Rep. Iden joins Michigan House in approving more money for road repairs

Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo today voted to approve legislation that pumps an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as early as this summer. “We have experienced multiple thaws and freezes this winter and because of that, the roads have taken a toll,” Iden said. “We have the opportunity to immediately increase our…

Rep. Iden votes to end driver responsibility fees, forgive debt

Bills head to the governor for consideration   State Rep. Brandt Iden today voted for bipartisan legislation which will eliminate burdensome driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1 and forgives all outstanding debt. Iden, of Oshtemo Township, said hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents were impacted by the fees, which were contrived during the Granholm administration…

House bills to improve crime reporting for victims

Nassar case results in legislation to eliminate barriers for reporting sexual offenses A three-bill package has been introduced to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses in response to the recent Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University. State Reps. Klint Kesto, Kim LaSata and Brandt Iden are sponsors of the legislation. “After the…

Iden bills streamlining court-appointed receivership procedures signed into law

Guidelines offer consistency for cases in which an official is needed to step in and run or sell a business Legislation introduced by state Rep. Brandt Iden creating consistent rules for officials appointed by courts to oversee the sale of commercial property in Michigan was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder. Iden, of…

Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during local coffee hours in February. “Hosting coffee hours helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to people in our community,” Iden said. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they have about…

Rep. Iden legislation to improve protections to first responders, corrections personnel approved

The state House on Wednesday approved two separate bill packages including legislation by state Rep. Brandt Iden, updating protections to law enforcement, fireman, emergency medical personnel and corrections officials. “Over the past week alone, we’ve had three law enforcement officers shot at simply for being police arriving on scene,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “This…

Rep. Iden: Time to reduce ransomware problem affecting Michigan

The Michigan House today voted to advance a bill proposed by state Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, prohibiting the possession of computer ransomware with intent to use. Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to a computer or freeze essential files until a “ransom” payment is made to restore access. It is a growing…

Rep. Iden welcomes WMU trustee for State of the State

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden (left) of Oshtemo is pictured with Western Michigan University Trustee Lynn Chen-Zhang and her husband, Charles Zhang. Iden and his visitors watched Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.

Rep. Iden applauds work of House mental health task force

Legislator optimistic about changes on the horizon State Rep. Brandt Iden today said he looks forward to the many legislative changes that will result from the House’s mental health task force report unveiled this week, which includes recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system. The bipartisan task force spent five months…

Rep. Iden announces FIRST Robotics grants

State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced 2.5 million dollars in state grant awards to several local FIRST Robotics teams. “FIRST teaches students the skills necessary to prepare them to be successful in the 21st century economy,” Iden said. “I am incredibly proud to support this program that will inspire young people to be science and…

Rep. Iden: 2017 improved business climate, quality of life for Kalamazoo County

In 2017, I supported many policies at your state Capitol to improve lives throughout our county and all across Michigan. I voted for a state budget that keeps government accountable for all tax dollars and invests in priorities important to families. The budget – covering a fiscal year that began on October 1st, 2017 —…

Michigan House committee approves Rep. Iden’s online gaming legislation

The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee today approved Rep. Brandt Iden’s proposal to legalize online casino gaming with overwhelming bipartisan support. Iden’s legislation would allow internet-based gaming only through casinos currently operating in Michigan, including Detroit’s three casinos and any tribal casino that reworks its compact with the state to reflect the new technology. Safeguards…