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…

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…

Rep. Johnson, Sen. Colbeck introduce legislation to ban public funding of abortion clinics

Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) and Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) today announced the introduction of legislation that ensures public dollars would not be used for the funding of abortion clinics in Michigan. “The sanctity of life is simply too important to allow public dollars to support abortion clinics,” said Johnson. “Taxpayers need to be assured the money…

Representative 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 13th Allegan County Big Boy 1180 W Superior St. in Wayland 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Mr. Burger 1750 44th St. SE in Kentwood 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Open and honest communication with residents…

Rep. Johnson introduces resolution calling for Affordable Care Act repeal

State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced House Resolution 13, which calls on Congress to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act. “The Affordable Care Act has been an unprecedented violation of personal liberty and a burden on state governments, health insurance providers, employers and individuals,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “It created unfunded mandates and has damaged relationships…

Rep. Johnson to chair the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules

Today, Speaker of the House Tom Leonard named State Representative Steve Johnson as chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, as well as a member of four other committees during the 2017-2018 legislative session. Rep. Johnson was one of seven freshmen House members appointed by Speaker Leonard to chair a committee. The first-term lawmaker…

Representative Johnson Announces January Office Hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours. Monday, January 23 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. — Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “One of my top…