Rep. Runestad keynote speaker at Highland Equestrian Conservancy

State Rep. Jim Runestad will be a keynote speaker Nov. 15 at the annual meeting of the Highland Equestrian Conservancy, a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the rural heritage of Highland Township. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, will discuss legislation that could impact rural communities such as Highland Township. Also speaking at the noon event will…

Rep. Runestad testifies about need for organizational charts

Information would help citizens navigate state departments   State Rep. Jim Runestad today testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics, urging lawmakers to support his bill requiring all government departments to post easy-to-follow organizational charts so citizens can easily contact public servants. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, author of House Bill 4814, said he…

Hospitals will have lower electric costs under Rep. Runestad bill

Measure increases energy choice for health-care facilities   Hospitals will benefit from reduced energy costs under a bill introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad that increases energy choice and competition in the state. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said House Bill 5005 allows all hospitals in Michigan – profit and nonprofit, including all inpatient health care…

Rep. Runestad bill is part of landmark property rights package

Measures close the loopholes in civil asset forfeiture   The Michigan Senate recently approved a bipartisan bill package that reforms Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture laws, creating clear, reasonable standards to protect individual rights and clarify what constitutes the lawful seizure of property by authorities. State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, who serves on the House…

Rep. Runestad introduces bill on eligibility verification

Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today introduced House Bill 4926 to bring ‘E-verification’ to state contracts as he successfully did as an Oakland County commissioner. The bill would require the use of ‘E-Verify’ to ensure public contracts are performed by employees who are entitled to work in the United States. “During my time in Oakland…

Rep. Runestad welcomes local student as Rep. for a Day

Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, welcomed third grade Dublin Elementary student Maddie Bruss to the state capital to take part in the “Rep for a Day” event. Among the highlights for the students was a swearing-in ceremony on the House floor, a tour of the Capitol building and participation in a mock committee hearing. “I…

Rep. Runestad joins listening panel to hear from foster parents

Policymakers to hear tales of success, challenges   State Rep. Jim Runestad will join a collection of other policymakers this month on a listening panel to hear directly from the caregivers of children in foster care. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, will join others in the Speaker’s library at the state Capitol on Sept. 22 to…

Local first responders join Rep. Runestad for Sept. 11 ceremony

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, was joined today on the Capitol rotunda by White Lake Township Police Chief Adam Kline and Milford Chief of Police Tom Lindberg prior to the House of Representatives’ Sept. 11 memorial service on the House floor. House members invited first responders and members of the military as their guests…

Rep. Runestad reminds drivers to be aware of school buses

State Rep. Jim Runestad today reminded drivers that school buses will soon be back on area roads, urging them to observe laws to protect children getting on and off the bus. He also encouraged parents to discuss safety issues with their children if they take the bus, walk or ride a bike to school. Rep….

Rep. Runestad reminds kids: Summer reading contest ends soon

State Rep. Jim Runestad today said his summer reading program will come to an end soon for students in the 44th House District, including the townships of Highland, White Lake, Springfield, Milford and parts of Waterford, as well as the village of Milford. Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, said it is important to maintain reading skills…

Lawmakers drafting legislation to subject DIA to Open Meetings Act, FOIA laws

Bills currently being drafted by state Reps. Ken Goike and Jim Runestad would subject the Detroit Institute of Arts to the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act in an effort to encourage more transparency from the organization that is under fire for giving hefty raises and bonuses to its top officials. The…

Speaker taps Rep. Runestad to attend Child Welfare Roundtable

National discussion focuses on policies to bolster families   House Speaker Kevin Cotter has named state Rep. Jim Runestad to attend the National Council on State Legislatures’ 2015 Child Welfare Fiscal and Policy Leaders Roundtable in Seattle next week. Speaker Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, said Rep. Runestad, R-White Lake, is extremely knowledgeable in the field of…