Rep. Lauwers urges kids to dive into a book in March

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today said children should take advantage of March is Reading Month by diving into a book and enjoying the adventures within its pages. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said teachers and parents should encourage children to read throughout the year, but said they should make a special effort during March, which is…

Rep. Lauwers’ statement on governor’s budget plan

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, of Brockway Township, made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his budget plan to the joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee: “I appreciate Gov. Snyder getting the budget process started and his efforts to maintain a focus on growing Michigan’s economy,” said Lauwers, who serves as House Majority Floor…

Lauwers hails bipartisan bills to increase government transparency

Plan makes elected officials more accountable to people   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today said the introduction of bipartisan legislation to make state government more transparent is another sign of the House’s commitment to be more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, joined his colleagues today in announcing the…

Rep. Lauwers named to serve on two House committees

Representative continues service on Ag panel   State Rep. Dan Lauwers has been named by Speaker Tom Leonard to serve as vice chair of the House Government Operations Committee and as a member of the House Agriculture Committee. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said he is eager to get to work on agriculture issues facing farmers…

Rep. Lauwers invites people to in-district office hours

State Rep. Dan Lauwers has scheduled office hours to meet with people in the district at two locations during January. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, will give a legislative update and answer questions about state and local government on Monday, Jan. 30, at the following locations: Tim Horton’s, 1551 Gratiot Blvd. in Marysville, from 9 to…

Rep. Lauwers sworn in to third House term

INFORMATION State Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, is joined by his family as he is sworn into office by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman. Lauwers, who was elected by his colleagues to serve as majority floor leader, says he is eager to get to work serving people in the 81st House District. Pictured…

Rep. Lauwers lauds GOP House for achieving 78% success rate

Republican lawmakers approved many major goals   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today applauded House Republicans for achieving an astounding 78 percent of the policy goals the caucus set in its Action Plan at the start of the 2015-2016 legislative session. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, who last month was elected by his colleagues to be the…

Senate OKs Rep. Lauwers’ local government transparency bill

The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Dan Lauwers to give citizens more transparency regarding local governments’ unfunded retiree liabilities. The bill now goes to the governor for consideration. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, introduced House Bill 6075 as part of a 13-bill package to provide citizens a better idea of…

Rep. Lauwers’ bills clarifying ag tax exemption head to governor

Legislation authored by state Rep. Dan Lauwers clarifying farmers’ eligibility to receive tax exemptions when buying grain bins and equipment was approved by the Senate and is on its way to the governor for signature. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, said House Bills 5889 and 5890 were constituent-driven legislation after a local business owner was denied…

Rep. Lauwers’ massage therapist licensing bill gets legislative approval

Measure moves to governor for signature   The Michigan House today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Dan Lauwers to change the education requirements needed for a massage therapist license. The bill was approved by the Senate last week with changes that needed House concurrence. House Bill 5001 boosts the number of academic hours…

Panel OKs Rep. Lauwers’ bill calling for more open government

Measure gives citizens access to retiree debt balance   The House Committee on Local Government today approved House Bill 6075, introduced by state Rep. Dan Lauwers, which provides citizens a better grasp of the debt local governments carry for unsustainable retiree health-care costs. The measure was part of a 13-bill package that aimed to reform…

Rep. Lauwers bill reforms underfunded health-care plans

Legislative package protects Michigan taxpayers, vital services   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today introduced legislation as part of a 13-bill package to acknowledge and adjust for unsustainable old health-care costs that have many local governments drowning in debt. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, said overwhelming costs by underfunding of retiree health care and pension plans are…