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…

Rep. Lauwers’ bill clearing up ag tax confusion clears House

Farmers will continue to receive tax exemptions when buying equipment   The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Dan Lauwers that ensures farmers receive sales and use tax exemptions when buying grain bins and grain handling equipment. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, introduced House Bills 5889 and 5890 after a business owner in…

Rep. Lauwers named to House Committee on Committees

Lawmaker will help make assignments for coming session   State Rep. Dan Lauwers will have a hand in making House committee assignments for next session after being named to the Committee on Committees by Speaker-elect Rep. Tom Leonard. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, who last week was elected house majority leader for the 2017-18 session by…

Rep. Lauwers elected to serve as majority floor leader

State Rep. Dan Lauwers  will manage the day-to-day operations of the Michigan House of Representatives after majority Republican lawmakers today selected him floor leader for the 2017-18 legislative term. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, said he is eager to get to work as majority floor leader, where he will direct the House agenda, evaluate and solidify…

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Rep. Lauwers bill will help Michigan egg producers continue to succeed

New deadline for cage-free production aligns with expected market demand The House Committee on Agriculture today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Dan Lauwers to extend the deadline for Michigan egg producers to comply with regulations that require a cage-free living environment for egg-laying hens. “The new regulations force Michigan egg producers to make a…

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Rep. Lauwers votes in support of legislation to improve child literacy

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, today voted in favor of sweeping legislation to advance reading proficiency for Michigan’s youngest students. This legislation, which helps strengthen the educational foundation for all Michigan children, was approved today by the House. House Bill 4822 creates a proactive literacy system designed to help K-3 students become proficient in…