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…

House panel streamlines tax-exempt purchases for non-profits, certain businesses

A Michigan House committee today approved a plan from state Reps. Sue Allor and Pamela Hornberger to help ensure non-profits, certain businesses and other organizations get the tax-exempt purchases they are entitled to under state law. The bills would allow a qualified buyer who does not claim the sales and use tax exemption at the…

Rep. Hornberger votes on legislation to support veterans

Measure also applies to fraternal organizations   State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today joined her House colleagues in voting for legislation allowing national veterans club members and other service clubs to buy alcoholic drinks in any affiliated out-of-town club. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, co-sponsored the legislation, which was prompted by a recent Liquor Control Commission ruling…

Rep. Hornberger bill ensures taxpayer dollars benefit Michigan residents

Legislation addresses library funding along state’s southern borders The House Commerce and Trade Committee today advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger providing clarity to a previous law that entered Michigan into the Interstate Library Compact. Residents in communities along Michigan’s borders with Indiana and Ohio have more convenient access to libraries now…

Hornberger: Macomb, St. Clair families will benefit as income tax cuts signed into law

Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township today welcomed the final approval of income tax relief for Michigan families. Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation to preserve and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall. “Lowering income taxes is a great way to help…