Rep. Lauwers plan to increase government efficiency and transparency clears House committee

The House Agriculture Committee today passed state Rep. Dan Lauwers’ plan to update and streamline the state’s laws protecting Michigan’s animal food agriculture. “This solution is a great example of legislators and constituents working together to serve Michiganders and make government more efficient,” Lauwers said. “Our farming technology has changed dramatically since this law was…

Rep. Lauwers plan allows Michigan farmers to grow industrial hemp

Domestic production of hemp returning to the United States Michigan farmers could soon have the opportunity to expand into the industrial hemp market under a plan spearheaded by state Rep. Dan Lauwers and approved today in the Michigan House. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the hemp industry holds strong potential to improve local economies across…

First responder family member accompanies Rep. Lauwers to ceremonial House session

PHOTO INFORMATION: (Above): State Rep. and Majority Floor Leader Dan Lauwers (left), of Brockway Township, is joined by his son, Jon, prior to a Michigan House session on Thursday commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Jon Lauwers is a member of the Brockway-Yale Fire Department, assisting residents in Sanilac and St. Clair Counties. The annual…

Rep. Lauwers remains committed to rejuvenated shipping industry in Michigan

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today vowed to continue fighting for a revival of Michigan’s shipping jobs after his plan to align state ballast water regulation with federal standards and nearby competitors was vetoed by the governor. Michigan currently has the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions have driven Michigan’s entire…

Rep. Lauwers bill pivotal in restoring Michigan’s shipping industry

The state Legislature today approved a plan from state Rep. Dan Lauwers to bring back shipping jobs to Michigan while maintaining robust standards that keep invasive species from the Great Lakes. Michigan currently has the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export business to surrounding Great…

Rep. Lauwers votes for state budget that focuses on fixing roads, funding classrooms

Spending blueprint also pays down debt   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today voted for a state budget that invests record amounts into K-12 education and road repair while paying down debt and shrinking government. Rep. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the budget for the coming fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 spends fewer state taxpayer dollars…

Rep. Lauwers: DEQ rules-making process should be transparent

Votes to provide oversight, science-based criteria   When a local resident suggested that state Rep. Dan Lauwers run a study to determine which state department draws the most complaints, Rep. Lauwers said he didn’t need a study. He knew the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Treasury Department were hands down the winners in…

Rep. Lauwers votes for less government spending while providing record funding for K-12

Plan prioritizes issues important to families   State Rep. Dan Lauwers joined his House colleagues today in approving a state budget that reduces overall spending while still making record-high investments in schools and roads. “People in our communities want government to live within its means just like families are forced to do while making sure…

Rep. Lauwers encourages kids to explore reading during March

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today urged children to take advantage of March is Reading Month by opening a book and embarking on a journey. “Reading is a great opportunity to venture into a story and travel to faraway places, whether real or imaginary,” Lauwers said. “In today’s fast-paced world full of noise and distractions, sometimes…

Rep. Lauwers votes for additional road funding

Plan improves St. Clair County roads without increasing taxes   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today joined a bipartisan majority of his House colleagues in approving a plan to invest an additional $175 million into road repairs across Michigan as early as this summer. “This is an opportunity to make even more of an investment and…

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…