Rep. Runestad champions House passage of open records bills

State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake Township, today lauded the overwhelming House passage of bipartisan legislation making state government more accountable to its taxpayers. Runestad said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the…

Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour in Highland Township

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host a coffee hour on Monday, March 20 at Highland Township Public Library, located at 444 Beach Farm Circle in Highland from 6 to 7:30 p.m. “Listening to the workers and residents of our community is a priority for me,” said Rep. Runestad. “I want to be…

State representatives form new Second Amendment Caucus

Bipartisan group vows to protect the fundamental right to bear arms A bipartisan group of state representatives, led by co-chairs Reps. Jim Runestad, Michele Hoitenga and Scott Dianda today announced the formation of a new Second Amendment Caucus. The caucus is comprised of 42 members of the Michigan House of Representatives who are committed to…

New bipartisan bill package protects children involved in abuse investigations

Legislation requires the recording of forensic interviews State Reps. Jim Runestad, Pamela Hornberger and Robert Kosowski today introduced a bipartisan bill package to require the recording of forensic interviews conducted with children involved in abuse and neglect investigations. Kosowski, of Westland, said protocol recommends that forensic interviews in child abuse investigations be video recorded, and…

Runestad calls on President Trump to assist religious minorities in Middle East

House Judiciary chair: Intervention is needed to end genocide State Rep. Jim Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, today announced he has sent a letter asking President Donald Trump to support the assistance of religious minorities in the Middle East, including Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria. “ISIS is targeting ancient monasteries and…

Runestad: Free speech shouldn’t be violated on college campuses

House Judiciary Chair urges review of policies censoring students, faculty State Rep. Jim Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, this week urged presidents at 15 universities across Michigan to review and reform policies restricting free speech on their campuses. The second-term representative sent letters this week to Michigan colleges that ranked poorly in the…

Rep. Runestad continues push for income tax relief in Michigan

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake today said he continues to support income tax relief as a common-sense reform that is long overdue for Michigan workers. In 2007, the income tax rate was temporarily increased due to a downturn in the economy with the explicit promise that a rate reduction would take place when…

Rep. Runestad joins colleagues in unveiling plan to move Michigan forward

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake joined colleagues today at the Capitol to unveil the 2017-2018 House Republican Action Plan, which is the guiding document for the upcoming legislative session. “Our society is only as strong as our most vulnerable population and the House Republican Action Plan outlines the need to place people above…

Rep. Runestad named to Criminal Justice Policy Commission

State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, has been appointed by House Speaker Tom Leonard to serve as a legislative representative on the Criminal Justice Policy Commission. The 17-member commission is responsible for reviewing current sentencing guidelines, exploring alternatives to incarceration, promoting rehabilitation programs and making recommendations to the Legislature. The Commission includes representatives of…

Rep. Runestad named chair of Judiciary Committee

House Speaker Tom Leonard today announced state Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will lead the House Judiciary Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session. As an Oakland County commissioner, Runestad served as chair of both the Public Services Committee and Planning and Building Committee for three terms and worked with various county commissions to improve…

Rep. Runestad applauds increased House transparency

The Michigan House of Representatives recently reintroduced the financial disclosure and transparency website and made House employee salary information available to the public. State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, issued the following statement regarding the recent decision: “I’m commend House Speaker Tom Leonard on his decision to disclose this financial information publicly. “I’ve met…