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…

Rep. Lauwers: School starts with record state funding on tap

All districts in area receive more than basic amount   With schools ready to open their doors for a new year of classes, state Rep. Dan Lauwers said K-12 school districts will be doing so with a record amount of state funding on the horizon. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said all school districts in Michigan…

Rep. Lauwers says signed state budget shrinks government, saves taxpayer money

Responsible spending blueprint works for all Michiganders   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent signing of the state budget, which emphasizes items that are important to Michiganders. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, who serves as House Majority Floor Leader, said the budget spends more on K-12 education than ever before and includes…

Rep. Lauwers to host bologna festival ceremony with Traveling Vietnam memorial

State Rep. Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township will be the featured speaker at the opening ceremonies for the Yale Bologna Festival on July 27 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Yale. This year, the festival features the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, a veteran-owned small business helping those unable to visit the great national memorial sites pay…

$2.7 million in state budget for St. Clair Highway bridge

Project will provide safe passage for families, commerce State Rep. Dan Lauwers today thanked residents in the China Township area for their patience as a dangerous bridge over the Belle River is being replaced. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, who serves as House Majority Floor Leader, said the project was added to the current state budget…

Rep. Lauwers announces summer reading contest

State Rep. Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township recently announced his “Rep. for a Day” summer reading contest for students and young readers in St. Clair County. “Rep. for a Day” is designed to inspire children to read over summer break and win a chance to join Rep. Lauwers in Lansing with their family. The contest…