Rep. Bellino hosts Monroe County first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe hosted Maj. Troy Goodnough (left) and Sgt. Dan Zdybek (right) from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday for the Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the State Capitol. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and military members who died in the line of duty during the past year.

Rep. Bellino attends annual State of the State address

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe was joined by his wife, Peggy, at the state Capitol Tuesday for the annual State of the State address. “The people of Michigan need more than canned promises – they need results,” Bellino said. “We need to build up our skilled workforce – with training, with jobs, and with…

Rep. Bellino welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe welcomed Reverend Jeffrey Heimsoth (center) to the state Capitol to lead today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Heimsoth is a senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Monroe. Joining them at the rostrum is Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield.

Rep. Bellino joined by local business owners for opening of the 100th Legislature

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe was joined by his wife and local business owners at the state Capitol Wednesday to officially open the 100th Michigan Legislature. Rep. Bellino was administered the oath of office by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman.   FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: John Fiorelli (Owner of Fiorellis in Flat Rock),…

Rep. Bellino spends day in community meeting with residents

Photo Information: Representative Joe Bellino speaks with a resident about issues facing Monroe and Wayne counties. “These people have great ideas on how to improve our community,” Bellino said. “Getting out in the neighborhoods people live and work in, listening to their concerns, and speaking face-to-face helps me be an effective representative in Lansing.”

Monroe Chamber chairman joins Rep. Bellino for State of the State speech

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, was joined by Matthew Budds (left), chairman of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, as a guest during the 2018 State of the State speech today in the state Capitol. “As someone who knows the pulse of Monroe County business, I’m pleased Matthew was able to join…

Rep. Bellino testifies on bill package to end driver responsibility fees

Legislator says fees do nothing to improve driving skills   State Rep. Joe Bellino today testified before the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee on his bill, part of a sweeping bipartisan legislative package, to end driver responsibility fees by October 2018. Bellino, of Monroe, told the committee the threat of having to pay driver responsibility fees…

Rep. Bellino bill speeds phase-out of ineffective driver responsibility fees

Punitive measure does not improve drivers’ skills   State Rep. Joe Bellino today introduced legislation that will speed the phase-out of driver responsibility fees and give people who have been under the fees a chance to drive again. Bellino, of Monroe, said the law establishing the fees was passed in 2003 more as a way…

Rep. Bellino’s bill to help police and fire retirees approved by House panel

A Michigan House committee today approved Rep. Joe Bellino’s bill providing income tax relief to younger retired police and firefighters not covered by Social Security. Bellino’s bill affects Michigan public safety professionals who were born after 1952 and retired before 2013, bringing their tax structure more in line with many other retirees. “This is a…