Rep. Bellino supports bills to give families, seniors tax relief

Legislator says people deserve to keep more of their earnings   Michigan House legislators today introduced a package of bills to provide substantial income tax relief for families and seniors. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes, while providing additional relief for senior citizens. State…

Rep. Bellino announces local office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Jan. 22 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties. “I appreciate all of the feedback from our community throughout my first year in office,” Rep. Bellino said. “Listening to your ideas and having these conversations helps me effectively represent the people…

Rep. Bellino supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities

State Rep. Joe Bellino recently voted for a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trade and career education in Michigan’s public schools. “We’ve got to give K-12 students more options,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “Our schools in Monroe and southern Wayne county do a lot to prepare students for life, especially in high school, but…

Legislature approves Bellino bill to protect minors from opioid addiction

State Rep. Joe Bellino’s legislation to help protect minors from opioid addiction was approved today by the Michigan Legislature Part of a bill package focused on combating the opioid drug epidemic, Bellino’s legislation requires medical professionals to consult with patients when prescribing an opioid-based medication. “When it comes to prescribing potentially harmful substances like opioids,…

Rep. Bellino: New bill helps repeat drunk drivers address alcohol addiction

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe on Wednesday introduced legislation to ensure people struggling with alcohol dependency get the treatment they need. Bellino’s bill requires anyone found to be operating a vehicle while intoxicated with two or more previous convictions to undergo an evaluation to determine whether he or she would benefit from a medication-assisted…

Senate approves Bellino’s state unemployment system reform

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

Rep. Bellino’s credit freeze bill overwhelmingly approved by Michigan House

A bill proposed by state Rep. Joseph Bellino to better protect Michigan residents from fraud by providing free credit freezes today was passed in an overwhelming bipartisan vote by the Michigan House. When a security freeze is placed on a credit report through a consumer credit-reporting agency, those looking to engage in fraud are unable…

Rep. Bellino’s air ambulance legislation approved by House

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved air ambulance reform legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe. Bellino’s measure requires hospitals to transport patients via ground ambulances, rather than air ambulances, unless medically necessary. Patients sometimes are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without it being necessary and are eventually slammed with…

Rep. Bellino: Free credit freezes will offer more security for Michigan residents

A bill proposed by state Rep. Joseph Bellino to better protect Michigan residents from fraud by providing free security freezes today was unanimously passed in a House Financial Services Committee vote. When a freeze is placed on a credit report through a consumer credit-reporting agency, those looking to engage in fraud are unable to open…

Rep. Bellino announces local office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours on Monday, Dec. 18 to meet with residents of Monroe and Wayne counties. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Bellino said. “This commitment is why I will continue to hold office hours and meet with constituents every…

Rep. Bellino votes to empower college students with loan debt

State Rep. Joe Bellino voted this week to require state colleges and universities to provide annual federal student loan updates to help each student better manage their debt. “Student debt is becoming a national crisis, but we have the opportunity to be a standard to better manage and decrease debt,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “Working…

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

The House Insurance Committee today unanimously approved air ambulance reform legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe. Bellino’s 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 are eventually slammed with…