Rep. Howell: Government transparency is a priority

State Rep. Gary Howell has fulfilled a promise to residents of Lapeer County by sponsoring and voting for landmark legislation that passed the House of Representatives today and subjects state government to open records laws. Howell, of North Branch, said he eagerly co-sponsored the 11-bill legislative package to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject…

Rep. Howell’s resolution seeks to end ‘lame duck’ sessions

State Rep. Gary Howell today introduced a resolution for a constitutional amendment to ban legislative sessions extending past Election Day, ending the November and December sessions commonly known as “lame duck” sessions. Howell, of North Branch, said too often controversial bills are pushed through to passage during the November and December sessions without public hearings…

Rep. Howell submits legislation to assist vocation education students

State Rep. Gary Howell is a sponsor and co-sponsor of a four-bill merit curriculum package that give students and parents flexibility when selecting high school courses with future career opportunities in mind. “It makes complete sense to give students and parents options because education is ultimately about preparing students for their future careers,” said Howell…

Rep. Howell lauds Action Plan’s focus on skilled-trades education

State Rep. Gary Howell today joined his House colleagues in rolling out the 2017-18 House Republican Action Plan, which he says will be a blueprint for the future. Howell, of North Branch, said the Action Plan’s focus on skilled-trades training is something he has prioritized for years. As president of the Lapeer County Intermediate Board…

Rep. Howell schedules office hours on Feb. 24

State Rep. Gary Howell invites people to meet with him and discuss issues and ideas about state and local government during in-district office hours on Friday, Feb. 24. Howell, of North Branch, said he will welcome residents at the following locations: John’s Country Kitchen, 1829 S. Cedar St., Imlay City, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.;…

Rep. Howell’s bills repeal, revise pension tax

State Rep. Gary Howell today introduced bills to completely repeal the tax on retirement income, or in the alternative, standardize the allowable tax exemptions for retirees so as to eliminate the current discrimination as to age. Howell, of North Branch, said applying the tax on retirement income has caused financial difficulties for people who had…

Howell: FOIA bills a major step toward transparency

Legislation renews commitment to open government   State Rep. Gary Howell today joined a bipartisan group of state representatives to introduce legislation that will increase government transparency by subjecting the Legislature and executive branch to open records laws. Howell, of North Branch, joined his colleagues today in co-sponsoring the entire 11-bill package that will make…

Howell named chair of House Natural Resources Committee

Will also serve on Agriculture, Local Government panels   State Rep. Gary Howell was named chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, an influential position that will enable him to reassess unnecessary burdensome rules passed down by various departments affecting natural resources, as well to oversee and implement policy helping Michiganders to enjoy the outdoor…

Howell: Listing salaries one step toward transparent government

Representative also supports other ways to be accountable   State Rep. Gary Howell today said the decision to publicly list the salaries of representatives and their staff members on the Houses of Representatives website is an encouraging first step toward a more transparent state government. Howell, of North Branch, said the decision to make the…

Rep. Howell administered ceremonial oath of office

State Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, is joined by family members as he is administered the ceremonial oath of office by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman. Pictured are (from left) Markman; sister-in-law Evelyn Schroder; great-niece Ellie Schroder; wife Cheryl; Howell; and sister-in-law Connie Baker. Howell, who is beginning his second term as state…

Rep. Howell invites residents to Jan. 6 in-district office hours

State Rep. Gary Howell will host monthly in-district office hours at two locations on Friday, Jan. 6. Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, invites people to join him for a legislative update at the following locations: Silver Grill, 535 N. Cedar St., Imlay City, from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and Hungry Dan’s, 195 W. Genesse St., Lapeer,…

Rep. Howell has perfect voting record since taking oath of office

State Rep. Gary Howell ended his first partial term in office with a perfect voting record, making a decision on all 660 recorded roll-call votes since he took his oath of office in March. Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, who took his seat in the House after a special election in March, said being present for…