Bipartisan effort seeks to raise Michigan’s smoking age to 21, change other tobacco laws

A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers today detailed legislation that would raise the state’s legal smoking age to 21 and make other important changes to the state’s tobacco laws. Other revisions include banning tobacco product vending machines, enhanced hookah tobacco regulations and modified penalties for those who break the law. “The Michigan Constitution directs the…

Rep. Bizon votes in favor of ‘right to carry’ legislation

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon, of Battle Creek, today voted on the House floor to support a four-bill package allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without a permit. “People deserve to exercise the right to bear arms laid out in the U.S. Constitution without getting the government’s permission and purchasing a license,” Bizon said….

Rep. Bizon heralds cost-cutting in House-passed budget

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon, of Battle Creek, today voted in to approve the state budget, praising the spending blueprint for fiscal restraint and common-sense financial responsibility. Bizon – an ear, nose and throat doctor for nearly four decades – is chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Medicaid and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on…

Fiscally responsible budget approved for community colleges

The House Community Colleges Subcommittee on Appropriations last week approved a fiscally sound budget that funds Michigan’s priorities while using taxpayer dollars wisely, state Rep. Dr. John Bizon announced. “The budget for community colleges will continue to give support to Michigan students and their future careers,” said Bizon, of Battle Creek. “Community colleges will also…

Rep. Bizon approves military and veterans budget recommendations

Plan includes funding for GR Home, Jacobetti and Youth Challenge Academy The House Military and Veterans Affairs Budget Subcommittee today approved its recommendations for the 2017-18 budget. State Rep. John Bizon, of Battle Creek, who chairs the subcommittee, said a major priority was ensuring that the Grand Rapids and D.J. Jacobetti Homes for Veterans received…

Rep. Bizon votes again to increase state government transparency

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in voting for legislation to make state government more accountable to the residents of Michigan. Bizon, of Battle Creek, said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for…

Rep. Bizon says education, health care among priorities

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon of Battle Creek emphasized education and health care as highlights of the 2017-18 House Republican Action Plan released today. The wide-ranging plan lists top priorities over the next two years to help continue Michigan’s economic growth and improve the quality of life for residents across the state. Michigan is making…

Bizon, Jones introduce bills to create African-American Affairs Commission

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon and state Sen. Rick Jones have introduced legislation to establish an African-American Affairs Commission in Michigan. “It’s important for the state to take into consideration the entirety of our population,” said Bizon, of Battle Creek. “This commission will address specifically the needs of our African-American community, making sure they are…

Rep. Bizon hosts coffee hours in Albion, Battle Creek

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon will host coffee hours this month in Albion and Battle Creek. The details: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at Maria’s Garden Family Restaurant located at 1410 N. Eaton St. in Albion. 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at The Pancake House located at 185 Capital…

Rep. Bizon: Step up to support heart health for women

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon of Battle Creek encouraged support today for efforts aimed at improving heart health, particularly among women. The first step? Wear red on Friday – National Wear Red Day – to show support for research related to cardiovascular health. Bizon co-sponsored a resolution approved by the Michigan House to declare Feb….

Rep. Bizon continues quest for more state government transparency

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon of Battle Creek today renewed his efforts to make Michigan’s state government more open and accountable. Bizon joined a bipartisan coalition in the Michigan House announcing a proposal to make Michigan’s governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The proposal also calls for a similar disclosure…

Bizon to chair two House Appropriations subcommittees

State Rep. Dr. John Bizon, of Battle Creek, will chair two key subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today. Bizon – an ear, nose and throat doctor for nearly four decades – will chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Medicaid during the 2017-18 legislative term. The U.S. Air Force veteran also…