Rep. Bellino to host in-district office hours April 21

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours during April to meet with residents in Monroe and Wayne counties. “One way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve is by hosting local office hours throughout the community,” Rep. Bellino said. “It’s important to hear from people living in the…

Rep. Bellino: Skilled trades should count toward graduation

Giving students and their parents better flexibility when considering high school graduation-qualifying courses is the emphasis of a merit curriculum legislative package supported by state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe. “We’ve got to give high school students more options within our graduation requirements,” Bellino said. “Our schools in Monroe and southern Wayne county do a…

Rep. Bellino bill to require consent for opioid prescriptions

State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, has submitted legislation to help protect minors from opioid addiction. Bellino’s bill requires medical professionals to consult with parents or guardians when an opioid-based medication may be prescribed to a minor under the age of 18, including discussion of the risks and potential for addiction from using the medication….

Rep. Bellino: End tax disadvantage for police and fire retirees

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today introduced legislation giving income tax relief to younger retired police and firefighters not covered by Social Security, bringing them more in line with other retirees. Bellino’s bill affects Michigan public safety professionals who were born after 1952 and were retired before 2013. The bill would provide an increased…

Rep. Bellino lauds bipartisan passage of transparency bills

State Rep. Joe Bellino voted today in favor of bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan. Bellino, of Monroe, introduced one of the 11 bills to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state…

Rep. Bellino to host in-district office hours March 20

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours during March to meet with residents in Monroe and Wayne counties. “These events are a great way to connect with members of our community,” Rep. Bellino said. “I look forward to discussing the issues that matter most to those I represent and encourage anyone to…

House committee approves Rep. Bellino’s transparency bill

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Joe Bellino placing elected state government officials under open records laws was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. Bellino, of Monroe, said he is proud to have a role in the 11-bill package subjecting the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act and create the…

Rep. Bellino supports package to give students more class choice

Giving students and their parents better flexibility and choice when considering high school educational choice is the emphasis of a merit curriculum legislative package supported by state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe. “Preparing students for life after high school is what these four bills help do,” Bellino said. “If a student has the interest in…

Retired legislators would pay more of own health care costs under Rep. Bellino bill

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today will introduce legislation to require retired state legislators to pay more of their own health care costs, an effort to help shore up an underfunded retirement system. The legislation would require all retired Michigan legislators in the state system to pay 20 percent of their annual health insurance…

Bellino, colleagues reveal ‘Action Plan’ for 2017-18

Representative pleased to see focus on decreasing auto insurance rates State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, joined his colleagues today for a press conference outlining key principles and priorities that will guide the House over the next two years. Bellino said he’s pleased with the 2017-18 House Republican Action Plan, which focuses on making Michigan…

COLUMN: Public deserves more openness, transparency from state officials

As a new state representative, I’m asking people to put their trust in me, and I want them to be able to hold me accountable. A major barrier, however, is Michigan’s status as one of just two states in which the governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature are exempt from having to disclose records to…

Bellino sponsors bill to increase government transparency

Bipartisan bills subject governor’s office, Legislature to open records rules State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today introduced legislation as part of an 11-bill bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Bellino joined representatives from both sides of the aisle today in announcing the reform plan to make the…