Rep. Lauwers talks about final House passage Tuesday evening of his HB 5095, which brings Michigan’s ballast water discharge regulations in line with federal standards. Rep. Lauwers says the state’s current ballast water laws put Michigan at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring states.
Rep. Lauwers talks about House passage Wednesday of his HB 4888, which allows fraternal organizations like the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Fraternal Order of Police and Freemasons to fund raise on public roads. Current Michigan law covers civic and charitable organizations, but tax code considerations require the codification of fraternal groups as…
Rep. Lauwers talks about unanimous House passage Tuesday of HB 4424, sponsored by Marquette Rep. John Kivela, who passed away last week. The legislation would penalize anyone who brings the carcass of a deer or elk infected with Chronic Wasting Disease into Michigan. Violations could be punished by up to 90 days in jail and…
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.