September Legislative Update

A legislator represents their district, but it is the people who should feel empowered to identify the solutions to our states’ greatest challenges. I’ve made it a priority to focus on making our community an even better place to live for all of us. This starts by listening. I want to thank everyone who has…

Deportations must be thoughtful when torture and death are possible

I consider myself a staunch law-and-order legislator. My passion for the rule of law is what motivated me to run for office, and during my first term, I introduced measures to enforce penalties for sanctuary cities and prevent taxpayer dollars from funding companies hiring illegal workers. However, I also consider myself a humane citizen of…

It’s time to embrace fathers who want active role in parenting

As we prepare to sit down at picnic tables, enjoy time at the lake or gather at cottages across Michigan to celebrate Father’s Day, it’s time for Michigan to begin a serious dialogue on initiatives that encourage dads to be actively engaged in the lives of their children. Nationwide, 40 percent of children today live…

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…

Representative Runestad Looks Forward to Challenge of House Judiciary Chair

As we begin the 99th Legislature in the Michigan House of Representatives, I’m ready to continue working hard to find solutions to crucial issues important to families here in Oakland County. With that said, I am honored to have been appointed as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. This is where we review matters pertaining…

Protecting Michigan residents and resources

Refugees are placed in states through the Federal Refugee Resettlement program, a federally funded program that contracts with vendor agencies to coordinate placements and support services for refugee families coming into our country. After reviewing reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office that state and local input is essential to the safety of the federal…

Give communities say on refugees resettlement

The heinous attack in Paris by Islamic State terrorists is an example of how this group of extremists continues to infiltrate peaceful communities worldwide and wreak havoc. As a result of the unprovoked attack by ISIS in France, many governors in America including Gov. Rick Snyder, suspended relocation of Syrian refugees to communities in their…

Due process missing from legislation

When our Founding Fathers considered government’s role as it pertains to personal property, they took great pains to ensure that property would be protected from unwarranted seizure by the government. The Fifth Amendment, contained in the Bill of Rights, states: “Nor shall (anyone) be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law;…

Oakland County needs electricity choices, not a monopoly

Sometimes it takes a headline from a completely unrelated subject to bring confirmation and articulation to one’s own issue. That happened recently. American Airlines announced it will begin matching the fares of other, no-frills airlines. “More competition, like we’re seeing here, generally means good things for consumers,” said Melissa Hinkle, editor of cheapflights.com, “including more…

Ending bad laws with good ones

By state Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake   Sometimes you come across a state law that is so absurd that it makes you wonder – what were they thinking? At least that’s what I recently thought while the House debated passage of a good piece of legislation, Senate Bill 281, which ends what can only…

Protecting privacy in age of technology

I believe law enforcement officials should use all the legitimate technology they possess when it comes to battling crime. However, as an advocate of personal liberty, I believe also in protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens by adding the proper guidelines to prevent the misuse of these new technologies. That concern includes the use of…

Protecting rights is priority in drone use

I was concerned, as I am sure many people were, to read that a surveillance airplane connected to the FBI was flying over our local communities – including ones I represent such as White Lake Township – and possibly gathering information from cell phones or taking high-definition photographs. According to reports obtained by the Detroit…