Rep. Bellino supportive of legislation to save Michigan’s vital shipping industry

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today explained his support for a bill promoting Michigan shipping jobs while continuing to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species. Michigan’s current regulation for treatment of ballast water – kept in large tanks on board to help improve a ship’s balance – is stricter than Canada and other…

House Insurance Committee hears Rep. Bellino’s air ambulance legislation

State Rep. Joe Bellino today testified in support of his air ambulance legislation before the House Insurance Committee. The measure requires hospitals to transport patients via ground ambulances, rather than air ambulances, unless medically necessary. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without it being necessary and then are eventually slammed with…

Rep. Bellino announces local office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Nov. 27 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties. “Some of the best ideas are generated from the members in our community,” Rep. Bellino said. “I welcome anyone with concerns, ideas or issues to join me.” Rep. Bellino will meet with…

House approves Bellino’s state unemployment system reform legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Joe Bellino fixing Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The measure is part of a bipartisan bill package to address the failures of the UIA based on the findings of a workgroup consisting of legislators and other stakeholders. Bellino’s bill clarifies the employer…

Reps. Bellino, Sheppard will continue fight to lower auto insurance rates

State Reps. Joe Bellino and Jason Sheppard said they would continue the fight to bring lower auto insurance rates for all Michigan drivers. Bellino and Sheppard both voted in favor of House Bill 5013, which would guarantee lower rates for all drivers in Michigan – the state with the highest car insurance rates in the…

House passes Rep. Bellino’s measure to end senseless driver responsibility fees

Bill part of bipartisan package that also forgives debt   A bill introduced by state Rep. Joe Bellino today earned bipartisan approval from the Michigan House of Representatives and advances to the Senate as part of a legislative package to end driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt. Bellino, of Monroe, said the bills bring…

Rep. Bellino’s bill helping police and fire retirees signed into law

State Rep. Joe Bellino’s bill providing income tax relief to younger police and fire department retirees not covered by Social Security was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder. “The bottom line is we have made a change in state law here that is long overdue,” Bellino, of Monroe, said after the bill signing….

Rep. Bellino votes for program to fight state’s opioid epidemic

Legislator says addiction, overdoses out of control   State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted for funding a Kalamazoo County pilot program that will help people identify if they have a high risk of opioid addiction and steer them toward other forms of pain relief. Bellino, of Monroe, said he fully supports the $700,000 appropriation to…

Rep. Bellino sponsors amendment guaranteeing auto rate reductions for all

State Rep. Joe Bellino, member of the House Insurance Committee, today sponsored an amendment to legislation reforming Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system that guarantees lower rates for all drivers. The amendment, which was unanimously approved by the panel, promises savings on the personal injury protection (PIP) portion of policies for each coverage level. “People…

Rep. Bellino offers testimony on bill granting free credit freeze ability

State Rep. Joseph Bellino today testified in support of his bill to better protect Michigan residents from fraud by providing free security freezes through consumer credit-reporting agencies. When a freeze is placed on a credit report, those looking to engage in fraud are unable to open a credit card, mortgage or additional form of credit…

Bellino calls for stiffer penalties for process servers who commit fraud

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe testified today before the House Judiciary Committee in support of his legislation creating more accountability for officials tasked with serving legal notices. Bellino said ensuring that people are given proper notice of court proceedings is fundamental to their due process right. “Falsely claiming to serve notice of a court…