Rep. Bellino to host June office hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe has set his local office hours for the month of June. The representative will be available Friday, June 22 at the following times and locations: 9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby, 26614 Telegraph Road in Flat Rock; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Carleton Library, 1444 Kent St. in…

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 House Bills 5761 and 5887 would both remove outdated sections of law in diverse areas.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…

Bellino plan would modernize boater safety certification system

Legislation creates new designation for driver’s license, state ID cards State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced a plan that would allow boaters and jet-skiers to do away with the paper boating safety certification cards they are currently required to carry while on the water. The proposal establishes a designation that could be placed on the…

Reps. Bellino, Sheppard support House plan investing in schools, jobs, roads

Reps. Joe Bellino and Jason Sheppard today voted in favor of a Michigan House budget plan focused on education, job training and road repairs. “The best thing we can do to improve the quality of life in southeast Michigan is provide students with the skills they need to get and keep good jobs,” said Bellino,…

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…