Improved officer protections approved by House committee

Improved protection for public safety officials, employees and volunteers in a prisoner housing or transportation environment was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee today. The bill would make it punishable by up to four years of imprisonment and a $2,000 fine to throw bodily material at an officer performing their assigned duties. The…

Rep. Iden’s transparency bill clears House committee

State Rep. Brandt Iden introduces legislation to make state government more accountable to Michigan residents. The bill is part of an 11-bill package focused on accountability and was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. “I believe transparency should be a hallmark of state government, just as it is for local governments and school…

Rep. Iden kicks off March is Reading Month at local schools

State Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo is celebrating March is Reading Month by visiting several elementary schools across Kalamazoo County to read to young students. “One of the most important gifts we can give children is the gift of reading,” Rep. Iden said. “Encouraging children to read sparks imagination, enriches their vocabularies and sets them…

Rep. Iden takes Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

On March 2, state Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo took part in the annual Legislative Polar Plunge on the Capitol lawn to benefit Special Olympics Michigan. Each year, lawmakers and others raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan by promising to plunge into the icy cold water. “This is a great event for an even better…

Rep. Iden announces grant to help create more than 100 local jobs

State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced a $1 million grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund will be used to help expand the Stryker Corporation in Portage and create an expected 105 jobs.  “I want to personally thank Stryker for their renewed commitment to the community,” Rep. Iden said. “This investment will be extremely beneficial in…

Rep. Iden introduces transparency legislation

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, would require all Michigan executive offices and branches to disclose salary information of state employees. This information will be posted on the Department of Technology and Management’s public website. “This legislation ensures transparency of government information for all Michigan citizens,” Iden said. The bill was…

Business leaders excited to work with Rep. Iden as chair of Regulatory Reform committee

Local business leaders have stepped forward to laud Rep. Brandt Iden’s appointment as Chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, citing his professional background and understanding of how state government can assist in fostering business growth and improving employment opportunities for all Michiganders. “A successful economy requires policies that allow business growth,” said Ken Miller,…

Kalamazoo County Sheriff, Rep. Iden speak before Law and Justice Committee

Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard C. Fuller III joined state Rep. Brandt Iden in testifying before the House Law and Justice Committee on legislation that would increase protections to officers during the transportation or housing of individuals under arrest or incarcerated. The bill would make it punishable by up to four years of imprisonment and a…

Rep. Iden: Action plan’s emphasis on voc ed is crucial

Increased focus on vocational education and jobs training stood out to state Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, during a news conference to announce the release of the 2017-18 House of Representatives’ Action Plan Thursday at the Capitol. “Vocational training is paramount to training the next generation of workers in Michigan,” Iden said. “There’s a growing…

Rep. Iden bill eliminates red tape for veterans’ tax exemptions

Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, recently submitted legislation that will simplify the application process for a Veterans Property Tax exemption. This exemption is available to disabled veterans who have served our country. The bill is in response to a neighbor who became frustrated with the process due to the unspecified application deadline. Current state law…

Rep. Iden: Help create Michigan jobs by improving business climate

Michigan can continue its economic comeback with a renewed push to reduce the regulatory burden on business, Rep. Brandt Iden said today. Iden, after his first meeting as chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, said the panel will have a sharp focus on continued job growth during the 2017-18 session of the Michigan Legislature….

Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden will host four office hour events within Kalamazoo County in February and March. “These events are a great way to connect with my neighbors on what matters most to them,” Iden said. “I hope local residents will join me to share any questions or concerns they have and I look forward…