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…

House approves Rep. Howell’s plan for managing public land

State Rep. Gary Howell’s legislation laying out a clear strategy for how public land will be purchased, sold and utilized by the state in the future was approved this week by the Michigan House. Howell, of North Branch, said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owns 4.6 million acres of public land but has…

Rep. Howell plan will help make schools safe in Michigan

Legislation allows districts access to millage funds for improved security State Rep. Gary Howell today introduced legislation to give schools added resources to improve security at Michigan schools. The plan will allow public school districts to access sinking fund millage revenue, generated by voter-approved property taxes and commonly used to update educational equipment and facilities,…

Rep. Howell to host in-district office hours

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch has announced his local office hours for Monday, April 23 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. “Listening to…

Governor signs Rep. Howell bill offering Michigan kids more opportunities to hunt

Lapeer County boy inspired Howell to introduce legislation Legislation introduced by state Rep. Gary Howell after hearing from a Lapeer County boy who wanted more opportunities to hunt was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. Howell said Lapeer County resident Nick Vanecek and his son Hayden, who was 7 at the time, approached…

Rep. Howell’s jobs training data bill signed into law

Legislator: We need to have job providers better partner with workforce education State Rep. Gary Howell’s legislation to improve job training programs by utilizing state unemployment data with Michigan Works! agencies, colleges and universities is now law. “We are going to better utilize the information we get on Michigan’s unemployment and job availability,” said Howell,…

Rep. Howell’s jobs training data bill approved by Senate, House

Legislation allows use of employment info to improve workforce education programs The Michigan House on Tuesday approved legislation by state Rep. Gary Howell to require the state government to share data with Michigan Works! agencies in addition to colleges and universities with job training programs. “Even with our state’s unemployment numbers heading lower, we have…

Rep. Howell backs legislation to end driver responsibility fees

Measures forgive fees, offers path for license renewal   State Rep. Gary Howell recently voted for sweeping legislation to bring an end to outrageous driver responsibility fees and lift families from debt associated with those fees. Howell, of North Branch, said the fees were originally enacted by the Granholm administration under the guise of improving…