Rep. Runestad’s bills require citizenship for scholarships, housing

Bill package limits benefits for illegal residents   State Rep. Jim Runestad recently introduced legislation that prevents illegal residents in Michigan from eligibility for scholarships involving state funds and housing assistance through a state agency. Runestad, of White Lake, said only legal United States citizens should be eligible to receive financial aid through the Michigan…

Governor signs Runestad’s bill establishing body camera guidelines

Legislation balances privacy rights, accountability Gov. Rick Snyder today signed a bill introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad giving law enforcement agencies clear guidelines for the recordings made by police body cameras. Runestad’s legislation, which received unanimous approval from both the House and Senate, establishes rules for retaining and releasing footage recorded on body cameras…

Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour sessions in July and August

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, July 14 and Friday, Aug. 18. The coffee hours are at the following locations and times for both dates: 8 to 9 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6845 Highland Road in White Lake; 10 to 11…

House committee advances Runestad’s shared parenting legislation

State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, today praised his colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee for advancing legislation establishing shared custody with equal parenting time as the starting point during child custody deliberations. “The current system profits by pitting divorcing parents against each other in an ugly competition over who is the better parent,”…

Rep. Runestad votes in favor of ‘right to carry’ legislation

State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, today voted on the House floor to support a four-bill package allowing law-abiding citizens, who are not prohibited from possessing a firearm, to carry concealed without a permit in Michigan. “We already allow people to carry a firearm openly without a fee or training requirement. This legislation is…

Rep. Runestad to host 4 coffee hours sessions in June

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, June 9 and Milford on Wednesday, June 28. The office hours on Friday June 9 are at the following locations: 8 to 9 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6845 Highland Road in White Lake; 10 to…

Rep. Runestad introduces legislation to protect free speech on campus

Resolution cements protection in Michigan Constitution State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, today introduced legislation to ensure the freedoms of speech and assembly are not restricted on the campuses of public colleges and universities. Runestad’s resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to clarify the Legislature’s ability to enact laws that protect the rights of…

Michigan House approves legislation establishing body camera guidelines

Runestad bill balances privacy rights, accountability State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, said law enforcement agencies would have clear guidelines for the recordings made by police body cameras under legislation approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. The bill, sponsored by Runestad, establishes rules for retaining and releasing footage recorded on body cameras…

House approves legislation defining electronic property rights

Resolution would put measure up for vote of the people Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad to protect electronic property from unreasonable search and seizure received unanimous bipartisan approval today from the Michigan House of Representatives. Runestad’s resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to make crystal clear that the government must generally obtain a…

Michigan House, Rep. Runestad boost funding for public schools

Michigan’s public schools would get $100 more per student through a bill approved by state Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake and his state House colleagues. “We are rightfully showing our commitment to public education with record funding for K-12 schools in this budget,” Runestad said this week after approval of the House plan. “One…

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New bipartisan legislation places limits on legislators-turned-lobbyists

State Reps. Jim Runestad and David LaGrand have introduced a two-bill package to prevent legislators from immediately becoming lobbyists when they leave office. The bipartisan legislation institutes a minimum two-year “cooling-off” period before former legislators can become registered lobbyists. “Thirty other states have a cooling-off period for legislators to ensure they are working for their…

COLUMN: Swift and sure penalties needed to end culture of corruption

School employees and people who work for our local, state and federal governments are paid to serve the public, and they have a duty to maintain the public’s trust. Unfortunately, too many people break that trust and receive insignificant punishments. The most notable recent example of this in Michigan comes from the 12 principals from…