Rep. Runestad recognizes local scholarship semifinalists

Rep. Jim Runestad today congratulated two local National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, Jack Lewis from Milford High School and Matthew Person from Lakeland High School. “I’m honored to represent such talented and dedicated young individuals in my district,” Rep. Runestad said. “Jack and Matthew should be very proud of this impressive achievement. They definitely have bright…

House committee debates oversight of free speech on Michigan’s public campuses

            The House Oversight Committee today heard testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to clarify the Legislature’s ability to provide by law for the protection of free speech at Michigan’s public higher education institutions.             The amendment would clarify that public university autonomy does not preclude the Legislature from…

House approves legislation to curb fraud in public administrator system

Runestad, Ellison bills ensure heirs of estates are not robbed of assets Legislation introduced by state Reps. Jim Runestad and Jim Ellison to prevent fraud in Michigan’s public administrator system received unanimous bipartisan support today in the Michigan House of Representatives. The public administrator system is in place to provide representation for estates where a…

Rep. Runestad to host local coffee hours

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, Oct. 13. “I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing important issues,” Rep. Runestad said. “Listening to community members is one of my top priorities as a legislator.” Coffee hours…

Reps. Reilly, Runestad: Public deserves more information about MEGA credits

State Reps. John Reilly and Jim Runestad of Oakland County today introduced legislation that would open Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credits to more public scrutiny. Reilly’s bill would permit certain disclosures of MEGA tax credits through Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act. Runestad’s bill would require the governor’s annual budget message to the Legislature to…

Rep. Runestad recognizes Michigan State Fair scholarship winner

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake today welcomed a recipient of the Michigan State Fair Urban and Rural Scholarship at the House of Representatives. Clarkston resident Allie Purves was among the 60 scholarship winners that were recognized on the House floor. “It was wonderful to meet Allie and welcome these incredible students to the…

State House declares Oct. 1-7 Free Speech Week

The House of Representatives today approved a bipartisan resolution offered by state Rep. Jim Runestad to declare Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 to be Free Speech Week in the state of Michigan. The resolution states the First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and assembly as an inalienable right, and that public institutions have an obligation…

Rep. Runestad welcomes parenting advocates to the Capitol

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake welcomed a group of mothers, stepmothers and grandmothers to the Capitol for their inaugural Michigan Women for Shared Parenting legislative day on Wednesday. The women, representing 10 counties, traveled to Lansing from around the state to meet with legislators and discuss their support of family court reforms. Each…

Legislation combating probate fraud gains committee approval

Reps. Runestad, Ellison work with AG’s office, Oakland County officials to protect heirs from corrupt public administrators The House Judiciary Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Reps. Jim Runestad and Jim Ellison to combat probate fraud by requiring more safeguards for heirs of an estate. The bipartisan legislation was developed with input from the…

Bill protecting concealed pistol license holders gains committee approval

Rep. Runestad: People who forget to renew CPL do not deserve felony charge The House Judiciary Committee chaired by state Rep. Jim Runestad today advanced legislation protecting concealed pistol license holders from facing excessive and unreasonable punishment simply for forgetting to renew their licenses before the expiration date. CPL holders currently face the possibility of…

Rep. Runestad presents flag to family of fallen Milford sailor

State Rep. Jim Runestad welcomed the family of Petty Officer Kenneth Aaron Smith to the House floor on Wednesday. Smith was an Electronics Technician, 3rd Class aboard the USS John S. McCain when the guided-missile destroyer was involved in a collision with an oil tanker east of Singapore last month. Smith was among the 10…

Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour in Milford

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host an open office hour on Monday, Sept. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Public Library located at 330 Family Drive in Milford. “I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing issues that are important to them,” Rep. Runestad said. “I encourage anyone…