Rep. Howell: Bipartisan measure to encourage youth fishing advances

Legislation sponsored by Representatives Gary Howell (R-North Branch) and Julie Brixie (D- Meridian Township) to reinstate the voluntary youth fishing license was unanimously approved Tuesday by the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee. The youth fishing license was inadvertently repealed several years ago when licenses and fees were updated. “It would be wonderful to…

Rep. Howell votes to reverse Governor’s cuts to school funding and other vital programs

$35 million is restored to charter schools State Representative Gary Howell (R-North Branch) and the Michigan House approved a budget bill on Wednesday night that reverses funding cuts made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer—an effort that restores critical funding for students, veterans, sheriff road patrols and rural hospitals, among other crucial services. The plan has been…

Rep. Howell: Car insurance reforms produce tangible savings

State Rep. Gary Howell, of North Branch, today said the fee reduction recently announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is a positive indication Michigan drivers will save a significant amount of money through the state’s recent car insurance reforms. The MCCA announced it will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for the year-long period…

House panel hears Howell plan honoring Michigan’s veterans

State Rep. Gary Howell, of North Branch, this week testified before the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee in support of his legislation eliminating the fee for a Korean War veteran license plate. Howell’s measure is part of a bipartisan, five-bill package removing the fees for various veteran and military license plates. “It’s important…

Howell plan offers communities flexibility as they work to guard against mosquito-borne diseases

As Michigan counties across the state combat the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus, state Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) is working to give local communities more options. Howell offered testimony on Wednesday before the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee on bipartisan legislation addressing mosquito…

Improved drinking water standards, veteran care key components in Rep. Howell bill

State Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) and State Rep. Joe Tate (D-Detroit) testified this week in support of a plan to protect veterans by requiring stricter testing of drinking water at veteran care facilities in Michigan. House Bills 4742 and 4743 are part of a bipartisan reform package addressing water quality across the board –…

Rep. Howell restores youth fishing license to boost engagement in the outdoors

Two things start early in life—good habits and a love of the outdoors, said state Rep. Gary Howell, as he introduced a plan to bring back youth fishing licenses. “This plan is not a moneymaker, but I believe bringing back the youth fishing license is important to restoring the sense of pride and responsibility for…

Rep. Howell votes for record funding for Michigan students

State Rep. Gary Howell, of North Branch, voted on Thursday in support of the Legislature’s school aid budget, which includes the largest ever investment for students in the state’s history. Under the plan, per-pupil funding would increase for every student in Lapeer County by $240. In comparison, the governor’s proposal would have capped that foundation…

Rep. Howell: 45¢ Gas Tax Proposal Stalls School Funding

By state Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch Support for public education is one of my top priorities. It always has been and always will be. I served as president of both the North Branch School Board and the Lapeer County Intermediate Board of Education long before I was elected as your representative in the…

Rep. Howell named Michigan Townships Association’s “Legislator of the Year”

The Michigan Townships Association (MTA) last week recognized Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) and Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) for their support of township government by presenting them with the MTA “Legislator of the Year” awards. Both Howell and Stamas received the prestigious award, which honors lawmakers who are instrumental in legislation impacting township government and who work diligently to protect local…

Rep. Howell introduces proposal to expand pheasant hunting in Michigan

State Rep. Gary Howell has introduced legislation that would boost conservation efforts to help restore Michigan’s pheasant population. “Programs like this one will facilitate the revitalization of Michigan wildlife. This initiative has the potential to improve small game hunting opportunities, increase wildlife populations, encourage youth hunting and help Michigan’s economy.” Howell, of North Branch, said….

Rep. Howell introduces proposal to protect water quality across Michigan

State Rep. Gary Howell, of North Branch, last week introduced a plan to require more rigorous testing of the drinking water at veterans homes and veterans care facilities across the state. The plan is part of a larger reform package addressing the safety and security of Michigan’s drinking water supply. “This proposal is an important…