Rep. Meerman joins influential Michigan House Ways and Means Committee

State Rep. Luke Meerman of Coopersville will serve on the House Ways and Means Committee for 2020, providing a unique opportunity to advance a wide range of reforms benefitting Ottawa County and the entire state of Michigan. Updated committee appointments were announced today by House Speaker Lee Chatfield. The Ways and Means Committee is one…

Rep. Meerman sets up Nativity scene at state Capitol

State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville, took over the informal tradition of setting up a Nativity scene on the east lawn of the Michigan Capitol building today. For five years, former Sen. Rick Jones took it upon himself to obtain a multi-day permit for the Nativity scene. Sen. Jones would then personally travel to the…

Rep. Meerman: Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements should proceed as planned

Rep. Luke Meerman today said Michigan should implement its new state law related to Medicaid workforce engagement requirements as planned in January. Meerman’s comments come in response to Gov. Whitmer’s request that the Legislature pause implementation of the new requirements pending a legal challenge. “We are not pausing the program because it’s a good reform…

Rep. Meerman, Michigan House approve historic expungement reforms

Bipartisan plan gives reformed citizens access to better job opportunities The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Luke Meerman’s plan to expand expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old minor criminal convictions a new opportunity to start fresh. Meerman, of Coopersville, said the innovative proposal would make Michigan a leader in…

Rep. Meerman votes to invest in agriculture, send $400M to roads

Rep. Luke Meerman, voted Tuesday in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in agricultural communities, mental health and infrastructure – without raising taxes.  “We need a budget plan that doesn’t pit rural communities against urban ones, and the budget I voted for today accomplishes that,” said Meerman. “This plan makes important investments…

Rep. Meerman backs increased support for local schools, skilled trades

State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Polktown Township, voted Thursday in support of the Legislature’s school aid budget, which includes the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history.   The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the plan, per-pupil funding would increase for all schools in the 88th House District by $240 – closing the gap between…

Rep. Meerman’s plan to improve CPS operations is one step closer to becoming law

The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee today approved state Rep. Luke Meerman’s plan to improve Child Protective Services (CPS) operations and better serve Michigan’s vulnerable children. The legislation came in the wake of the Auditor General’s findings in a 2018 performance audit of CPS. The audit found 17 material conditions that called into question…

Rep. Meerman introduces bipartisan plan to improve Michigan’s expungement laws

Legislation gives reformed citizens access to better job opportunities State Rep. Luke Meerman has introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan plan to expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old, low-level criminal convictions the ability to start fresh. “Reforming Michigan’s expungement laws will allow good people to move beyond…

Rep. Meerman welcomes guest for the 9/11 memorial ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville, today hosted Allendale Fire Department Chief Mike Keefe as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. ###

Rep. Meerman welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville, welcomed Pastor Mark Bouslog (middle) from Jenison Bible Church in Hudsonville to the state Capitol last week Thursday to lead the invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Joining them…