Rep. Lauwers votes to eliminate driver responsibility fees

Measures also allow path to new driver’s license   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted to eliminate the punitive driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1, forgive outstanding debt and provide a money-saving grace period for those seek to have driving privileges restored. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the bipartisan package of bills also allow people…

Rep. Lauwers votes for tax relief in light of changes at federal level

Bills continuing, increasing personal exemptions head to governor State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted to support legislation providing broad income tax relief to Michigan families. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars overall. “My personal preference would be to…

Rep. Lauwers applauds House passage of tax relief legislation

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted in favor of legislation that will result in meaningful tax relief for Michiganders. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the legislation approved by a bipartisan majority in the House increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents and allows additional tax credits for people age 62 and older. “The…

Rep. Lauwers applauds work of House mental health task force

Legislator optimistic about changes on the horizon State Rep. Dan Lauwers, House Majority Leader, said today he looks forward to the many legislative changes that will come as a result of the House’s mental health task force report, which was unveiled Wednesday and included recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system….

Rep. Lauwers hails veto override as a tax relief victory for Michigan families

Legislation accelerates reforms adopted in 2013   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted to speed sales tax relief for Michigan families buying cars, trucks and other motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues. The vote means tax relief for people buying vehicles with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in…

Rep. Lauwers bill to help restore Michigan’s vital shipping industry

A bill proposed by state Rep. Dan Lauwers promoting shipping jobs and protecting the Great Lakes from invasive species in ballast water discharge on Thursday advanced in a Michigan House vote. Michigan currently has the most stringent ballast water discharge laws of states that share the Great Lakes. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export…

Rep. Lauwers: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees

Debt forgiveness key aspect of bipartisan legislation   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today joined a bipartisan majority of his colleagues in the House by voting to end punitive driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said a previous administration that was caught up in irresponsible spending left the Legislature desperate for…

Rep. Lauwers, Champion Auto Ferry official testify on bill to streamline ferry oversight

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of a bill to update the oversight of the carriers by water act within Michigan State Police (MSP) and reform ferry regulations. MSP assumed the regulation of the services, rates and fares of certain ferries from the Michigan Public Service…

Rep. Lauwers, township officials eager for start to bridge repair

Span over Belle River has been closed for more than a year   State Rep. Dan Lauwers and China Township officials say they are ready for repairs to begin on a key bridge over the Belle River, which has been closed for more than a year. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the Legislature in July…

Rep. Lauwers supports bipartisan no-fault reform

Majority Floor Leader says it’s time to take action   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today joined a bipartisan coalition of his colleagues in the state Capitol as they unveiled a comprehensive plan to fix Michigan’s broken auto insurance system and significantly lower rates for drivers. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said Michigan has the highest auto…

House approves Rep. Lauwers bill allowing more organizations to fundraise on public roads

The Michigan House today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Dan Lauwers to allow more charitable organizations to fundraise on and near Michigan roadways. A new law allows an individual to solicit contributions on public roads on behalf of certain charitable or civic organizations. While many civic and charitable organizations were covered under the law,…

Rep. Lauwers bill allows fraternal organizations to fundraise on public roads

‘Tootsie Roll’ bill to add more organizations State Rep. Dan Lauwers today testified in the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his bill to allow an individual to solicit contributions on behalf of fraternal charitable organizations on and near Michigan roadways. A new law allows an individual to solicit contributions on public…