State House declares Oct. 1-7 Free Speech Week

The House of Representatives today approved a bipartisan resolution offered by state Rep. Jim Runestad to declare Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 to be Free Speech Week in the state of Michigan. The resolution states the First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and assembly as an inalienable right, and that public institutions have an obligation…

Rep. Runestad welcomes parenting advocates to the Capitol

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake welcomed a group of mothers, stepmothers and grandmothers to the Capitol for their inaugural Michigan Women for Shared Parenting legislative day on Wednesday. The women, representing 10 counties, traveled to Lansing from around the state to meet with legislators and discuss their support of family court reforms. Each…

Legislation combating probate fraud gains committee approval

Reps. Runestad, Ellison work with AG’s office, Oakland County officials to protect heirs from corrupt public administrators The House Judiciary Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Reps. Jim Runestad and Jim Ellison to combat probate fraud by requiring more safeguards for heirs of an estate. The bipartisan legislation was developed with input from the…

Bill protecting concealed pistol license holders gains committee approval

Rep. Runestad: People who forget to renew CPL do not deserve felony charge The House Judiciary Committee chaired by state Rep. Jim Runestad today advanced legislation protecting concealed pistol license holders from facing excessive and unreasonable punishment simply for forgetting to renew their licenses before the expiration date. CPL holders currently face the possibility of…

Rep. Runestad presents flag to family of fallen Milford sailor

State Rep. Jim Runestad welcomed the family of Petty Officer Kenneth Aaron Smith to the House floor on Wednesday. Smith was an Electronics Technician, 3rd Class aboard the USS John S. McCain when the guided-missile destroyer was involved in a collision with an oil tanker east of Singapore last month. Smith was among the 10…

Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour in Milford

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host an open office hour on Monday, Sept. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Milford Public Library located at 330 Family Drive in Milford. “I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing issues that are important to them,” Rep. Runestad said. “I encourage anyone…

Schuette supports reforms to state public administrator system

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Thursday announced his support for legislation recently introduced by Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, and Rep. Jim Ellison, D-Royal Oak, that makes critical changes to the state public administrator system. The changes are aimed at combatting probate abuse by requiring a more thorough search for heirs and sets up…

Rep. Runestad memorializes local firefighter during House ceremony

State Rep. Jim Runestad today took part in the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service, reading the name of a fallen Milford volunteer firefighter who died in February in the line of duty. Runestad, of White Lake, said Milford Volunteer Firefighter Ron Savage was participating in a training exercise when he passed away. Runestad…

Rep. Runestad’s bills require citizenship for scholarships, housing

Bill package limits benefits for illegal residents State Rep. Jim Runestad recently introduced legislation that prevents illegal residents in Michigan from eligibility for scholarships involving state funds and housing assistance through a state agency. Runestad, of White Lake, said only legal United States citizens should be eligible to receive financial aid through the Michigan Promise…

Governor signs Runestad’s bill establishing body camera guidelines

Legislation balances privacy rights, accountability Gov. Rick Snyder today signed a bill introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad giving law enforcement agencies clear guidelines for the recordings made by police body cameras. Runestad’s legislation, which received unanimous approval from both the House and Senate, establishes rules for retaining and releasing footage recorded on body cameras…

Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour sessions in July and August

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, July 14 and Friday, Aug. 18. The coffee hours are at the following locations and times for both dates: 8 to 9 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island, 6845 Highland Road in White Lake; 10 to 11…

House committee advances Runestad’s shared parenting legislation

State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, today praised his colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee for advancing legislation establishing shared custody with equal parenting time as the starting point during child custody deliberations. “The current system profits by pitting divorcing parents against each other in an ugly competition over who is the better parent,”…