Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on committee passage of lead testing legislation

House Natural Resources Committee Chair Gary Howell talks about Committee passage this week of a bi-partisan package of legislation that increases the frequency at which Michigan’s schools, day care facilities, universities and veterans facilities are tested for lead in their water.  The legislation is now before the full House for consideration.      

Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on additional dollars for school safety

Rep. Howell talks about his HB 6027, which would allow Michigan residents the option of voting to allow school sinking fund dollars for local school safety personnel.  Rep. Howell says the idea was brought to him by school administrators in his district.  Sinking fund dollars are currently restricted to use for school infrastructure and Rep….

Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on Free Wishing Weekend

House Natural Resources Committee Chair Rep. Gary Howell talks about Free Fishing Weekend, set for this coming weekend, June 9 and 10, saying it marks a good opportunity to bring new people into the sport.  Michigan residents can fish without a license during the weekend, although the usual limits still apply.  

Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on House passage of youth hunting legislation

Rep. Howell, the Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, talks about House passage this week of  HB 5711, which would amend state law to allow Michigan residents between the ages of 10 and 13 to hunt on public land.  Rep. Howell sponsored legislation signed into law early this year that expands youth hunting opportunities,…

Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on House passage Youth Hunt expansion

Rep. Howell talks about House passage Thursday of his HB 4957, which expands the Mentored Youth Hunt in Michigan to include antlerless deer, bear and elk.  Howell said he developed the legislation after speaking with a 7-year old Lapeer County resident, Hayden Vaneck, who felt the program was too limited.  Hayden spoke in support of…

Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch; audio on House passage of local firearms legislation

Rep. Howell talks about House passage Wednesday of his HB 4616, which works to enforce a bi-partisan state firearms preemption law that has been on the books since 1990.  The Howell legislation would allow aggrieved citizens to file suit against municipalities and give courts the authority to overturn local ordinances not in compliance with the…