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…

Rep. Runestad: Michigan saves public tax dollars by being smarter on crime

State Rep. Jim Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee and member of the Michigan Criminal Justice Policy Commission, today applauded law enforcement and court officials across the state who have worked hard in recent years to take a smarter approach to crime. As a result, Michigan’s prison population has hit a 20-year low, allowing…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Runestad on Feb. 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, Feb. 9. “Monthly office hours are a great way to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Runestad said. “Listening to the concerns of people in our communities is one of…

Budget amendment would require reporting of universities’ legal expenditures

House Judiciary chair urges transparency on legal expenses of Michigan’s public universities and community colleges   State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, today presented to the House Clerk’s office an amendment to the School Aid Act requiring Michigan’s public universities and colleges to report their expenditures for legal fees…

Rep. Runestad votes to provide tax relief to Michigan families

State Rep. Jim Runestad today voted to approve a package of bills aimed at providing substantial income tax relief for families and seniors. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes. Runestad, of White Lake, voted for the three-bill package that will enable people to keep…

House Judiciary chair urges oversight of universities’ legal expenditures

Budget amendment requires reporting on legal expenses of Michigan’s public institutions   State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, today announced he has requested an amendment to the state budget requiring Michigan’s public universities and colleges to report their expenditures for legal fees to the Legislature. Runestad, who testified before…

Rep. Runestad announces FIRST Robotics grants to Huron Valley Schools

State Rep. Jim Runestad today announced a combined grant award of $9,600 to FIRST Robotics programs in the Huron Valley school district from the Michigan Department of Education. The Heroes of Tomorrow team was awarded $2,500, with STEAM Works, The Bionic Warriors, The STEAM Singers, and VALLIBOTS securing $1,300 each and the Bionic Hawks and…