Rep. Dan Lauwers comments on his appointment Thursday to the House Agriculture Committee for the 2017-2018 session of the Michigan House. Rep. Lauwers is serving as the House Floor Leader this term, which precludes him from serving as committee chair, but he says ag issues are key to his district and much of the state.
Rep. Lauwers looks ahead to the next two years on the first day of legislative session on Wednesday.
Rep. Lauwers talks about his House Bill 6075, which concentrates on bringing greater transparency to municipal post employment benefits and to what their costs mean to individual residents.
Rep. Lauwers talks about House passage Tuesday of his House Bills 5889 and 5890, which ensures farmers receive sales and use tax exemptions when buying grain bins and grain handling equipment. Rep. Lauwers introduced the legislation after a business owner in Almont was denied the grain bins exemption and had to spend thousands of dollars fighting the…
Rep. Lauwers says public schools will see an increase of funding in excess of a quarter of a billion dollars in the coming school year and adds regular completion of the K-12 budget by early summer in recent years has helped local schools.
House Agriculture Committee Chair Dan Lauwers says the rain experienced by much of the Lower Peninsula this week is literally a billion-dollar event for Michigan agriculture, which was feeling the impact of near-drought conditions in many parts of the state.
Rep. Lauwers talks about the signing into law Tuesday of his HB 5189, now Public Act 265 of 2016, which should speed up the processing of tax credit payments for farmers who participate in Michigan’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program.
House Transportation Committee member Dan Lauwers talks about roadwork underway across Michigan this summer, and says the 2015 roadwork package demands better communication about the expected lifespan of road projects and puts a focus on identifying sources of failure of workmanship or material.
Rep. Lauwers, the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, talks about House passage this week of legislation that reforms state laws regulating horse racing and the distribution of racing dollars in Michigan. Rep. Lauwers says it’s the first update to the law in decades.
Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway; audio on Civil Service reform legislation being reported from committee
Rep. Lauwers talks about the House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development reporting legislation to the full House Wednesday that would reform state civil service laws that prevent substandard state employees from being disciplined. Rep. Lauwers is the sponsor of HB 5677; the package also includes a Constitutional amendment, HJR MM.
Rep. Lauwers talks about his legislation, currently pending in the Michigan Senate, that would require prompt repayment of tax refunds for farmland in the Michigan Farmland Open Space Preservation Program. Rep. Lauwers says some farmers are waiting longer than a year for their refunds and adds he expects the Senate to approve the legislation soon….
Rep. Lauwers talks about his plan to reform Michigan’s civil service system and give directors of state departments the ability to discipline or remove dangerous government bureaucrats.