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,…

Rep. VerHeulen snow plow light bill approved in House

Spring and warmer weather are here, but Rep. Rob VerHeulen’s new bill is helping Michigan prepare for next winter. House Bill 5247 was approved by the state House today, and will amend the Motor Vehicle Code to allow green lights to be used on snow plows and other government vehicles in winter conditions. “Studies have…

Rep. VerHeulen honors local heroes in 9/11 memorial

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, with special guest Grandville Chief of Police Dan Steere, took part in the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 memorial service today. The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored military members and service members. House representatives invited guests to…

House approves Rep. VerHeulen bill allowing for regional airport authorities

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen to allow for the establishment of regional airport authorities to manage business operations for local airports instead of county boards. “Giving local communities a louder voice in the operation of local airports can do wonders for a regional economic asset…

Rep. VerHeulen bill lifts antiquated ban on walk-a-thons

Grandville Mayor Steve Maas applauds repeal effort State Rep. Rob VerHeulen introduced a bill to eliminate Michigan’s archaic prohibition of walk-a-thons and similar endurance contests as part of a legislative initiative to reform largely overlooked, outdated laws and excessive criminal regulations. “Current criminal law bans lengthy endurance events such as ultramarathons and charitable, 24-hour relays,”…