Rep. Howell plan would end Legislature’s ‘lame duck’ sessions

State Rep. Gary Howell has proposed a constitutional amendment to eliminate legislative sessions from extending past Election Day, eliminating the period in November and December commonly known as “lame duck.” “All too often, controversial bills are pushed through to passage during the November and December sessions without adequate public hearings or input from the people…

Howell reappointed chair of House natural resources committee

State Rep. Gary Howell, of North Branch, has been named chair of the powerful House Committee on Natural Resources for a second consecutive term. “Michigan’s natural resources are among the most remarkable in the world, including our vast freshwater reserves. I am eager to continue my work on policies that will keep our forests, lakes…

Reps. Howell and Bellino: New law clears the way for wetlands restoration

A plan to cut unnecessary regulations standing in the way of volunteer efforts to restore precious wetlands, spearheaded by Rep. Gary Howell and Rep. Joe Bellino, was signed into law by former Governor Rick Snyder as one of the last statutes he approved before leaving office. “Previously, the laws on the books treated volunteer organizations…

Rep Howell: Bipartisan drinking water protections bills moves to House floor

A bipartisan plan to increase the frequency of water testing for lead at facilities serving the state’s most vulnerable citizens today passed the House Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Rep. Gary Howell. “This is another important step to increase protections against lead in drinking water as we continue to work toward solutions to this pervasive,…

Rep. Howell receives inaugural Legislator of the Year Award from Ducks Unlimited

  State Rep. Gary Howell has been named the Legislator of the Year in Michigan by Ducks Unlimited – the first time that the honor has been awarded. Howell (R-North Branch) received the award at Michigan Ducks Unlimited’s annual meeting in Harbor Springs. The group has roughly 28,000 members nationwide across 130 chapters, specializing in…

Rep. Howell testifies on his proposal to ensure access to road funding

State Rep. Gary Howell recently testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his proposal to allow counties, cities and villages to legally utilize funds from the State Infrastructure Bank in order to fix Michigan roads. Howell said his proposal will ensure local road agencies are given the proper authority to borrow…

Rep. Howell plan offers additional protections for groundwater

State Rep. Gary Howell, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, today said his plan to improve the management of coal ash in Michigan would better protect public health and prevent groundwater contamination. Howell, of North Branch, said the changes will bring standards for the disposal of coal ash – the byproduct of burning coal…

Rep. Howell joined by local fire officials for commemorative House session

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Gary Howell (left), of North Branch, is joined by North Branch Township Fire Marshal Gyrome Edwards on Thursday during a Michigan House session commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Also attending from Lapeer County were (not pictured) Elba Fire Chief Mike Burke and Assistant Chief George Scrimger. The ceremony remembers first…

Rep. Howell named Michigan United Conservation Club’s ‘Legislator of the Year’

State Representative Gary Howell has been honored by the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) as its 2018 Legislator of the Year. Howell was given the award at the recent MUCC annual convention, which took place in Clare. Howell, of North Branch, serves as chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources. He was recognized, in…

Rep. Howell’s plan for managing public land signed into law

The state now has a clear strategy for how public land will be purchased, sold and utilized in the future after landmark legislation introduced by state Rep. Gary Howell was signed into law this week. Howell, of North Branch, said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owns 4.6 million acres of public land but,…

House approves Rep. Howell’s plan to update rules for school buses

Measure increases safety for kids on school buses and the motoring public The Michigan House of Representatives has approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Gary Howell to ensure safety of all drivers by allowing school buses to use hazard lights on four-lane highways that have a speed limit of 50 mph. Due to recent revisions…

Rep. Howell votes to approve efficient, effective state budget

Spending plan focuses on schools, public safety, recreation   State Rep. Gary Howell joined a majority of his House colleagues today in approving a budget for the coming fiscal year that contains record funding for K-12 education and roads while paying down debt. Rep. Howell, of North Branch, said the spending blueprint for the coming…