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

State Rep. Tommy Brann today voted for legislation to end the senseless driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt. Brann, of Wyoming, said the fees have been in place since 2003 and resulted in the revocation of hundreds of thousands of driver’s licenses across Michigan. At the time of initial passage, supporters said the fees…

Rep. Brann testifies for use of missing persons database

State Rep. Tommy Brann, of Wyoming, today testified on the need for Michigan law enforcement officials to share information into a national missing person database. Brann’s legislation would require all missing, unidentified and unclaimed persons information currently shared on the national Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) also be uploaded to the National Missing and Unidentified…

Rep. Brann: Grant program invests in veteran service offices

State Rep. Tommy Brann of Wyoming cosponsored legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran services through a new grant program. Under this legislation, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving…

Rep. Brann invites local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Tommy Brann (right) welcomed Pastor Randall Ledeboer (center) to the state Capitol to lead today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Ledeboer is the lead pastor at inSpirit Church in Byron Center. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum. House tradition calls for a representative or…

Raising the Age’ Saves Taxpayers Dollars, Provides Better Outcomes for Youth

by State Representatives Tommy Brann and Chris Afendoulis Last year, West Michigan led the nation in job growth. That’s no surprise. Grand Rapids is an innovative, hard-working community with a talent for converting barriers into opportunities. True to that spirit, we sponsored House Bills 4664 and 4969. These bills are part of an 18-bill “Youth in…

Rep. Brann, sheriff testify to increase family pet protections

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tommy Brann on Tuesday, following testimony from Brann and Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell calling for improved protections of service animals and family pets. “How many times have you heard a pet owner say ‘my dog is part of our family?’ Pets are increasingly being…

Rep. Brann optimistic as experts predict continued economic growth

State Rep. Tommy Brann today said he is optimistic about Michigan’s continued steady economic growth following presentation of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first look at the upcoming economic forecast. The report was compiled by the House and Senate Fiscal agencies, the state budget director and other economic experts, and presented to…

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…