Rep. Johnson introduces bill to exempt Michigan-made gas cans from federal regulation

State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced legislation today that would make gas cans manufactured and sold in Michigan exempt from federal regulations. Federal environmental regulations have resulted in self-venting gas can designs which often make pouring fuel a frustrating and exasperating task. Johnson’s bill simply states that gas cans manufactured and sold in Michigan would not…

Rep. Steve Johnson invites residents to join him during local office hours:

Monday, June 12 Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, in Gaines Township 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.   Allegan County Leighton Township Office 4451 12th Street Suite A, in Wayland 6:00-7:00 p.m.   “Holding local office hours is just one way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve,” Rep. Johnson…

Rep. Johnson introduces bill to create two-year vehicle registration option

State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced legislation today that would allow Michigan vehicle owners to renew their vehicle registration for two years. Currently, a vehicle can only be registered for 12 months, or slightly longer if a registration is renewed less than six months before an individual’s birthday. House Bill 4663 would offer Michigan vehicle owners…

May Office Hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, May 26   Allegan County Big Boy 1180 W. Superior Street, in Wayland 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.   Kent County The Red Geranium 6670 Kalamazoo Ave SE, in Grand Rapids 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.   “It’s…

Bipartisan bill package would implement Constitutional Carry in Michigan

This week, State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan package of bills to implement ‘Constitutional Carry’ in Michigan. These bills would allow individuals who legally own a pistol to legally carry in places where either Concealed Pistol License holders or open carry is currently allowed. “I am a staunch supporter of…

Legislators request investigation of Pure Michigan program

State Reps. Steve Johnson and Martin Howrylak have sent a letter to the Michigan Auditor General requesting a study into the effectiveness of the Pure Michigan program. Since its inception in 2006, the Pure Michigan program has been touted as an amazing success in driving tourism and customers to local Michigan businesses. However, there has…

Bill introduced to repeal the Michigan Strategic Fund Act

Today, State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced legislation to repeal the Michigan Strategic Fund Act. The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) was established in 1984 for the purpose of promoting economic development across Michigan. Since then, the MSF’s role has changed and expanded in many ways beyond what the scope of a governmental agency should be, Johnson…

April Office Hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, April 21   Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave., Dorr 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.   Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Gaines Township 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.     “I am committed to…

Rep. Johnson votes for bills to expand government transparency

Today, State Rep. Steve Johnson joined a bipartisan majority in the House, approving landmark transparency bills that make state government more accountable to the people it serves. This legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the…

School start date decisions should be made at the local level

State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced legislation to leave the start date for schools up to local school boards. Currently, Michigan has a mandated post-Labor Day start date for publicly funded schools. Rep. Johnson’s bill would repeal this requirement, which would allow parents and local school boards to have direct impact in choosing their start…

Legislation would allow voters to take ‘ballot selfies’

Today, State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced 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…

Representative Johnson announces March office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites local residents to join him during office hours: Monday, March 13th Kent County Kentwood City Hall 4900 Breton Road SE 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 27th Allegan County Wayland City Hall 103 S. Main Street 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. “Meeting with people and listening to their ideas and concerns helps…