Bipartisan legislation protects personal financial information

Bills provide consumer options for sharing   Legislation introduced today protects personal financial information from being automatically shared by banks and credit unions. This bipartisan three-bill package requires banks, savings banks and credit unions to request permission to share personal information when customers apply for loans. The bills in the package include HB 5227, introduced…

Rep. Runestad announces new location for office hours

State Rep. Jim Runestad today announced a change in one of the locations where he hosts monthly office hours. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said he will meet with residents on the first Saturday of every month to listen to their concerns and suggestions and discuss state and local government at the following locations: Leo’s Coney…

Rep. Runestad maintains perfect voting record during 2015

State Rep. Jim Runestad posted a perfect voting record during the first year of the current legislative session. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, was present and cast votes on all 504 roll calls during 2015. “I was sent to Lansing to work hard for the residents of our communities, and I make it a priority to…

Rep. Runestad calls on Obama to declare ISIS action genocide

State Rep. Jim Runestad today introduced a House resolution calling on President Obama to declare ISIS terrorism as an act of genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s violent terrorist attacks against religious minorities must be considered genocide, which…

Rep. Runestad invites students to enter program design contest

Art could grace State of the State document   State Rep. Jim Runestad today encouraged students of all grades to take part in a contest to design the cover of the State of the State address program. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said students from kindergarten through high school should consider participating in the contest. Gov….

Rep. Runestad’s bills protect state from possible terrorists

Measures offer local, state governments more options   State Rep. Jim Runestad recently drafted legislation giving state and local governments the ability to regulate which refugees are allowed to resettle in their communities, as well as suspending an existing admission program until the state’s system of vetting the backgrounds of refugees can be reviewed. Rep….

Rep. Runestad keynote speaker at Highland Equestrian Conservancy

State Rep. Jim Runestad will be a keynote speaker Nov. 15 at the annual meeting of the Highland Equestrian Conservancy, a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the rural heritage of Highland Township. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, will discuss legislation that could impact rural communities such as Highland Township. Also speaking at the noon event will…

Rep. Runestad testifies about need for organizational charts

Information would help citizens navigate state departments   State Rep. Jim Runestad today testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics, urging lawmakers to support his bill requiring all government departments to post easy-to-follow organizational charts so citizens can easily contact public servants. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, author of House Bill 4814, said he…

Hospitals will have lower electric costs under Rep. Runestad bill

Measure increases energy choice for health-care facilities   Hospitals will benefit from reduced energy costs under a bill introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad that increases energy choice and competition in the state. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said House Bill 5005 allows all hospitals in Michigan – profit and nonprofit, including all inpatient health care…

Rep. Runestad bill is part of landmark property rights package

Measures close the loopholes in civil asset forfeiture   The Michigan Senate recently approved a bipartisan bill package that reforms Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture laws, creating clear, reasonable standards to protect individual rights and clarify what constitutes the lawful seizure of property by authorities. State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, who serves on the House…

Rep. Runestad introduces bill on eligibility verification

Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today introduced House Bill 4926 to bring ‘E-verification’ to state contracts as he successfully did as an Oakland County commissioner. The bill would require the use of ‘E-Verify’ to ensure public contracts are performed by employees who are entitled to work in the United States. “During my time in Oakland…

Rep. Runestad welcomes local student as Rep. for a Day

Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, welcomed third grade Dublin Elementary student Maddie Bruss to the state capital to take part in the “Rep for a Day” event. Among the highlights for the students was a swearing-in ceremony on the House floor, a tour of the Capitol building and participation in a mock committee hearing. “I…