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New bipartisan legislation places limits on legislators-turned-lobbyists

State Reps. Jim Runestad and David LaGrand have introduced a two-bill package to prevent legislators from immediately becoming lobbyists when they leave office. The bipartisan legislation institutes a minimum two-year “cooling-off” period before former legislators can become registered lobbyists. “Thirty other states have a cooling-off period for legislators to ensure they are working for their…

COLUMN: Swift and sure penalties needed to end culture of corruption

School employees and people who work for our local, state and federal governments are paid to serve the public, and they have a duty to maintain the public’s trust. Unfortunately, too many people break that trust and receive insignificant punishments. The most notable recent example of this in Michigan comes from the 12 principals from…

Rep. Runestad appointed to national committee on law, criminal justice and public safety

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake has been appointed to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. As part of this committee, Rep. Runestad shapes policy positions on homeland security, civil and criminal justice, and emergency management at the federal level. “I am honored by the opportunity to…

House approves bill cracking down on corruption

Public employees convicted of felony fraud lose portion of public retirement benefits under plan The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to increase penalties for public employees convicted of felony embezzlement and fraud. “Schools and communities across our state have been plagued by a culture of corruption…

Rep. Runestad champions House passage of open records bills

State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake Township, today lauded the overwhelming House passage of bipartisan legislation making state government more accountable to its taxpayers. Runestad said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the…

Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour in Highland Township

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host a coffee hour on Monday, March 20 at Highland Township Public Library, located at 444 Beach Farm Circle in Highland from 6 to 7:30 p.m. “Listening to the workers and residents of our community is a priority for me,” said Rep. Runestad. “I want to be…

State representatives form new Second Amendment Caucus

Bipartisan group vows to protect the fundamental right to bear arms A bipartisan group of state representatives, led by co-chairs Reps. Jim Runestad, Michele Hoitenga and Scott Dianda today announced the formation of a new Second Amendment Caucus. The caucus is comprised of 42 members of the Michigan House of Representatives who are committed to…

New bipartisan bill package protects children involved in abuse investigations

Legislation requires the recording of forensic interviews State Reps. Jim Runestad, Pamela Hornberger and Robert Kosowski today introduced a bipartisan bill package to require the recording of forensic interviews conducted with children involved in abuse and neglect investigations. Kosowski, of Westland, said protocol recommends that forensic interviews in child abuse investigations be video recorded, and…

Runestad calls on President Trump to assist religious minorities in Middle East

House Judiciary chair: Intervention is needed to end genocide State Rep. Jim Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, today announced he has sent a letter asking President Donald Trump to support the assistance of religious minorities in the Middle East, including Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria. “ISIS is targeting ancient monasteries and…

Runestad: Free speech shouldn’t be violated on college campuses

House Judiciary Chair urges review of policies censoring students, faculty State Rep. Jim Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, this week urged presidents at 15 universities across Michigan to review and reform policies restricting free speech on their campuses. The second-term representative sent letters this week to Michigan colleges that ranked poorly in the…

Rep. Runestad continues push for income tax relief in Michigan

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake today said he continues to support income tax relief as a common-sense reform that is long overdue for Michigan workers. In 2007, the income tax rate was temporarily increased due to a downturn in the economy with the explicit promise that a rate reduction would take place when…

Rep. Runestad joins colleagues in unveiling plan to move Michigan forward

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake joined colleagues today at the Capitol to unveil the 2017-2018 House Republican Action Plan, which is the guiding document for the upcoming legislative session. “Our society is only as strong as our most vulnerable population and the House Republican Action Plan outlines the need to place people above…