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…

Declaration of Acts as Genocide Supported by Rep. Runestad

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today praised the federal government for finally declaring ISIS actions to be genocide against Chaldeans, and other Christian and religious minorities in the Middle East. Rep. Runestad is sponsoring a House resolution urging the federal government to declare ISIS activities as an act of genocide. U.S. Secretary of State…

Rep. Runestad statement on emergency Detroit Public School funds vote

Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan passage of House Bills 5296, which provides $48.7 million in supplemental funds to continue the education of Detroit Public School (DPS) students with financial oversight: “Supporting this funding for DPS was required to ensure the state complies with its constitutional obligations to…

House approves Rep. Runestad’s bill removing culturally insensitive language

Today the Michigan House of Representatives 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 amends the Division on Deafness Act by striking “deafness” and replacing it with “deaf, deafblind, and hard…

Rep. Runestad plans school visits during March is Reading Month

Lawmaker urges kids to explore and enjoy books   State Rep. Jim Runestad will visit several area elementary schools in March to read to children, encouraging students to explore books during March is Reading Month. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said that once children engage in a topic that thoroughly interests them, they begin to devour…

Rep. Runestad bill establishes board to regulate surveillance

Panel will set limits on collection of private data   State Rep. Jim Runestad has introduced legislation establishing a board to develop rules regulating the collection and use of private of data from surveillance devices. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said House Bill 5419 establishes the Surveillance Technology Board within the Department of State Police, bringing…

Lawmakers present tribute to synchronized skating team

Skaters earned Sectionals bronze medal, placed fifth in Nationals   State Reps. Jim Tedder and Jim Runestad, along with state Sen. Dave Robertson, presented a legislative tribute to a synchronized ice skating team that won a bronze medal in sectional competition and placed fifth in the nationals. The lawmakers presented the tribute to the Creative…