Education panel approves Rep. Lilly’s new teacher prep bill

The House Education Reform Committee today approved state Rep. Jim Lilly’s legislation calling for expanding instruction on student teacher experience and classroom management to better prepare new teachers for Michigan classrooms. “Some new teachers are graduating from college unprepared for the environment in which they could be teaching in and the students they will help…

Rep. Lilly to co-chair bipartisan MI Future Caucus

LANSING – State Rep. Jim Lilly today launched the bipartisan MI Future Caucus, a caucus made up of 50 legislators under 40 years old.  The goal of the MI Future Caucus is to engage with young people by breaking through the partisan divide and to focus on generational issues to unite legislators. “I’ve heard a…

Rep. Lilly votes for increased road repair funding

Legislation will allocate $1.9 million to Ottawa County, more to local road projects   State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, voted today for $175 million in added funding for state, county and local road preservation and construction projects this year. Ottawa County will receive $1.9 million in additional fund, beyond what was previously budgeted…

Representatives Lilly and García announce community mental health forum

Representatives Jim Lilly (R- Park Township) and Daniela García (R-Holland) invite Ottawa County residents to attend an upcoming forum on community mental health issues. The forum is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fillmore Complex (Main Conference Room), 12220 Fillmore St. in West Olive.  Guest speakers will include MDHHS…

Rep. Lilly: We must invest in local veteran service offices

Lawmaker is cosponsor for bill providing counties grants for veteran services State Rep. Jim Lilly of Park Township last week cosponsored legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran services through a new grant program. Under this legislation, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an…

Rep. Lilly votes for sales tax relief back to Michigan residents

State Rep. Jim Lilly voted on Wednesday to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan drivers and families seeking to buy motor vehicles. The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a…

Rep. Lilly notes many 2017 accomplishments

State Rep. Jim Lilly has completed a busy 2017 in the state House, noting the advancement of his bills to help western Ottawa County and the state as a whole. “Michigan has taken another strong step forward in 2017 and I’m proud to contribute to that,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “Our citizens have given…

Rep. Lilly says five local recreation grants have been recommended by state

State Rep. Jim Lilly today said five Ottawa County recreation grants totaling more than $6 million have been recommended by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board. Lilly, of Park Township, said the two proposed land acquisitions and three development plans will benefit families not only in Ottawa County, but visitors from across the state…

Rep. Lilly’s bill requiring fiscal notes on all bills clears House committee

Legislator: Price tag should be known in advance   The House Government Operations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly requiring all bills scheduled for a hearing before legislative committees to have fiscal notes advising what financial impact each measure will have on the state. Lilly, of Park Township, introduced the bill…

Rep. Lilly: Benefit promises made to first responders should be promises kept

State Representative Jim Lilly today offered votes of support for House bills prioritizing and safeguarding retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees. “Police officers and firefighters serve their communities and protect their neighbors every day they are on the job. We need to make sure they are protected in terms of retirement…

Rep. Lilly: House approves bill helping ensure consistent, proper teacher retirement funding

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Jim Lilly’s legislation to help consistently and properly fund the school employee retirement system. The bill would put current practice into state law, requiring that the state’s contribution to school employee 401(k)-style plans come through a separate and specific allocation by the Legislature. “Under conservative leadership, we…

Rep. Lilly announces office hours in Holland, West Olive, Grand Haven

Rep. Jim Lilly of Park Township is inviting Ottawa County residents to attend his upcoming office hours events, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 8. “I am committed to making our voices heard in Lansing,” Lilly said. “This is a great opportunity for us to share ideas and updates about our state government.”…