Rep. Bellino: State budget will help Monroe performing arts center

A Monroe performing arts center will benefit from the new state budget, Rep. Joe Bellino said. Bellino successfully secured final legislative approval of $73,000 for the River Raisin Centre for the Arts in the new state budget. The money is allocated for maintenance. “The RRCA is the ‘Arts Heart’ of Monroe,” Bellino said. “It is…

Rep. Bellino: State money lined up to support Monroe community center

A Monroe community center is set to receive $100,000 in state support, thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Joe Bellino. The money will support the Arthur Lesow Community Center. Bellino helped secure the funding as part of a state budget bill recently approved by the Michigan Legislature. The center — established in the early…

Rep. Bellino secures funding for women’s recovery home in Monroe

Rep. Joe Bellino this week successfully secured final legislative approval of special funding for a women’s addiction recovery home in Monroe. The new Michigan state budget plan includes $100,000 to assist construction projects at Paula’s House, a facility for women who are homeless and have substance abuse problems. “It’s a place to help them get…

Rep. Bellino: Money coming to repair Stoney Creek Road in Monroe County

State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced he has secured money in the new state budget to improve Stoney Creek Road, an essential Monroe County route traveled by thousands of people every day. The budget approved by the Michigan Legislature includes $3.35 million to improve the road, a primary east-west route in the district Bellino represents….

Rep. Bellino honored for his work helping first responders with retirement

State Rep. Joe Bellino was honored recently as the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association’s Legislator of the Year for 2017. The award is in recognition of Bellino’s work sponsoring a new law providing income tax relief to younger police and fire department retirees not covered by Social Security, including many who made sacrifices…

Bellino’s ‘spring cleaning’ proposal receives overwhelming House support

The Michigan House Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a plan sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino removing an unnecessary law from the books. Bellino’s plan removes a duplicative reporting requirement within the Office of Community Corrections. Submitted reports outlining funding requests were once received by the state, but that information is now redundant since it…

House clears Rep. Bellino’s government cleaning plans

The Michigan House this week voted to overwhelmingly approve plans sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino removing unnecessary laws from the books. House Bills 5761 and 5887 would both remove outdated sections of law in diverse areas. HB 5761 repeals the Michigan Penal Code referencing the criminality of making a false protest. A false protest…

Bellino bill limiting access to nitrous oxide signed into law

Sale of ‘whippits’ to minors is now illegal   When state Rep. Joe Bellino learned that young people were using small canisters of nitrous oxide – more commonly known as laughing gas – as a recreational drug, he knew something had to be done. Today, his bill making “whippets,” as the canisters are called, more…

Reps. Bellino and Sheppard: Michigan House approves school safety plan

The Michigan House today approved plans to improve school safety across the state, including a measure from state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe to enhance law enforcement training. Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance joined Bellino in support of the comprehensive House plan, which would create a statewide commission evolving from a gubernatorial task force charged…

House committee hears Rep. Bellino’s government cleaning measures

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today testified before the House Oversight Committee in support of his recently announced plans to remove unnecessary laws from the books. House Bills 5761 and 5887 would both remove outdated sections of law in diverse areas. House Bill 5761 repeals the Michigan Penal Code referencing the criminality of making…

Committee approves Rep. Bellino’s plan for enhanced law enforcement training related to school safety

The Michigan House Appropriations Committee today approved state Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan to help improve school safety in Michigan through enhanced training for law enforcement personnel. Bellino’s measure would mandate consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents be part of the requirements to become a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan. The requirements initially…

Rep. Bellino highlights legislative ‘Spring Cleaning’

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe recently sponsored multiple plans removing unnecessary laws from the books. House Bills 5761, 5866 and 5887 would all remove outdated sections of law in various areas. House Bill 5761 repeals the Michigan Penal Code referencing the criminality of making a false protest. A false protest is covered under current…