Rep. Iden votes to eliminate driver responsibility fees

Bipartisan legislation also forgives debt   State Rep. Brandt Iden today joined a strong majority of his House colleagues in voting for bipartisan legislation that ends driver responsibility fees. Iden, of Oshtemo Township, said the fees were contrived by a previous administration in 2003 as a last-minute answer to a budget shortfall. The fees placed…

Rep. Iden bill creating savings opportunities for community colleges is signed

Michigan’s community colleges will now have increased ability when it comes to funding forward-thinking infrastructure and energy efficient development, thanks to legislation proposed by state Rep. Brandt Iden and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Lease-purchase agreements do not demand up front full payments like bonding debts and act as a pay-as-you-go system. Money community colleges…

House OKs pilot program to aid in battle against opioid abuse

Iden says Kalamazoo County work could benefit entire state   The Michigan House of Representatives today approved funding for a Kalamazoo County pilot program to fight opioid abuse that state Rep. Brandt Iden said will have statewide significance. Iden, of Oshtemo, said he worked with Appropriations Committee Chair Laura Cox to have funding included in…

Rep. Iden bill increasing abilities for state’s cybersecurity volunteers becomes law

Michigan has further improved on its already robust cybersecurity efforts after a bill proposed by state Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo today was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Iden’s bill creates the Cyber Civilian Corps Act, which allows volunteers to provide cyber-defense services to nonprofits, private businesses, educational organizations and other non-governmental entities. “The Michigan…

Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden invites people to talk with him about issues facing Michigan during his October coffee hours. “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 may have about…

Rep. Iden promotes Oct. 7-8 as ‘Buy Nearby’ weekend in Michigan

State Rep. Brandt Iden, who serves on the House Committee on Commerce and Trade, today offered support for a resolution underscoring this coming weekend as part of a year-round campaign to promote shopping at local retail businesses. “Buy Nearby” is in its fifth year as a promotional commercial slogan and encourages Michigan residents to ensure…

House committee restores funding for Kalamazoo County opioids program

Earlier efforts with federal funds vetoed by Gov. Snyder   The House Appropriations Committee today resurrected a research program to fight opioid abuse throughout Kalamazoo County that earlier had been vetoed by the governor. The committee approved $700,000 in state funding for the program, which will combat the abuse of painkillers and other opioids among…

Committee approves Rep. Iden first responder protection bill

The House Law and Justice Committee today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden, which would make it felony for anyone who targets or intimidates a member of the police, fire, corrections and emergency medical service departments. Anyone found guilty could serve up to two years incarceration. “First responders face many dangers, but getting…

Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden invites people to talk with him about issues facing Michigan during his August and September coffee hours. “Listening to local residents is one of the most important aspects of my job.” Iden said. “This time of conversation and dialogue allows me to advocate for what matters most for our community here…