chatfield, of Levering, introduced the measure, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full forgiveness of outstanding debt. “Driver responsibility…

Rep. Chatfield: Stronger pipeline safety standards needed in Straits

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 House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. Rep. Chatfield, of Levering, said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan. “While…