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…

Rep. Runestad sworn in for second term

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, was sworn in on Wednesday at the state Capitol for his second term as state Representative. Rep. Runestad was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman in the House chamber on Opening Day of the 99th Michigan Legislature. Rep. Runestad represents part of Oakland County in Highland, Milford,…

Rep. Runestad has perfect voting record

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, had a perfect voting record during his first term as member of the Michigan Legislature in 2015-2016. “I am pleased that for the second year in a row I was able to achieve a perfect voting record,” said Rep. Runestad. “I know some legislators may have health issues or…

Libraries provide essential community resources

Op-ed by State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake The 396 Michigan public libraries serve five million children, teens and adults. Today, more than ever, libraries serve a critical need in our society. Our libraries provide computer access for state business, Secretary of State’s driver license and registration renewals, Michigan Works, Federal tax filing, job hunting…

Rep. Runestad raises awareness for children in state foster care system

November is Adoption Month in Michigan State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, praised Gov. Rick Snyder today for his recent proclamation declaring November to be Adoption Month in Michigan and Nov. 22 to be Adoption Day. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with adoption agencies and the courts work to find…

Shared parenting debated in House Committee; Resolution Advanced

The House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors took testimony today on changing the name of the Child Custody Act to the Shared Parenting Act and a presumption of shared parenting in separation and divorce. A resolution was also adopted acknowledging the harmful effects on children of parent behaviors that disrupt a child’s relationship with…