Rep. Bellino: Line 5 tunnel best option for Michigan families, job providers

Representative supports plan forming new tunnel oversight panel State Rep. Joe Bellino said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support is a key step toward energy security for Michigan residents and the creation of thousands of jobs for Michigan workers. Bellino, of Monroe, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a…

Bellino: New plan would repeal Michigan’s bottle deposit law

Ending deposit would boost community recycling programs State Rep. Joe Bellino has introduced legislation as part of a new plan to provide a much-needed boost to community recycling programs by ending Michigan’s 40-year-old bottle deposit law. Bellino, of Monroe, said although the “bottle bill” helped reduce litter in the 1980s and 90s, it’s now hurting…

Rep. Bellino: Monroe community, DTE must work together to resolve tax case

State Rep. Joe Bellino today called on all parties involved to work together for the “fair and timely” resolution of a tax case involving Monroe, Frenchtown Township and DTE Energy. The Michigan Department of Treasury has filed a motion to intervene in the case, which is pending before the Michigan Tax Tribunal. The issue involves…

Reps. Bellino, Sheppard: School safety grants will benefit southeast Michigan

State Reps. Joe Bellino and Jason Sheppard this week welcomed the announcement of $25 million in grants to improve school building safety across Michigan, including money specifically for schools in Monroe County and southern Wayne County. Both legislators have voted in favor of school safety initiatives in the state Legislature, including approval of the money…

Michigan House approves Rep. Bellino’s occupational licensing reform bill

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of moral character. Bellino’s legislation, House Bill 6113, is part of a bipartisan, five-bill plan to…

Rep. Bellino welcomes input at upcoming monthly coffee hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino has announced his latest monthly coffee hour schedule, which will take place on Monday, Oct. 22. Bellino, of Monroe, will meet with residents one-on-one if they wish to share comments or concerns at the following times and locations: • 9-10 a.m. at Tim Hortons of Monroe, 404 S. Monroe St., Monroe;…

Rep. Bellino ends driver responsibility fees, brings relief to local drivers

State Rep. Joe Bellino’s law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan took effect this week. Bellino, of Monroe, 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 fees did nothing but fill a budget hole…

Bellino: Time to modernize boater safety certification system

Plan unanimously approved by Michigan House State Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan giving Michigan boaters the option to present electronic proof of their boating safety certifications was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House. “The paper certificates boaters and jet-skiers are supposed to carry right now aren’t exactly waterproof, but many people have waterproof phone cases,”…

Rep. Bellino invites residents to local coffee hours this month

State Rep. Joe Bellino has announced his September coffee hour schedule, which will take place on Friday, Sept. 28 at three locations across Michigan’s 17th House District. Bellino, of Monroe, will meet with residents one-on-one if they wish to share comments or concerns at the following times and locations: • 10-11 a.m. at Tim Hortons…

Bellino’s locking prescription vial plan prevents teenage opioid abuse

Legislator: Youth opioid abuse starts in the medicine cabinet, not on the streets State Rep. Joe Bellino today delivered testimony during the House Health Policy Committee in support of his plan to prevent teenage opioid abuse and pilfering from the family medicine cabinet by implementing locking prescription vials. Pilfering, Bellino explained, is the process of…

Rep. Bellino named Ducks Unlimited ‘Legislator of the Year’

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe was recently recognized by Ducks Unlimited as the group’s Legislator of the Year. Bellino, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, was honored alongside committee chairman Rep. Gary Howell last week for their work to establish a voluntary wetland restoration program in Michigan. “Right now, community organizations such…

Rep. Bellino set to host local coffee hours in August

State Rep. Joe Bellino invites residents to chat with him about state and local issues during a three-stop tour on Monday, Aug. 27 in communities across Michigan’s 17th House District. Bellino, of Monroe, will meet with residents one-on-one if they wish to share comments or concerns at the following times and locations: • 8:30 a.m. to…