Rep. Runestad calls for oversight in civil asset forfeiture process

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake testified today before the House Judiciary Committee in support of legislation bringing more oversight and transparency to Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture process. Civil asset forfeiture is the procedure by which law enforcement officers can seize property they believe was gained from or used during the commission of a…

Rep. Runestad recognizes local Girl Scout at state Capitol

State Rep. Jim Runestad welcomed Girl Scout leader Haley Whitmore of White Lake to the House floor on Wednesday. Whitmore successfully developed a suicide prevention program that reached over 9,000 students in the Huron Valley School District for her Girl Scouts community project. Rep. Runestad was joined by Whitmore’s family and Lakeland High School activities…

Runestad: Adults should have jobs or be in school to receive Medicaid

Legislation ensures Medicaid program stays in the black State Rep. Jim Runestad introduced legislation Wednesday that would initiate a work requirement program for eligible Medicaid recipients. Last month, President Trump announced the federal government would accept waivers from states to allow for Medicaid work requirements. Runestad’s bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Runestad on March 9

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, March 9. “I always value the opportunity to meet community members and discuss important issues,” Rep. Runestad said. “Residents interested in discussing legislative matters or have questions related to state government…

House approves Runestad bill cracking down on corrupt process servers

State Rep. Jim Runestad’s legislation creating more accountability for officials tasked with serving legal notices was approved today by the Michigan House. Runestad, of White Lake, said ensuring people are given proper notice of court proceedings is fundamental to their due process rights. “Our judicial system relies on process servers to do their jobs honestly…

Rep. Runestad announces March is Reading Month tour

State Rep. Jim Runestad today announced his March is Reading Month tour in southeastern Michigan. During March, the lawmaker will visit four elementary schools in White Lake and Milford to celebrate the month-long reading event. March is Reading Month is an annual educational program designed to recognize the importance of reading inside and outside the…

House approves legislation protecting children involved in abuse investigations

Bipartisan bill package requires the recording of forensic interviews Legislation aimed at bringing additional clarity to legal matters involving allegations of child abuse and neglect was approved today in the Michigan House with overwhelming support. State Reps. Jim Runestad, Robert Kosowski and Pamela Hornberger sponsored the bipartisan three-bill package requiring all forensic interviews conducted at…

Rep. Runestad helps Michigan House approve more money for road repairs

Plan includes money specifically for Milford, Oakland County Roads in Oakland County would benefit from legislation approved today by state Rep. Jim Runestad and the Michigan House. The $175 million bill provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early as this summer. “Our roads are in desperate need of repair and…

Runestad: Universities could be subject to new legislative oversight

The House Oversight Committee today approved a joint resolution offered by state Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake that amends the state’s Constitution, allowing the Legislature to make laws governing the protection of free speech on Michigan’s public university and public community college campuses. “The expression of diverse viewpoints is foundational to the process of…

Rep. Runestad announces scholarship opportunities

Rep. Jim Runestad today announced two scholarship opportunities provided by the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund for students who have participated in livestock and dairy exhibition events. The Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund award is available to youths that have exhibited at the Michigan State Fair, Michigan Livestock Expo, or Michigan Dairy Expo for a…

Rep. Runestad cancels office hours due to winter storm

State Rep. Jim Runestad is canceling his Friday, Feb. 9 office hours due to impending inclement weather in Oakland County and across the state. “The safety of my constituents is a top priority of mine and I want my office hours to be as convenient and accessible as possible,” Rep. Runestad said. “I will be…

Public administrator reform bills signed into law

AG Schuette commends passage of Runestad’s legislation Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today applauded the Legislature for the passage of two bills that were signed into law. Now Public Acts 13 and 14 of 2018, the bills seek to make critical and necessary changes to the state public administrator system. The changes are aimed at…