Rep. Bellino: Training for new law enforcement personnel will improve school safety

State Rep. Joe Bellino today introduced a plan to help improve school safety in Michigan through enhanced training for new law enforcement personnel. Bellino’s measure calls for active shooter training within the standards required for becoming a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan. The requirements would apply to new law enforcement organization members. “This is…

Bellino votes for plan ensuring farmers continue to receive ag tax exemptions

State Rep. Joe Bellino this week voted for a plan ensuring Michigan farmers continue to receive tax exemptions on agricultural equipment. Bellino, of Monroe, said officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury recently reinterpreted the law and started taxing Michigan farmers for equipment that has historically qualified for the agricultural sales and use tax exemption….

Bellino: More money coming to fix Michigan roads, and it’s about time

By state Rep. Joe Bellino My Chrysler minivan and I share your pain when it comes to the terrible condition of Michigan roads. Potholes threaten to become our state symbol this time of year, with repeated freezes and thaws taking huge bites out of pavement. You’re sick of it. I’m sick of it. Everyone who…

Bellino votes to give high school students credit for work study

House plan encourages career experience before graduation State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted to expand opportunities for high school students to earn course credit with completion of an internship or work study program in the Monroe community. “Monroe businesses want employees with real-world experience. Why not give our high school students the option of gaining…

Rep. Bellino’s credit freeze bill signed into law

State Rep. Joseph Bellino’s plan to better protect Michigan residents from fraud by providing free credit freezes has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Â When a security freeze is placed on a credit report through a consumer credit-reporting agency, those looking to engage in fraud are unable to open a credit card,…

Bellino votes to ramp up local veteran services

House passes bill providing counties grants for veteran services            State Rep. Joe Bellino today joined the Michigan House of Representatives in approving legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.             Under the legislation Bellino is helping sponsor, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies…

Bellino hosts committee hearing on electric vehicles

Legislator says charging system must be in place for widespread use   State Rep. Joe Bellino today was joined at the House Energy Policy Committee by experts in electric vehicles and utilities to open discussion on the future of electric vehicles in Michigan. Bellino, of Monroe, said the demand for electric vehicles (EV) will climb…

Rep. Bellino announces March office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe has set his local office hours for Monday, March 26, giving residents of Monroe and Wayne counties the opportunity to ask questions or share their thoughts. “Each time I hold office hours, I am impressed by the questions, ideas, and feedback from members of our community,” Rep. Bellino said….

Rep. Bellino votes for bill supporting military veterans

Measure also applies to fraternal organizations   State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted for legislation allowing members of national veterans organizations and fraternal groups to buy alcohol in any affiliated out-of-town club. Bellino, of Monroe, was a co-sponsor of the bill, which was introduced in a wave of complaints by club members who said a…

Rep. Bellino’s bill ending driver responsibility fees signed into law

Measure eliminates fees as of Oct. 1   Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino that brings punitive driver responsibility fees to an end on Oct. 1. Bellino, of Monroe, introduced the measure, which was passed by the Legislature last month as part of a multi-bill package to end the…

Rep. Bellino holds roundtable discussion with local law enforcement

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe participated in a roundtable discussion on Friday, Feb. 23 to seek input from local officials on how state government can better assist law enforcement agencies when it comes to fighting the opioid epidemic. “There is no doubt in my mind that the opioid epidemic is one of the most…

House approves Bellino bill creating accountability for process servers

State Rep. Joe Bellino’s legislation cracking down on corrupt process servers was approved today in the Michigan House with overwhelming support. Bellino, of Monroe, said ensuring that people are given proper notice of court proceedings is fundamental to their due process rights. “Our judicial system relies on process servers to do their jobs honestly and…