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…

Rep. Runestad appointed to national committee on law, criminal justice and public safety

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake has been appointed to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. As part of this committee, Rep. Runestad shapes policy positions on homeland security, civil and criminal justice, and emergency management at the federal level. “I am honored by the opportunity to…

House approves bill cracking down on corruption

Public employees convicted of felony fraud lose portion of public retirement benefits under plan The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to increase penalties for public employees convicted of felony embezzlement and fraud. “Schools and communities across our state have been plagued by a culture of corruption…

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…