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…

Rep. Howell welcomes residents to office hours in Imlay City, Lapeer

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch invites residents to join him for district office hours on Friday, April 21 at the following locations: 10:30 a.m. to noon 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. “This…

House approves Rep. Howell bill to expand grad curriculum

A four-bill merit curriculum package, which gives students and parents added flexibility when selecting high school courses for future career opportunities, was approved by the House today. Rep. Gary Howell, of North Branch, was the primary sponsor of legislation which would allow for Statistics to be an alternative to Algebra II within current Michigan merit…

Rep. Howell lauds committee approval of copper mining bill

Legislation allows small copper mines to operate in Michigan State Rep. Gary Howell, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, today praised his colleagues on the committee for approving legislation to ease burdens on small mining companies to harvest native Michigan copper, while maintaining environmental protections. The Upper Peninsula has a long history of copper…

Rep. Howell: Government transparency is a priority

State Rep. Gary Howell has fulfilled a promise to residents of Lapeer County by sponsoring and voting for landmark legislation that passed the House of Representatives today and subjects state government to open records laws. Howell, of North Branch, said he eagerly co-sponsored the 11-bill legislative package to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject…

Rep. Howell’s resolution seeks to end ‘lame duck’ sessions

State Rep. Gary Howell today introduced a resolution for a constitutional amendment to ban legislative sessions extending past Election Day, ending the November and December sessions commonly known as “lame duck” sessions. Howell, of North Branch, said too often controversial bills are pushed through to passage during the November and December sessions without public hearings…