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…

Rep. Howell welcomes school group for committee testimony

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch, chair of the House Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Committee, recently welcomed a group of middle school students to Lansing to testify before the committee. The group from Waldon Middle School in Lake Orion made the trip to voice their support for Rep. Howell’s bill, House Bill 4589,…

Rep. Howell: Money-saving car insurance reforms signed into law

State Rep. Gary Howell today announced that historic car insurance reforms have been signed into law by Governor Whitmer, guaranteeing lower rates for drivers in Lapeer County. The reforms – approved earlier by Howell and the Legislature – give drivers choices on personal injury protection coverage, combat fraudulent claims and take steps to rein in…

Rep. Howell votes to lower car insurance rates for Michigan drivers

The Michigan House of Representatives this week approved a landmark plan to fix our state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Gary Howell announced. Howell voted in favor of the plan to offer drivers personal injury coverage options, rein in medical costs and fight fraud – features designed…

Rep. Howell votes to ‘Raise the Age’ for juvenile justice in Michigan

State Rep. Gary Howell today voted to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system. The plan was overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House and now advances to the Senate for consideration. Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as…

Rep. Howell helps launch bipartisan bail reform initiative

State Rep. Gary Howell has introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan plan to reform Michigan’s broken cash bail system, continuing to protect public safety, and potentially saving Michigan tax payers over $100 million per year. Howell, of North Branch, said the plan would make much-needed reforms to ensure people are not kept in jail…