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…

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…