Rep. Reilly, colleagues’ legislation ensures tax-funded educational aid supports law-abiding Michiganders

Bills establishing, reinforcing protections to legal residents needed   State Rep. John Reilly and colleagues today introduced an 11-bill legislative package to ensure that various taxpayer-funded scholarships and housing subsidies are available only to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Reilly, of Oakland Township, said that this protection is not only needed for programs that…

Rep. Reilly shares complete voting record

State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township is offering a measurable track record of results by posting each of his votes on a single web page along with an explanation for each vote. This is a unique effort among state legislators. While all votes are public, few take the time to assemble all their votes…

Rep. Reilly urges Senate to take action on ‘right to carry’ legislation

State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland Township, today announced he has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof imploring him to work with his colleagues to pass legislation to restore and expand the rights of law-abiding citizens to be armed and protected. The four-bill legislative package passed by the House earlier this month…

Rep. Reilly bill to defend privacy for homeschool students

State Rep. John Reilly has introduced legislation to protect homeschooling families from a planned requirement that they submit Educational Development Plans to a local school district. Education Development Plans are academic and career evaluations, which are mandated by the state’s Department of Education for all public school students starting in the seventh grade. “Credible sources…

Rep. Reilly column on education funding reform

Originally published in The Detroit News, 06/13/2017 Column: Current pensions a fiscal cancer By: John Reilly It shouldn’t be controversial to fix one of the worst policy blunders facing our state: the government being liable for tens of billions of dollars it doesn’t have, costing hundreds of millions of dollars in interest every year. Michigan’s…

Rep. Reilly joins colleagues thanking President Trump for Paris Agreement withdrawal

State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland joined 18 other Michigan House legislators today in sending a letter to President Donald Trump, thanking him for withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement. “Your action was a bold step in the right direction, and we hope this note encourages you to take many more, without hesitation,”…

Rep. Reilly: Help schools save money through choice in electricity market

Schools and colleges across Michigan would save money on their electricity bills through legislation introduced today by state Rep. John Reilly of Oakland. Reilly’s bill would allow K-12 schools, universities, colleges and community colleges – public and private – to buy electricity from any provider they choose. The goal is to help educational institutions save…

Reilly bill would require colleges uphold First Amendment

Representative John Reilly, R-Oakland, has introduced legislation to strengthen First Amendment protections for citizens attending public colleges and universities. Rep. Reilly noted that numerous free speech court cases against universities in Michigan have either been settled out of court or ruled against the universities. “The Legislature has not only the authority, but a compelling duty…

Rep. Reilly invites residents to office hours in Lake Orion

    State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township will host open office hours on Monday, May 22 at the Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road in Lake Orion from 5 to 6:30 p.m. “People deserve an open and accountable state government,” Rep. Reilly said. “I look forward to listening and finding out what…

Rep. Reilly proposes abortion reporting law upgrades

Young woman’s death prompts revision State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland, introduced legislation to upgrade a 1999 Michigan law designed to track injuries and deaths caused by abortion. “The tragic death of a young woman in Battle Creek in 2016 that resulted from a failed abortion revealed a weakness in the current reporting law,” Reilly…

Rep. Reilly introduces bill to restore free speech at public colleges and universities

Representative John Reilly (R-Oakland) introduced legislation today to protect the free speech rights of students on college campuses. The Campus Free Speech Act, House Bill 4581, would prohibit public colleges and universities from restricting peaceful forms of assembly, protest, speech, distribution of literature, and circulation of petitions except when necessary to achieve a compelling governmental…

Rep. Reilly bill gives schools more flexibility in testing

State Representative John Reilly of Oakland Township has submitted legislation to allow local school districts to opt out of certain standardized testing. “Our districts have multiple federal and state assessments for each grade, and especially in high school, these myriad assessments are burdensome,” Reilly said. “In the 11th grade alone, students are mandated to take…