Macomb delegation: Give communities more control over fireworks

The Michigan House today voted to give local municipalities more control over the sale, use and safety of consumer-grade fireworks within their borders after approving bipartisan plans sponsored by Macomb County legislators. State Reps. John Chirkun, Diana Farrington, Kevin Hertel, Pamela Hornberger, Peter Lucido, Steve Marino, William Sowerby and Jeff Yaroch combined in a joint…

Rep. Hornberger elected associate speaker pro tempore

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger has been elected as associate speaker pro tempore for the 2019-20 legislative session of the Michigan House of Representatives. “It is an honor to be selected by my Michigan House colleagues to continue to lead the Michigan House next session,” said Rep. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township.  “We need to continue to…

Rep. Hornberger: Bail reforms needed to address jail overcrowding

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger this week introduced a comprehensive plan addressing the overcrowding of Michigan jails. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said approximately 41 percent of the people housed in Michigan’s county jails are there because they cannot post bail. “The system is broken,” Hornberger said. “Too many people accused of minor crimes are stuck in…

Hornberger advocates for equal allocation of CTE programs

Lawmaker: Traditional, charter, nonpublic schools should be treated equally A bill introduced by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township requiring the equal allocation of career technical education (CTE) programs for all traditional, charter and nonpublic schools in Michigan was approved by the House Education Reform Committee. “CTE programs are so valuable to paving a…

Rep. Hornberger praises plans for new Macomb County veterans home

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, today expressed her excitement for a new state-of-the-art veterans home on the site of former military housing at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County. “This is wonderful news for Macomb County on two fronts,” Hornberger said. “This facility will provide much-needed care for veterans while…

Rep. Hornberger supports plan to honor fallen law enforcement hero

Portion of M-53 in Macomb County renamed the Sergeant Wouters Memorial Highway State Rep. Pamela Hornberger supports a plan to honor fallen Warren Police Detective Sgt. Christopher Michael Wouters by renaming a portion of M-53 in Macomb County. The section between 14 Mile Road and south to 8 Mile Road would be known as the…

COLUMN: Fight for auto insurance reform must go on

The fee hike reflected in our auto insurance bills this month serves as the latest painful reminder that we must reform Michigan’s car insurance system. Beginning July 1, the mandatory annual fee we pay through our car insurance to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) went up to $192 per vehicle – a 13-percent…

Rep. Hornberger: Straits must be protected

Legislator backs plan to bolster Great Lakes safety standards   State Rep. Pamela Hornberger recently signed on to a legislative plan to help protect the Straits of Mackinac from environmental disasters by strengthening safety standards. Rep. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said an April incident involving a tug boat dragging an anchor across the bottom of…

Rep. Hornberger: New state budget protects taxpayers when K-12 schools charge tuition

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger announced she supports a new provision in Michigan’s state budget that bans K-12 public schools from receiving tuition and collecting per-pupil state taxpayer aid for the same student. “We must have a system that respects taxpayers, and eliminating this ‘double dipping’ is a step in the right direction,” said Hornberger, of…

COLUMN: New state spending plan makes smart investments in Michigan schools

Ultimately, Michigan can’t succeed without healthy schools. Building a better future for our state requires smart, sensible investments in education to prepare our children and grandchildren for success. As a former teacher now serving in the Michigan House, I’m proud to say the $14.8 billion K-12 school budget the Legislature adopted last week is the…

Rep. Hornberger’s plan updating driver’s license or state ID has been signed into law

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger to align state identification cards with federal guidelines and bring the state into compliance with federal requirements was signed into law this week by Gov. Rick Snyder. Current Michigan law does not allow for a license expiration date to align with the expiration date of an individual’s visa….

Rep. Hornberger secures state funding for Chesterfield Township park

Rep. Pamela Hornberger today successfully secured state money to help with improvements at a Chesterfield Township park. The funding is included in a new state budget approved by the Michigan Legislature. The $50,000 allocation will help build a parking lot for Veteran’s Memorial Park on Community Center Drive between Hall Road and 21 Mile Road…