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…

Rep. Johnson announces December office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, December 13th Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S Main St. in Wayland 8 – 9 a.m. Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood  10 – 11 a.m. “Open and honest communication with…

Rep. Johnson spearheads plan to offer two-year vehicle registrations

State Rep. Steven Johnson today introduced a plan to help reduce wait times at Secretary of State offices by offering Michigan drivers the option to pay vehicle registration fees two years at a time. “We can better serve the people of Michigan by offering them option to renew their license plate tags on a multi-year…

Rep. Johnson announces November office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, November 8th Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr 8 – 9 a.m. Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood  noon – 1 p.m.   “Open and honest communication with…

Johnson plan protects those using flavored vaping products to quit smoking

State Rep. Steve Johnson, of Wayland, today testified in support of his plan exempting low nicotine level flavored vaping products from the governor’s flavored vaping ban. Under the governor’s ban, all retailers, vape re-sellers and distributors are prohibited from selling any flavored e-cigarette products besides the flavor of tobacco, regardless of nicotine levels. “It’s quite…

Johnson: Unused laws should be taken off the books

State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced legislation that would repeal Michigan’s unused estate tax provision. Prior to 2002, Michigan’s estate tax was a pickup tax that piggybacked on the federal estate tax due to the availability of a federal credit for estate taxes paid at the state level. As a result, Michigan and 37 other…

Johnson testifies before House panel on plan implementing Constitutional Carry in Michigan

State Rep. Steve Johnson, of Wayland, this week testified before the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee in support of a bipartisan plan he is spearheading that would implement Constitutional Carry in Michigan. Constitutional Carry means that one does not need a special license or permit to legally conceal carry a firearm. States across…