House of Representatives overwhelmingly passes Howell’s Pheasant Stamp Bill

Bill seeks to permanently support pheasant stocking programs on state-owned lands The House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 17th, overwhelmingly passed a bill sponsored by State Representative Gary Howell (R-North Branch) that would increase the pheasant population in Michigan as well as improve habitat on state-owned land. The vote was 76-16. “Michigan once had a…

Rep. Howell honors Michigan Downtown Association’s 40th anniversary

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch recently presented a tribute to the Michigan Downtown Association (MDA) recognizing the organization’s 40th anniversary. In attendance to receive the tribute were Dana Walker, director of the MDA and former director of the Imlay City Downtown Development Authority DDA; James Alt, executive director of the Lapeer DDA and…

Howell Bill improves technical error in 2018 solid waste statute

Science-backed legislation will protect Michigan’s water and other precious natural resources A bipartisan bill introduced by state Representatives Gary Howell (R–North Branch) and Sarah Cambensy (D-Marquette) will correct a technical gap that was recently discovered in legislation passed in 2018 that was designed to protect the environment while implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s coal ash…

Howell bill to assist Michigan veterans approved by House

The Michigan House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly approved a plan by state Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) eliminating the fee for the special designation on Korean War veteran license plates. Howell’s measure is part of a bipartisan, multi-bill package removing the fees for various veteran and military designations on license plates. “It is important…

Rep. Howell resolution to Protect the Great Lakes passes House

Nuclear waste resolution now goes to the Senate State Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) recently addressed the Michigan House of Representatives in support of his House Concurrent Resolution 12, which he sponsored in response to a Canadian proposal to dispose of high-level nuclear waste near the shores of Lake Huron. Howell gave an impassioned plea…

Rep. Howell presented with military honors by Congressman Mitchell

State Rep. Gary Howell was recently awarded four long overdue medals he earned 50 years ago while serving in Korea during the Vietnam War. Congressman Paul Mitchell presented the medals to Howell, a U.S. Army veteran. The awards presentation took place at American Legion Post 16 in Lapeer, where Howell is a life member. He…

Rep. Howell continues fight against bill to eliminate mining regulations

State Representative Gary Howell (R -North Branch) this week testified in opposition to Senate Bill 431 in the Senate Transportation Committee. The Senate bill, if enacted, would strip away local control and give aggregate companies full authority to establish gravel mines anywhere in Michigan regardless of what the local citizens and their township officials say…

Rep. Howell attends State of the State address with North Branch president

  Rep. Gary Howell and his guest, Kelly Martin, president of the Village of North Branch, attended Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address on Wednesday. Mr. Martin is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is the past Commander of the North Branch American Legion post. He has owned and operated the Blackburn…

Rep. Howell: Latest mining proposal endangers communities

Hearings began recently in the Senate Transportation Committee on Senate Bill 431, sponsored by Senator Adam Hollier (D-Detroit), which would strip every Michigan township of local control over mining activities in their communities. The bill would deny local governments the right to prevent gravel mining at any location. The decision on whether or not mining…

Rep. Howell fights Canadian plan to store high-level nuclear waste near Lake Huron

Resolution calls on Canada to nix proposal to bury nuclear waste near the Great Lakes State Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, has introduced a Resolution to prevent the Canadian government from proceeding with the proposed construction of an underground nuclear waste repository on the shores of Lake Huron. Howell serves as chairman of the House…

Rep. Howell concludes 2019 with another perfect voting record

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch has concluded a fourth consecutive year with a 100-percent voting record, taking part in all 378 roll call votes held during 2019. “When it comes to representing our communities in Lansing, it is imperative that our collective voices be heard on each and every issue,” Howell said. “I…