Rep. Graves: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees

Legislation ends collection Oct. 1, forgives debt   State Rep. Joseph Graves today voted for legislation to end punitive driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the fees became an economic hardship for hundreds of thousands of Michigan families, many of whom were forced to depend on public assistance after…

Graves votes to override governor’s veto of tax relief

Legislator: Override means faster vehicle sales tax relief for Michigan State Rep. Joe Graves voted Wednesday to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues. The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law…

Rep. Graves named ‘Newsmaker of the Year’ by Gongwer

State Rep. Joe Graves of Argentine Township was selected “Newsmaker of the Year” by the Gongwer News Service for his work to reform the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). Graves was recognized for “an extraordinary bipartisan workgroup, convened and led by Mr. Graves, with stakeholders from both sides that would painstakingly assemble an eight-bill package overhauling…

Rep. Graves ends year with perfect voting record

State Rep. Joe Graves, of Argentine Township, completed the year with a 100-percent voting record, taking part in every roll call vote during the 2017 legislative session. “There is no such thing as a day off when it comes to representing the people of the 51st District,” Graves said. “Our neighbors sent me to Lansing…

House approves state unemployment system reform legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Graves, chair of the House Oversight Committee, fixing Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The measure is part of a bipartisan bill package based on the findings of a workgroup consisting of legislators and other stakeholders. The bill creates a new process…

Rep. Graves applauds end to punitive driver responsibility fees

Fees were money grab by previous administration   State Rep. Joseph Graves today said he voted in favor of a bipartisan legislative package to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt, ending what he called a bad law brought about by irresponsible government. Graves, of Argentine Township, said driver responsibility fees became law when…

Rep. Graves votes for first responder protection bills

State Rep. Joe Graves today voted in support of a three-bill package to expand protections on police, fire, corrections and emergency medical services personnel, citing a recent attack on an officer at the Bishop International Airport in Flint as a key reason. “Jeff Neville did nothing to prompt being stabbed, just wore his airport officer’s…

Rep. Graves honors hero injured in Bishop International Airport terrorist attack

State Rep. Joe Graves today honored Bishop International Airport Authority Lt. Jeff Neville with a special tribute commending him for his acts of heroism during a terrorist attack on June 21, 2017. Despite being stabbed in the neck by the terrorist, Neville continued to answer the call of duty and showed great bravery in protecting…

Rep. Graves announces grant for Fenton redevelopment

Project expected to create jobs, economic investment   State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced a state grant to fund clean-up and redevelopment of a downtown Fenton site. Graves, of Argentine Township, said the $543,743 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant enables TJK Fenton to develop a vacant and contaminated site in downtown Fenton and construct…

Rep. Graves commends charges resulting from GRHV investigation

State Rep. Joe Graves today supported the criminal charges coming out of Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into mistreatment of patients at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV). Eleven former caregivers at the GRHV were charged today by Schuette for intentional inclusion in patient medical records or charts of misleading or inaccurate information. “It’s…

Rep. Graves highlights progress made on top priorities

State Rep. Joe Graves of Linden today said he is pleased with the progress made so far this legislative session on the issues important to the people of Genesee and Oakland counties. “I committed to working on reforms that improve the quality of life for Michigan veterans, and I’m happy to report significant progress in…

Rep. Graves highlights progress made by House Oversight Committee

State Rep. Joe Graves, chair of the House Oversight Committee, noted the committee’s progress in discussing and approving legislation over the first six months of the 2017-18 House session.             “I am beyond pleased with the hard work and bipartisan support that has been present within our committee,” said Graves, of Linden. “The House Oversight…