Rep. Howell votes to bring end to driver responsibility fees

Bipartisan legislation also forgives outstanding debt   State Rep. Gary Howell recently voted for an eight-bill legislative package to end driver responsibility fees, saying the punitive charges should never have been imposed on people in the first place. Howell, of North Branch, said the costly driver responsibility fees – which are tacked on top of…

Rep. Howell sets November office hours

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch recently announced his office hours schedule for Monday, Nov. 6 at the following times and locations: 9:30 to 11 a.m. at John’s Country Kitchen, 1829 S. Cedar St. in Imlay City; and 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hungry Dan’s Restaurant, 195 W. Genesee St. in Lapeer. “It’s always…

Rep. Howell backs resolution for July 1 state budget deadline

Legislators would forfeit pay if target is missed   State Rep. Gary Howell today said he supports a House resolution requiring the Legislature to present a balanced state budget to the governor by July 1. Howell, of North Branch, said he is happy to co-sponsor House Joint Resolution X, which establishes the July 1 deadline….

Rep. Howell bill expands hunting opportunities for Michigan youth

Legislation recently introduced by state Rep. Gary Howell, of North Branch, increases opportunities for young people to participate in mentored hunting programs in Michigan. The Mentored Youth Hunt was established in 2011 in an effort to address growing concern about the dwindling number of young sportsmen engaged in hunting and fishing activities in Michigan. The…

Rep. Howell bill protecting law-abiding gun owners passes House floor vote

The Michigan House, with bipartisan support, today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Gary Howell that would penalize local governments who knowingly enact or enforce gun ordinances that violate state law. These types of ordinances were outlawed in 1990, but a few municipalities have failed to comply with the law even after 27 years….

Rep. Howell invites first responders as guests for Sept. 11 ceremony

State Rep. Gary Howell, of North Branch, was joined last week by two local first responders for the Sept. 11 Memorial Service conducted annually by the Michigan House of Representatives. Joining Howell for the ceremony, which memorializes first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty during the…

Rep. Howell: Lapeer schools on high end of state funding

All districts share in record amount of state aid   School districts across Michigan will soon open their doors for a new year following the summer break, and they will be in line for a record amount of state school aid. State Rep. Gary Howell said all K-12 schools in Lapeer County will receive an…

Rep. Howell to host office hours in Lapeer County

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch will host office hours on Monday, Aug. 21 at the following times and locations: 9:30 to 11 a.m. at John’s Country Kitchen, 1829 S. Cedar St. in Imlay City and; 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hungry Dan’s Restaurant, 195 W. Genesee St. in Lapeer. “Speaking with residents of…

Rep. Howell: M-53 project makes travel safer for families

Legislature committed to fixing roads, bridges State Rep. Gary Howell today said a project to resurface 7.6 miles of M-53 in Lapeer County that began this week shows the Legislature is committed to fixing the state’s transportation system. Howell, of North Branch, said the $1.9 million project to give M-53 a smoother surface between north…

Rep. Howell praises legislation to facilitate cleanup of petroleum leaks

State Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, today praised his colleagues in the House of Representatives for approving legislation to help ensure the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks. The bill ensures the one-cent fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum sold or imported in Michigan is used for its…

Rep. Howell votes for effective and efficient budget plan

State Rep. Gary Howell today voted for passage of the state budget, a blueprint he said maintains programs and services vital to residents of Lapeer County and provides additional funding for school districts throughout the county. Howell, of North Branch, said he appreciates the hard work that went into drafting a budget four months before…

Rep. Howell announces Goodland Park funding

Legislator joins colleagues in approving recreation bill State Rep. Gary Howell today joined his House colleagues in voting for a bill to fund land acquisition and park improvements across the state, including a land purchase for Goodland Township Park. Howell, of North Branch, said the Natural Resources Trust Fund land buy will use dedicated money…