Rep. Johnson plan to simplify local knife laws clears House

The Michigan House today approved Rep. Johnson’s plan to ensure local municipalities do not enact knife ordinances that are stricter than state law. “One of the things my constituents sent me to Lansing to do is to clear up confusion in government,” said Johnson, of Wayland. “This common-sense change will ensure law-abiding individuals carrying knives…

Rep. Johnson introduces plan to allow direct wine shipments to consumers

Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced House Bill 5579 which would allow Michigan consumers to receive shipments of wine from out-of-state wine retailers and wine clubs. Currently, Michiganders are barred from receiving wine shipments from out-of-state wine retailers and clubs, even though shipments from out-of-state wineries as well as in-state retailers and wineries are allowed. “More…

Rep. Johnson plan ending birth certificate discrimination in Michigan signed into law

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed bipartisan legislation spearheaded by State Rep. Steve Johnson ending birth certificate discrimination in Michigan. Anyone born before Oct. 1, 1978 to unmarried parents does not have their birth records on file at their county clerk’s office. As a result of this discrimination, Johnson said some Michiganders have a more cumbersome…

Rep. Johnson announces March office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Tuesday, March 31 Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S Main St. in Wayland 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Kent County Kentwood District Library 4950 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood  10:00 – 11:00 a.m. “Open and honest communication with…

Johnson plan would require probable cause to produce sporting license

Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced House Bill 5466, which requires officers enforcing Michigan’s hunting, fishing, or trapping laws to have probable cause before asking an individual to produce their license. Currently, a law enforcement, conservation, or tribal law enforcement officer has authority to require an individual to produce their hunting, fishing, or trapping license at…

Johnson plan calls for delicensing of barbers

Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced a bill to eliminate the state requirement that individuals obtain a license before being able to become a barber. “The state mandates in Michigan to be a barber are among the highest in the nation; in fact, Michigan barbers need more educational requirements than attorneys,” said Jarrett Skorup, director of…

Rep. Johnson announces February office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, February 14th, 2020 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave in Dorr 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave SE in Kentwood  10:00 – 11:00 a.m. “Open and honest communication with residents…

Isle Royale moose hunt resolution passes House

House Resolution 154, introduced by Rep. Steve Johnson calling on the National Park Service to establish a moose tag lottery hunt on Isle Royale, has passed the House. Isle Royale is a remote island in Lake Superior that is home to a moose population that has grown from just 515 in 2011 to more than…

Rep. Johnson plan allows retired teachers to substitute teach

Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced a plan to allow retired teachers to substitute teach without increasing the school’s payments to the state pension system. Currently, if a retired teacher substitute teaches in a public school, that school must pay the Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability (UAAL) payment even though that teacher’s pension is unaffected by substitute…

Defend the Guard Act introduced

State Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced the Defend the Guard Act, which would require Congress to declare war as required under the U.S. Constitution before Michigan National Guard troops could be deployed to a warzone. “This is not an anti-war or pro-war bill but rather a simple requirement for Congress to do their job for once,”…

Rep. Johnson announces January office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, January 6th, 2020 Allegan County Dorr Township Library 1804 Sunset Dr. in Dorr 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. “Open and honest communication…

House approves Rep. Johnson plan holding state departments accountable

The Michigan House this week unanimously approved state Rep. Steve Johnson’s plan clarifying the constitutional authority of the Auditor General to access and examine electronically stored and confidential information during audits of state departments. The Office of the Auditor General is tasked under the Michigan Constitution to conduct financial and performance audits of all state…