Including ‘electronic data’ in Constitution will secure our privacy rights

Op-ed by State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake In early June, I sponsored a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state’s constitution for electronic data and communications to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure under individual property rights. House Joint Resolution N (HJR N) overwhelmingly passed the Michigan House of Representatives. HJR N…

Curbing an abuse of court process

Op-ed by State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake The work life of a process server in Michigan is no picnic.  Your job is to deliver bad news to strangers.  At first glance, delivering some papers to folks at $26 per hour plus gas reimbursement for each successful service seems like a good deal. Rarely, however…

Constitutional amendment defining electronic property rights passes the House

A joint resolution sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad overwhelmingly passed the Michigan House of Representatives today proposing an amendment to the state’s constitution for electronic data and communications to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure under individual property rights. Constitutional amendments must be approved by a direct vote of the people if adopted…

Governor signs Rep. Runestad’s bill to remove culturally insensitive language

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, to remove culturally insensitive language that is no longer sufficient to describe the deaf and hard of hearing community. House Bill 5184, now Public Act 131 of 2016, amends the Division on Deafness Act by striking “deafness” and replacing it with…

House approves Rep. Runestad’s legislation to create bill of rights for foster children

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation that creates a statutory bill of rights for foster children entitled The Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy. State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, sponsored House Bill 4977 that outlines a foster child’s right to access the court system, including regular contact with their caseworkers, attorneys…

Area schools to receive additional state aid

House approves proposal increasing student foundation dollars Huron Valley Schools and Waterford School District are slated to see 2016-17 state funding amounts increased by about $120 per pupil under legislation approved today by the Michigan House. State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-Waterford, said House Bill 5291 concurs with the governor’s budget proposal that uses a two-times…

House approves Rep. Runestad bill to improve transparency online

Legislation requiring state department contact information and functions to be clearly described from the perspective of the public’s need to access services was approved by the state House today. House Bill 4814, authored by Rep. Jim Runestad, would create a new act called “the Electronic Open Access to Government Act.” The legislation would also require…

Rep. Runestad speaks in support of Parental Alienation Awareness Day

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, will be speaking at upcoming local rally in Auburn Hills to read a Proclamation signed by Gov. Snyder to declare April 25, 2016 as Parental Alienation Awareness Day in the state of Michigan. It’s an honor to be part of this rally and to support this tremendous movement fueled by…

Rep. Runestad encourages local residents to attend monthly office hours

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, invites residents of the 38th House District to attend his regularly scheduled monthly office hours. Rep. Runestad said he will meet with residents at three separate locations on the first Saturday of every month to listen to their concerns and suggestions and discuss state and local government at the…

Rep. Runestad introduces bills requiring refugee placement to become safer and more transparent

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today introduced legislation to make refugee placements in Michigan both safe and more transparent, while also giving local government a voice in the process as required by federal immigration law. House Bills 5528-5529 will protect both our communities and refugees entering our communities. Michigan receives more refugees per capita…

Lawmakers: New state education board LGBTQ policy erodes parental rights

Concerned parents, public must be able to stop potential changes A group of House lawmakers today condemned a draft policy initiative by the Michigan State Board of Education that could allow students to use any school restroom they choose and allow male students to try out for girls’ sports teams, all while keeping parents in…