Governor signs Runestad bill eliminating adoption fees

The bill is the freshman legislator’s first piece of legislation signed into law.   Gov. Rick Snyder this week signed into law House Bill 4457, now Public Act 106 of 2015, to eliminate a fee for parents to be listed on a registry of potential adoptive homes. This was the first bill introduced by freshman…

Rep. Runestad working on House legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Michigan

  State Rep. Jim Runestad has begun work on a bill that would ban local sanctuary city policies that protect illegal aliens. “This is a pressing issue in our country given recent current events,” said Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake Township. “I have started work on a bill to address this issue at the state level…

House approves civil asset forfeiture reform package

The House today approved a seven-bill package reforming the state’s civil asset forfeiture policies, announced state Rep. Jim Runestad. The bills were approved with overwhelming bipartisan support. The current Civil Asset Forfeiture laws allow police to take property from citizens if they suspect a crime was committed, even when there is not enough evidence to…

Rep. Runestad encourages residents to get outdoors during annual Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Jim Runestad is encouraging local residents to take advantage of the abundant natural resources in Michigan during Free Fishing Weekend June 13-14. For these two days, fishing license fees are waived by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources so Michigan families and tourists alike can enjoy fishing on inland waterways, as well as…

House panel unanimously approves Rep. Runestad resolution protecting electronic privacy

The House Criminal Justice Committee today unanimously approved a joint resolution introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to protect an individual’s electronic privacy. House Joint Resolution N requires a search warrant to access a person’s electronic data or communications. “More private information is being stored electronically and more communications are taking place through electronic means,…

House Republicans unveil new roads plans

Oakland County Reps weigh in on proposal The House Republican Caucus today unveiled a simple roads plan that will create a long-term fix for Michigan roads and bridges. The plan focuses on using existing dollars and reprioritizing restricted funds. Unlike the ballot proposal put before the voters, the House Republican plan only contains funding pertinent…

House unanimously passes Rep. Runestad’s first bill to eliminate adoption fees

A bill that eliminates a fee for parents to be listed on a registry of potential adoptive homes has passed the House after receiving unanimous consent, announced bill sponsor state Rep. Jim Runestad. House Bill 4457 eliminates two fees—a $100 initial fee and a $50 annual fee—for parents beginning the adoption process. The Michigan Adoptive…

Speaker Cotter appoints Rep. Jim Runestad to national committee

Lawmaker to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures Committee on Health and Human Services State Rep. Jim Runestad was appointed by Speaker Kevin Cotter to serve on the Health and Human Services Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures for the 2015-16 biennium. Rep. Runestad, who is in his first term in the…

Rep. Runestad bill on police body camera privacy to receive committee testimony

House Bill 4234, a bill that creates protections for currently unregulated police body camera use will be discussed in the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, April 14 announced State Rep. Jim Runestad, the bill’s sponsor. “I am pleased to see this legislation take the next step forward in the process,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “The call…

Rep. Runestad introduces joint resolution to protect privacy on electronic devices

State Rep. Jim Runestad today introduced a joint resolution to help protect individual privacy in Michigan by requiring a search warrant to access a person’s electronic data or communications. “The state constitution has not been updated to reflect the increasing use and presence of technology in our everyday lives and it is important that the…

Rep. Runestad to present legislative update at Mature Voters of Oakland Club

State Rep. Jim Runestad will be presenting a legislative update on Tuesday, March 10 to the Mature Voters of Oakland. The 7 p.m. meeting takes place at the Highland Activity Center located at 209 N. John Street in Highland. The meeting is open to the public and all residents interested in the update are welcome…