Rep. VerHeulen bills allow courts to continue to impose costs, fees

The House Appropriations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen enabling courts to continue imposing certain fees and costs on someone found guilty of a crime. VerHeulen, of Walker, said his bills are necessary because courts incur various costs while trying a case, including paying a court-appointed attorney, and often add court…

Rep. VerHeulen, House panel approve plan to help Michigan communities

Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker and the Michigan House Appropriations Committee today approved a budget plan to help local communities across the state pay for public safety, road repairs and other vital services. The plan advanced by the House Appropriations Committee boosts revenue sharing for local communities by 5 percent, a $12.4 million increase compared…

Rep. VerHeulen criticizes decision to award tax incentives to AK Steel

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker today criticized a decision by the Michigan Strategic Fund Board allowing a steelmaker to inherit a tax credit previously awarded to another company. The board awarded AK Steel a transfer of a tax credit originally awarded to Severstal Dearborn more than a decade ago. AK Steel, based in Ohio,…

VerHeulen working to address funding issue for courts

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today announced he is leading efforts to address a funding shortfall for Michigan courts created by a Michigan Supreme Court decision. In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in People v. Cunningham that courts could not levy certain costs on defendants, which created a funding shortfall projected to reach as much as…

Rep. VerHeulen: Budget panel votes to boost funding for veterans courts

More funding will be available for veterans courts under a budget approved today by a Michigan House subcommittee, state Rep. Rob VerHeulen announced. The judiciary budget bill includes an additional $436,000 for specialty courts aimed at treating military veterans and active-duty personnel, bringing total funding to $936,000. “Members of the military put themselves in harm’s…

Rep. VerHeulen: Budget panel votes to boost revenue sharing

Communities all across Michigan would get more money to support public safety, road repairs and other local projects through a spending bill approved today by a Michigan House subcommittee. The budget panel led by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker approved increasing revenue sharing payments by 5 percent. Local governments use the money to pay…

Rep. VerHeulen named vice chair of House Appropriations Committee

House Speaker Tom Leonard announced today that House Majority Whip Rep. Rob VerHeulen, of Walker, will serve as vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee. VerHeulen will also serve as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittees on General Government and Judiciary. “I’m looking forward to serving as vice chair of Appropriations because it is such…

House Education Committee honors Michigan Teacher of the Year

Today in the House Committee on Education, Rep. Rob VerHeulen gave a special tribute to Kenowa Hills Schools teacher Tracy Horodyski for being named the 2016 Michigan Teacher of the Year. “It is a great pleasure to offer congratulations to Tracy Horodyski,” said Rep. VerHeulen, R-Walker. “The record she has achieved over 16 years as…

House OKs medical parole option for frail prisoners

Low-risk inmates could be moved to appropriate facilities   The Michigan House today approved legislation allowing low-risk, medically frail inmates to complete their sentences in licensed care facilities. The House approved bills 5078, 5079, and 5081 introduced by state Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations; Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township,…