Johnson measure would make legislator pay equal to average wage

State Rep. Steve Johnson recently introduced legislation that would make state legislator salaries equal to the average Michigan wage. “As a proponent of shrinking government, I believe that there should not be a strong monetary incentive to be a career politician,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “We were elected to represent the interests of the people, and…

Rep. Johnson: Driver responsibility fees were government overreach

State Rep. Steven Johnson today applauded a strong, bipartisan vote in the Michigan House to end the onerous driver responsibility fees that have been in effect for nearly 15 years and free Michigan families from the associated debt. Johnson, of Wayland, said the fees were first enacted in 2003 when irresponsible spending of taxpayer money…

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 23, 2018 Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S. Main St. in Wayland 9:30 am – 10:30 am Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Rd SE in Kentwood 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm   “Open…

Rep. Johnson joined by Allegan County commissioner for State of the State

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Steve Johnson (right) of Wayland was joined today by his guest, Allegan County Commissioner Don Black, for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. Johnson said Black, who is retiring at the end of this year, is a “highly respected and appreciated leader who for decades has made a positive…

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 22, 2018 Allegan County Big Boy 1180 W Superior St. in Wayland 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Rd. SE 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   “One of…

Rep. Johnson: Reviewing the year in the Michigan House

Less government, more freedom. That is my focus in the Michigan House as I prioritize legislation to reduce government intrusion in our lives and best benefit the hard-working people of Allegan and Kent counties. Two key votes from my first year representing the 72nd District demonstrate these priorities. The first proposal, which I wholeheartedly supported,…

Johnson bill would give utility customers control of their own data

State Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced legislation to ensure Michigan utility customers own and control their personal energy usage data. “Technology is rapidly developing and shows no signs of slowing down,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “As technology progresses, so does the need for individual control of personal information and data.” Johnson’s bill simply states that a…

Rep. Johnson announces December office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Monday, December 18, 2017 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.   “Open and honest…

Rep. Johnson: Vaccine requirements should be decided by elected officials, not bureaucrats

State Rep. Steven Johnson (R-Wayland), testified today in support of his legislation before the House Oversight Committee that requires new mandated vaccine requirements to be approved by a vote of the state legislature. Johnson’s bill would remove the power of the Department of Health and Human Services to make rules relating to vaccines without having…

Johnson’s legislation to repeal ineffective state law gains House approval

The Michigan House of Representatives voted today to approve state Rep. Steve Johnson’s legislation repealing the Michigan Explosives Act, which is ineffective and inconsistent with federal law. Johnson, R-Wayland, said the Michigan State Police brought the issue to his attention out of concern that the outdated state law is creating confusion. “No one can legally…

Rep. Johnson casts vote to end driver responsibility fees

Legislator calls fees a huge government overreach   State Rep. Steven Johnson today voted for a bipartisan legislative package to end driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt, ending what he called a huge government overreach that needed to be eliminated. Johnson, of Wayland, said a past administration conjured up the fee system to cover…

Legislation to repeal ineffective state law has committee hearing

State Rep. Steve Johnson this week testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of legislation to repeal the outdated Michigan Explosives Act, which is ineffective and inconsistent with federal laws. “This issue was brought to my attention by the Michigan State Police,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “It is critical that our state departments and agencies…