House supports Rep. Brann bills protecting family pets

The House today approved legislation by state Rep. Tommy Brann to improve protections for companion and family pets. Under House Bill 4332, it would be a crime to knowingly torture or kill an animal with the intent to cause mental distress or exert control over a person. The legislation would create first-, second- and third-degree…

Rep. Brann sleeps outside city hall for Homelessness Awareness Week

In recognition of Homelessness Awareness Week state Rep. Tommy Brann participated in the Homelessness Sleep Out in front of Lansing City Hall sponsored by the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. Before Rep. Brann set up camp he met with members of Volunteers for America to discuss their outreach in the Lansing area and people who had…

House committee approves Rep. Brann’s bill expanding availability of beer growlers

State Rep. Tommy Brann’s legislation to make beer growlers more widely available in Michigan is advancing in the state House. The House Regulatory Reform Committee today unanimously approved Brann’s bill that would allow more retailers such as smaller grocery stores to fill and sell beer growlers. The bill would streamline the regulatory process by eliminating…

Rep. Brann: Ending driver responsibility fees provides a fresh start, forgives debt

State Rep. Tommy Brann today said his vote to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt will help people affected by the fees regain their driver’s licenses and re-enter the workforce. Brann, of Wyoming, said the fees have been in place for 14 years and resulted in the revocation of driving privileges for hundreds…

Local first responders join Rep. Brann for annual Sept. 11 service

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep Tommy Brann, of Wyoming, today was joined by Wyoming Police Sgt. Brian Look and Wyoming Police Officer Ben Durian as his guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line…

Rep. Brann hails Aug. 19 as International Homeless Animals Day in Michigan

State Rep. Tommy Brann today offered support for House Resolution 126, which declares Aug. 19 as International Homeless Animals Day throughout the state. Each year, over 7 million companion animals enter shelters in the United States and approximately 2.7 million of those animals are euthanized. Some euthanizations are performed due to space concerns in shelters…

Rep. Brann announces August office hours

State Rep. Tommy Brann encourages residents to attend his local office hours during the month of August. “Hosting office hours is just one way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to represent,” Brann said. “I enjoy hosting office hours because listening and understanding the concerns of residents in the district helps me…

Rep. Brann introduces legislation to create Veterans Training Service Dog Pilot Program

State Rep. Tommy Brann introduced legislation yesterday in the Michigan House of Representatives that would create the Veterans Training Service Dog Pilot Program within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. A fund for the program would also be created within the Michigan Treasury. The pilot program would run for five years and would allow…

Rep. Brann’s ‘500 foot’ alcohol measure signed into law

Rep. Tommy Brann’s bill clarifying Michigan’s “500-foot rule” related to alcohol sales near churches and schools was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder. The measure becomes the first public act – or bill signed into law – of Brann’s legislative career, which began in January. “Clarifying this rule will benefit everyone involved,” Brann,…

Rep. Brann announces July office hours

State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming invites the people of Byron Township and the City of Wyoming to attend his local office hours to share their thoughts and concerns regarding state government. Rep. Brann will host regular office hours in the City of Wyoming on the second Friday of each month, and in Byron Township…

Rep. Brann votes for funding to rebuild Ideal Park

Site was destroyed in 2014 tornado   State Rep. Tommy Brann today voted in favor a bill to approve funds for Natural Resources Trust Fund projects, including the money to rebuild a park in Wyoming that was decimated during a tornado in 2014. Brann, of Wyoming, said the House approved the funding – Trust Fund…

Bipartisan effort seeks to raise Michigan’s smoking age to 21, change other tobacco laws

A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers today detailed legislation that would raise the state’s legal smoking age to 21 and make other important changes to the state’s tobacco laws. Other revisions include banning tobacco product vending machines, enhanced hookah tobacco regulations and modified penalties for those who break the law. “The Michigan Constitution directs the…