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…

House approves Rep. Lilly’s plan allowing wineries, others to sell water

Legislation corrects ‘ridiculous’ over-regulation   The Michigan House today unanimously approved state Rep. Jim Lilly’s plan allowing companies that make wine, beer and spirits to sell water and other non-alcoholic drinks without having to obtain a special license. Rep. Lilly, of Park Township, said winemakers, brandy manufacturers, small distillers, micro brewers and brewers would have…

House approves Rep. Lilly’s plan requiring fiscal notes on all bills

Legislator: Cost to state, taxpayers should be known in advance   The Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly requiring all bills placed before legislative committees to include reports on the implications they will have on the state budget. Rep. Lilly, of Park Township, introduced the legislation after he was…

Rep. Lilly plan to limit senseless election recounts signed into law

State Rep. Jim Lilly’s plan to prevent frivolous recounts that are extremely unlikely to impact the results of an election in Michigan was recently signed into law. Lilly, of Park Township, said the events that transpired in Michigan following the 2016 presidential election inspired his legislation. “Jill Stein, who lost by more than two million…

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…