Libraries provide essential community resources

Op-ed by State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake The 396 Michigan public libraries serve five million children, teens and adults. Today, more than ever, libraries serve a critical need in our society. Our libraries provide computer access for state business, Secretary of State’s driver license and registration renewals, Michigan Works, Federal tax filing, job hunting…

Rep. Runestad raises awareness for children in state foster care system

November is Adoption Month in Michigan State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, praised Gov. Rick Snyder today for his recent proclamation declaring November to be Adoption Month in Michigan and Nov. 22 to be Adoption Day. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with adoption agencies and the courts work to find…

Shared parenting debated in House Committee; Resolution Advanced

The House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors took testimony today on changing the name of the Child Custody Act to the Shared Parenting Act and a presumption of shared parenting in separation and divorce. A resolution was also adopted acknowledging the harmful effects on children of parent behaviors that disrupt a child’s relationship with…

Rep. Runestad introduces parental alienation resolution to raise awareness

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, introduced House Resolution 327 Wednesday to encourage awareness and sensitivity to the concept of parental alienation in the state. The resolution states that parental alienation can arise during and after divorces from behaviors including speaking negatively about a parent and inappropriate discussions with a child on details that are…

Rep. Runestad hosts Milford police officer at state Capitol

Lt. Michael Lauridsen attends 9/11 Memorial Ceremony with lawmaker State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, welcomed Lt. Michael Lauridsen of the Milford Police Department to the Michigan state Capitol for the annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Michigan House of Representatives on Thursday. The ceremony, held on the House floor, marked the 15th anniversary…

Rep. Runestad completes Council of State Governments’ annual legislative leadership program

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, was among 36 lawmakers to attend a legislative development program that assists emerging state and provincial leaders in the Midwest. Rep. Runestad met with fellow colleagues from Michigan, lawmakers from eleven Midwestern states and three Canadian provinces on August 12-16, in Wisconsin for the Council of State Governments’ 22nd…

Including ‘electronic data’ in Constitution will secure our privacy rights

Op-ed by State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake In early June, I sponsored a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state’s constitution for electronic data and communications to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure under individual property rights. House Joint Resolution N (HJR N) overwhelmingly passed the Michigan House of Representatives. HJR N…

Curbing an abuse of court process

Op-ed by State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake The work life of a process server in Michigan is no picnic.  Your job is to deliver bad news to strangers.  At first glance, delivering some papers to folks at $26 per hour plus gas reimbursement for each successful service seems like a good deal. Rarely, however…

Constitutional amendment defining electronic property rights passes the House

A joint resolution sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad overwhelmingly passed the Michigan House of Representatives today proposing an amendment to the state’s constitution for electronic data and communications to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure under individual property rights. Constitutional amendments must be approved by a direct vote of the people if adopted…

Governor signs Rep. Runestad’s bill to remove culturally insensitive language

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder 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, now Public Act 131 of 2016, amends the Division on Deafness Act by striking “deafness” and replacing it with…

House approves Rep. Runestad’s legislation to create bill of rights for foster children

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation that creates a statutory bill of rights for foster children entitled The Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy. State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, sponsored House Bill 4977 that outlines a foster child’s right to access the court system, including regular contact with their caseworkers, attorneys…