Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe; audio on repeal of bottle bill

Rep. Bellino talks about his new package of legislation, HBs 6532-36, that would eliminate Michigan’s 42-year old bottle law at the end of 2022.  Rep. Bellino says the 1976 law is outdated and is now hurting recycling efforts, arguing Michigan’s environment would benefit from single-stream recycling.      

Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe; audio on Senate committee testimony on opioid legislation

Rep. Bellino talks about testimony in the Senate Health Policy Committee Tuesday on a package of bipartisan legislation, including a bill of his own, that targets Michigan’s opioid drug epidemic.  The Bellino legislation requires the permission of a parent or guardian for a physician to prescribe an opioid.  He says he expects the legislation to…

Rep. Joe Bellino, R-Monroe; audio on former legislator health insurance premiums

Rep. Bellino talks about his HB 4330, which would require all retired Michigan legislators in the state system to pay 20 percent of their annual health insurance premiums, putting them more in line with other public employees.  Legislation approved in 2011 eliminated lifetime health insurance benefits for legislators, unless a legislator had a tenure of…