Legislation would clarify Auditor General’s access of electronic data

State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced legislation to clarify the constitutional authority of the Auditor General to access and examine electronically stored information and confidential information in the course of an audit. The Office of the Auditor General is tasked under the Michigan Constitution to conduct financial and performance audits of all state government operations….

Rep. Johnson announces March office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Monday, March 18, 2019 Allegan County Big Boy 1180 W. Superior St. in Wayland 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. “Open and honest communication with…

You can’t put a price tag on ending discrimination

By state Rep. Steven Johnson, of Wayland The State of Michigan made a costly mistake decades ago by allowing discrimination in instances where people are retrieving their vital records. We all have our fair share of experiences at the county clerk’s office– some positive, some negative – but, just imagine having to pay more for…

Johnson bill would restore wrongful imprisonment compensation shortfall

Today, State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced legislation that would ensure those who have been exonerated of a crime would receive the compensation from the state that is due to them. In 2016, the Michigan Wrongful Compensation Act was signed into law, which awards an individual exonerated of a conviction with $50,000 for each year unjustly…

Legislation would allow voters to take ‘ballot selfies’

Today, State Rep. Steve Johnson reintroduced legislation to allow voters to take “ballot selfies.” Currently, Michigan Secretary of State rules prohibit voters from taking photos of their ballots. Rep. Johnson’s legislation would allow a voter, whether at a polling place or voting absentee, to take a picture of their ballot. Twenty states currently allow “ballot…

Bipartisan legislation would end birth certificate discrimination

Today, State Reps. Steve Johnson and Vanessa Guerra introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure individuals are charged the same amount to receive a copy of their birth records regardless of the marital status of their parents when they were born. Currently, anyone who was born before October 1, 1978 to unmarried parents does not have their…

Rep. Johnson announces February office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Monday, February 25, 2019 Kent County Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Kent County Russ’ 6444 Division Ave. S in Gaines 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. “Open and honest communication with residents…

Rep. Johnson to influence wide range of policy issues

Lawmaker named to five committee posts This week, State Rep. Steve Johnson of Wayland was appointed to serve on five committees for the 2019-2020 legislative term, providing a unique opportunity to help the residents of Allegan and Kent Counties on a variety of important issues facing the state. Johnson is set to serve as vice…

Rep. Johnson plan protecting CBD oil in Michigan signed into law

State Rep. Steve Johnson’s legislation protecting the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil derived from hemp in Michigan has been signed into law. “CBD oil derived from hemp doesn’t get you high,” Johnson said. “It contains no more than 0.3 percent Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs decided last summer to…

Rep. Johnson ceremoniously sworn into office

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Steve Johnson of Wayland was ceremoniously sworn into his second term of office on Wednesday by Michigan State Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman. Rep. Johnson was joined in the House chambers by his parents Keith and Jodi Johnson. Rep. Johnson represents the 72nd District, which includes Dorr, Leighton, Wayland,…

Rep. Johnson posts perfect voting record for first term

State Rep. Steve Johnson finished his first term in the state House of Representatives with a perfect voting record, taking part in all 1,554 record roll call votes during the 2017-2018 session. “The people of Allegan and Kent counties elected me to be their voice in Lansing,” Rep. Johnson said. “I take that responsibility very…