Rep. Howrylak supports legislation enacting local government retiree task force recommendations

The House this week – with bipartisan support – approved pension and retiree healthcare liability reforms designed to ensure the promises made to local government employees and the fiscal stability of Michigan communities. The reforms are based on policy recommendations contained in Governor Rick Snyder’s Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force report. “The…

Rep. Howrylak Fourth Amendment protection bill advances to House floor

This week, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send House Bill 4430 to the House floor. HB 4430 was introduced by State Representative Martin Howrylak to safeguard the Fourth Amendment rights of Michigan residents. Under HB 4430, state and local governments would be prohibited from assisting, participating with, or providing support to the federal government…

Criminal justice reform sponsored by Rep. Howrylak advances to the House floor

The House Law and Justice Committee voted this week to advance House Bill 5234, which was introduced by State Representative Martin Howrylak, to the House floor. Under current law, an inmate cannot retain public or private health insurance when they enter the county jail. Once an individual is incarcerated, the jail is required to pay…

Rep. Howrylak announces December office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of December. “I always value the opportunity to meet with friends and neighbors to discuss the policy issues that are important to our state,” Rep. Howrylak said. “Residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or have…

House approves Howrylak’s state unemployment system reform legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today voted unanimously to approve legislation authored by state Rep. Martin Howrylak to fix inefficiencies in Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). Rep. Howrylak’s proposal is part of a bipartisan bill package that is based on findings from a workgroup consisting of industry experts and legislators. The reform plan will restore…

Rep. Howrylak speaks on bill to improve government transparency

State Representative Martin Howrylak, of Troy, testified in the House Law and Justice Committee recently in support of his legislation that would strengthen government transparency and the enforcement of the Open Meetings Act (OMA). “Public bodies have a responsibility to operate transparently,” Rep. Howrylak said. “When they fail to do so, citizens should not be…

Rep. Howrylak welcomes Ukrainian community for Holodomor commemoration

Today state Rep. Martin Howrylak and the Ukrainian American community of southeastern Michigan commemorated the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33, known as Holodomor. The special one-hour event took place in the Michigan State Capitol rotunda today. Members of the Legislature and citizens from the Ukrainian community gathered to reflect on the millions of lives lost during…

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

Legislator votes to eliminate fees, forgive debt   State Rep. Martin Howrylak today voted to eliminate driver responsibility fees, which he said have been holding families near or in poverty for 14 years. Rep. Howrylak, of Troy, said a bipartisan package of bills was approved by the Michigan House today, ending the punitive fees on…

Rep. Howrylak invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of November. “I value the opportunity to meet residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Howrylak said. “I look forward to spending time with friends and neighbors at my upcoming office hours and discussing the policy…

Howrylak part of bipartisan plan to improve the state’s unemployment system

State Rep. Martin Howrylak, vice chair of the House Oversight Committee, is part of a bipartisan group that today announced a plan to fix Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. The legislation is based on findings from a workgroup consisting of industry experts and legislators. The plan will provide clarity, restore integrity, and improve accountability within the…