Rep. Johnson welcomes local students to Lansing

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Steve Johnson of Wayland welcomed a group of students from East Kentwood High School to Lansing on Tuesday. The representative discussed current issues facing the state and provided an inside look at state government.

House approves bipartisan legislation to end birth certificate discrimination

Today, bipartisan legislation ensuring individuals are charged the same amount to receive a copy of their birth records regardless of the marital status of their parents was passed with unanimous bipartisan support by the Michigan House of Representatives. Currently, anyone who was born before October 1, 1978 to unmarried parents does not have their birth…

Rep. Johnson introduces legislation to promote energy resilience, enable microgrids

Representative Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today introduced legislation to promote energy resilience by allowing the use of microgrids, which enable energy users with renewable energy systems to disconnect from the main electric grid during outages and continue powering their facilities. Currently, energy customers that generate renewable energy and connect to the grid are not able to…

Rep. Johnson reads to local students

State Rep. Steve Johnson celebrated March is Reading Month by reading to 1,187 students at 11 local schools. “It is important for young people to acquire an early appreciation for reading,” Rep. Johnson said. “It is a critical part of educational development and will impact the rest of their lives. I was thankful for the…

Rep. Johnson announces April office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, April 26, 2019 Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S. Main St. in Wayland 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Russ’ 6444 Division Ave. S in Gaines 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. “Open and honest communication with residents…

Michigan schools could choose to start before Labor Day under Johnson bill

State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced legislation to leave school start dates 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, allowing parents and local school boards to determine their start date rather than being forced to wait until…

Bill ending birth certificate discrimination passes committee

Bipartisan legislation would end birth certificate discrimination Yesterday, bipartisan legislation ensuring individuals are charged the same amount to receive a copy of their birth records regardless of the marital status of their parents passed out of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee. Currently, anyone who was born before October 1, 1978 to unmarried parents…

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…