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…

Rep. Howell encourages residents to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Gary Howell today encouraged residents of Lapeer County to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend on June 10 and 11. Rep. Howell of North Branch said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites residents and out-of-state visitors to fish without a license during the weekend, giving parents and grandparents an opportunity to introduce…

Rep. Howell invites guests to join him for June office hours

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch announced today he will welcome residents of Lapeer County to join him for local in-district office hours on Monday, June 5 at the following times and locations: 9:30-11 a.m. at John’s Country Kitchen, 1829 S. Cedar St. in Imlay City; and 2:30-4 p.m. at Hungry Dan’s Restaurant, 195…

Rep. Howell bill prohibits gun ordinances in violation of state law

State Rep. Gary Howell (R – North Branch) testified on May 24th before the House Committee on Local Government in support of his bill that penalizes local officials who knowingly enact gun ordinances in violation of state law and the Constitution. “The Michigan Constitution, in Article 1, Section 6, provides that ‘every person has a…

Bipartisan jobs training information package approved by House

Bipartisan legislation, which will mandate information sharing to evaluate and update jobs training and college education programs, was approved by the state House today. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) will improve career training by requiring the state government to share employment and salary information to evaluate programs and improve curriculums…

Howell lauds House approval of bill to protect Michigan deer from disease

Legislation prohibits import of carcasses with chronic wasting disease With a show of unanimous bipartisan support, the Michigan House of Representatives has approved legislation to protect Michigan deer from the spread of chronic wasting disease. State Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, said limiting people from bringing carcasses of…

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

Legislation by state Rep. Gary Howell, which called for data sharing by the state government to colleges, job training agencies and intermediate school districts was approved by the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee Tuesday. Legislation introduced by Howell is part of a bi-partisan bill package to improve career training by requiring the state government…

Rep. Howell leads joint panel on environmental rule-making process

Natural resources committees learn about Indiana’s procedures State Rep. Gary Howell, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, recently presided over a joint House and Senate committee meeting, during which legislators heard a presentation on Indiana’s environmental rule-making process. Former Indiana Sen. Beverly Gard, chair of the Indiana Environmental Rules Board, and Vince Griffin, former…

Rep. Howell hails House budget approval

State Rep. Gary Howell voted on Tuesday for approval of the House version of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and funds the state at a level below that recommended by the governor. Howell, of North Branch, voted in favor of the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative blueprint…