Rep. Runestad joins listening panel to hear from foster parents

Policymakers to hear tales of success, challenges   State Rep. Jim Runestad will join a collection of other policymakers this month on a listening panel to hear directly from the caregivers of children in foster care. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, will join others in the Speaker’s library at the state Capitol on Sept. 22 to…

Local first responders join Rep. Runestad for Sept. 11 ceremony

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, was joined today on the Capitol rotunda by White Lake Township Police Chief Adam Kline and Milford Chief of Police Tom Lindberg prior to the House of Representatives’ Sept. 11 memorial service on the House floor. House members invited first responders and members of the military as their guests…

Rep. Runestad reminds drivers to be aware of school buses

State Rep. Jim Runestad today reminded drivers that school buses will soon be back on area roads, urging them to observe laws to protect children getting on and off the bus. He also encouraged parents to discuss safety issues with their children if they take the bus, walk or ride a bike to school. Rep….

Rep. Runestad reminds kids: Summer reading contest ends soon

State Rep. Jim Runestad today said his summer reading program will come to an end soon for students in the 44th House District, including the townships of Highland, White Lake, Springfield, Milford and parts of Waterford, as well as the village of Milford. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said it is important to maintain reading skills…

Lawmakers drafting legislation to subject DIA to Open Meetings Act, FOIA laws

Bills currently being drafted by state Reps. Ken Goike and Jim Runestad would subject the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act in an effort to encourage more transparency from the organization that is under fire for giving hefty raises and bonuses to its top officials. The…

Speaker taps Rep. Runestad to attend Child Welfare Roundtable

National discussion focuses on policies to bolster families   House Speaker Kevin Cotter has named state Rep. Jim Runestad to attend the National Council on State Legislatures’ 2015 Child Welfare Fiscal and Policy Leaders Roundtable in Seattle next week. Speaker Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, said Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, is extremely knowledgeable in the field of…

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…