House approves Rep. Runestad’s bill removing culturally insensitive language

Today the Michigan House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, to remove culturally insensitive language that is no longer sufficient to describe the deaf and hard of hearing community. House Bill 5184 amends the Division on Deafness Act by striking “deafness” and replacing it with “deaf, deafblind, and hard…

Rep. Runestad plans school visits during March is Reading Month

Lawmaker urges kids to explore and enjoy books   State Rep. Jim Runestad will visit several area elementary schools in March to read to children, encouraging students to explore books during March is Reading Month. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said that once children engage in a topic that thoroughly interests them, they begin to devour…

Rep. Runestad bill establishes board to regulate surveillance

Panel will set limits on collection of private data   State Rep. Jim Runestad has introduced legislation establishing a board to develop rules regulating the collection and use of private of data from surveillance devices. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said House Bill 5419 establishes the Surveillance Technology Board within the Department of State Police, bringing…

Lawmakers present tribute to synchronized skating team

Skaters earned Sectionals bronze medal, placed fifth in Nationals   State Reps. Jim Tedder and Jim Runestad, along with state Sen. Dave Robertson, presented a legislative tribute to a synchronized ice skating team that won a bronze medal in sectional competition and placed fifth in the nationals. The lawmakers presented the tribute to the Creative…

GOP lawmakers introduce constitutional carry bills

Legislation removes requirement for government permit   Legislation enabling law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons for self-protection without possessing a government-issued permit to do so was introduced today by four House Republicans. House Bills 5301-5304 were introduced by state Reps. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville; Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; Triston Cole, R-Mancelona; and Jim Runestad, R-White Lake. The…

Rep. Runestad: Enjoy Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 13 and 14

State Rep. Jim Runestad today said anglers will be able to go after the big ones on Michigan lakes without fishing licenses during Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 13 and 14. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said there are more than 350 lakes in Oakland County, providing Michiganders and non-residents lots of opportunities to drop a…

Bipartisan legislation protects personal financial information

Bills provide consumer options for sharing   Legislation introduced today protects personal financial information from being automatically shared by banks and credit unions. This bipartisan three-bill package requires banks, savings banks and credit unions to request permission to share personal information when customers apply for loans. The bills in the package include HB 5227, introduced…

Rep. Runestad announces new location for office hours

State Rep. Jim Runestad today announced a change in one of the locations where he hosts monthly office hours. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said he will meet with residents on the first Saturday of every month to listen to their concerns and suggestions and discuss state and local government at the following locations: Leo’s Coney…

Rep. Runestad maintains perfect voting record during 2015

State Rep. Jim Runestad posted a perfect voting record during the first year of the current legislative session. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, was present and cast votes on all 504 roll calls during 2015. “I was sent to Lansing to work hard for the residents of our communities, and I make it a priority to…

Rep. Runestad calls on Obama to declare ISIS action genocide

State Rep. Jim Runestad today introduced a House resolution calling on President Obama to declare ISIS terrorism as an act of genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s violent terrorist attacks against religious minorities must be considered genocide, which…

Rep. Runestad invites students to enter program design contest

Art could grace State of the State document   State Rep. Jim Runestad today encouraged students of all grades to take part in a contest to design the cover of the State of the State address program. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said students from kindergarten through high school should consider participating in the contest. Gov….

Rep. Runestad’s bills protect state from possible terrorists

Measures offer local, state governments more options   State Rep. Jim Runestad recently drafted legislation giving state and local governments the ability to regulate which refugees are allowed to resettle in their communities, as well as suspending an existing admission program until the state’s system of vetting the backgrounds of refugees can be reviewed. Rep….