COLUMN: Time to improve access to mental health services in Michigan

The statistics are distressing: Hundreds of thousands of people in Michigan live with mental health conditions and the majority don’t receive any form of treatment. As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I want to recognize the importance of removing the stigma behind mental illness and creating an atmosphere where people who are struggling feel…

Rep. Hornberger’s plan to improve school safety approved by Michigan House

The Michigan House today approved a broad plan to improve school security, including a measure from state Rep. Pamela Hornberger tied to the creation of a statewide school safety commission. The plan approved with bipartisan support would create the commission to review security procedures, and provide resources for security improvements in school buildings with the…

Hornberger supports measure opposing ‘kayak tax’

Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in Michigan State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted in support of a resolution opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Hornberger said people should not be penalized for supporting the…

COLUMN: New plan will significantly improve school safety across Michigan

The nightmare of every parent, teacher and school administrator played out again earlier this year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, serving as a stark reminder that we must do more to protect our schoolchildren. As a former teacher and school board member, I understand the complexity of this issue. There is not one simple…

Michigan House committee approves school safety plan

The Michigan House Appropriations Committee today approved a broad plan to improve school safety across the state. The plan approved with bipartisan support includes the creation of a school safety commission to review security procedures, and would provide resources for security improvements in school buildings throughout Michigan. Every school board or governing body of a…

Rep. Hornberger welcomes local deacon to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township welcomed Deacon John Fitzmaurice to the state Capitol to lead Tuesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Fitzmaurice is a deacon of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clair. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with…

Rep. Hornberger supports House budget plan focused on schools

Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted in favor of a state House budget plan investing more than ever before in Michigan schools while reducing overall state spending. The plan approved by the House would increase the budget supporting K-12 schools to $14.8 billion, with the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years – ranging from $120…

Rep. Hornberger aims to crack down on pyramid schemes

Legislator: These predatory practices hurt Michigan consumers Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger further addressing the nature of pyramid schemes today was advanced in a Michigan House vote. The plan is part of a four-bill legislative package amending current state consumer protection and franchise investment laws, while also adding needed clarification between pyramid schemes…

Lawmakers submit reform plan following MSU inquiry

House legislation calls for better protection from sexual misconduct A bipartisan group of House legislators today submitted a plan to better protect Michigan’s children in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. The reforms build on previously introduced legislation and include enhanced penalties for distribution, production and financing of child pornography, as well…

House approves plan streamlining tax-exempt purchases for consumers, businesses

The state House today approved a plan from state Reps. Sue Allor and Pamela Hornberger helping schools, non-profits and certain businesses receive the tax-exempt purchases they already are entitled to under Michigan law. Michigan law already allows nonprofits and certain businesses – including many schools, churches and businesses such as agricultural producers — to claim…

Rep. Hornberger ensures state library funding will benefit Michigan residents

Bill offers new provision to Interstate Library Compact entry The Michigan House on Wednesday overwhelmingly advanced a bill sponsored by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger providing clarity to a previous law that entered Michigan into the Interstate Library Compact. With the signing of Public Act 173 of 2017, Michigan became the first state to join since…