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…

Rep. Howell votes to make state government more accountable

State Rep. Gary Howell this week voted to approve a bipartisan package of bills to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Howell, of North Branch, is a co-sponsor of each of these bills. Michigan is one of just two states that exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws….

Rep. Gary Howell introduces bill to protect homeowners in tax foreclosure proceedings

State Rep. Gary Howell has introduced legislation that would allow Michigan homeowners involved in tax foreclosures to keep any excess sale proceeds which should be rightfully theirs. “Currently, when a tax foreclosure sale takes place, the government keeps all of the money raised by the sale — rather than just being reimbursed for the taxes…

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…