Lilly’s fireworks plan blasts out of the House

The Michigan House today voted to give local communities more control over the sale, use and safety of consumer-grade fireworks after approving bipartisan plan authored by Rep. Jim Lilly. Lilly’s plan, House Bills 5939 and 5941, helps resolve the growing problems plaguing communities since the legalization of fireworks in 2011. HB 5939 tightens the requirements…

Rep. Lilly’s firework measures rocket through House committee

The House Regulatory Reform Committee Wednesday approved two separate plans authored by state Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, regarding the use and safety of consumer fireworks in Michigan. House Bill 5939 enhances the abilities of local municipalities to determine the times consumer fireworks may be fired off within their city limits. “While a majority…

Rep. Lilly to help shape House committee assignments

Legislator will chair temporary Committee on Committees State Rep. Jim Lilly will play a key role in recommending House committee assignments for the 2019-20 Michigan House legislative session after being named chair of the Committee on Committees by Speaker-elect Rep. Lee Chatfield. Lilly, who also was selected last week to serve as associate speaker pro…

Rep. Lilly elected to 2019-20 House leadership position

Ottawa County lawmaker will serve as associate speaker pro tempore State Rep. Jim Lilly has been elected by his peers to serve as associate speaker pro tempore for the 2019-20 legislative session of the Michigan House of Representatives. “I am humbled that my colleagues have elected me to help lead the House next session as…

STATEMENT: Rep. Lilly responds to report of PFAS at elementary school in Grand Haven

In response to reports of PFAS contamination at Robinson Elementary School in Grand Haven, Rep. Jim Lilly issued the following statement: “Our state must and will put first the safety and security of all Michigan families, especially our children. State and local authorities are already working diligently to provide the students at Robinson Elementary with…

Rep. Lilly: More practical occupational licensing procedure needed at state level

The Michigan House today unanimously approved a plan authored by state Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, allowing people to receive advance notice of whether or not they will qualify for a state-issued occupational license. Under Lilly’s plan, people can apply through a state department to learn whether or not their criminal record disqualifies them…

Rep. Lilly invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Jim Lilly invites local residents to join his for local office hours on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Office hours are an opportunity for people to address the representative face-to-face with any questions or concerns about state government. “I never take for granted the opportunity to speak directly with the people I represent,” said Lilly,…

Lilly: Policy-makers must be made aware of fiscal implications bills will have on state

New law requires legislators to receive thorough fiscal analysis of every bill Michigan legislators will now receive an in-depth fiscal analysis of every bill being considered in committees under a new law authored by state Rep. Jim Lilly. The new law requires the House and Senate fiscal agencies to produce and distribute fiscal analyses for…

Rep. Lilly welcomes local first responders to Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lilly today welcomed Captain John Woliffs Undersheriff Valerie Weiss to the Michigan Capitol rotunda for the annual House of Representatives Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony. House members invited first responders from their communities to be their guests for the service that also honors Michigan first responders and military who lost their…

Rep. Lilly: Reforms desperately needed for hardworking residents in licensed professions

Michigan House advances plan eliminating duplicative measures The Michigan House on Tuesday advanced a package of proposals, including one sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lilly, easing costs for employees in areas with occupational licensing at the local level. Designed to roll back government red tape and diminish the burden on businesses, their employees and consumers,…

Rep. Lilly votes for fiscally responsible state budget

Legislator: Key investments in roads, students, mental health care   State Rep. Jim Lilly today voted for budget bills that make record investments in K-12 schools and the transportation system while designating more spending for mental health care in Ottawa County. “This is a responsible budget that keys in on priorities that are important to…

Rep. Lilly honors public servant with memorial tribute

                                        PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lilly presented a memorial tribute to the family of the late Jim Hall from the Office of the Inspector General. Jim was a dedicated public servant in state government since…