Rep. Runestad sworn in for second term

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, was sworn in on Wednesday at the state Capitol for his second term as state Representative. Rep. Runestad was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman in the House chamber on Opening Day of the 99th Michigan Legislature. Rep. Runestad represents part of Oakland County in Highland, Milford,…

Rep. Runestad raises awareness for children in state foster care system

November is Adoption Month in Michigan State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, praised Gov. Rick Snyder today for his recent proclamation declaring November to be Adoption Month in Michigan and Nov. 22 to be Adoption Day. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with adoption agencies and the courts work to find…

Including ‘electronic data’ in Constitution will secure our privacy rights

Op-ed by State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake In early June, I sponsored a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state’s constitution for electronic data and communications to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure under individual property rights. House Joint Resolution N (HJR N) overwhelmingly passed the Michigan House of Representatives. HJR N…

Curbing an abuse of court process

Op-ed by State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake The work life of a process server in Michigan is no picnic.  Your job is to deliver bad news to strangers.  At first glance, delivering some papers to folks at $26 per hour plus gas reimbursement for each successful service seems like a good deal. Rarely, however…

Constitutional amendment defining electronic property rights passes the House

A joint resolution sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad overwhelmingly passed the Michigan House of Representatives today proposing an amendment to the state’s constitution for electronic data and communications to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure under individual property rights. Constitutional amendments must be approved by a direct vote of the people if adopted…

Governor signs Rep. Runestad’s bill to remove culturally insensitive language

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, to remove culturally insensitive language that is no longer sufficient to describe the deaf and hard of hearing community. House Bill 5184, now Public Act 131 of 2016, amends the Division on Deafness Act by striking “deafness” and replacing it with…

House approves Rep. Runestad’s legislation to create bill of rights for foster children

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation that creates a statutory bill of rights for foster children entitled The Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy. State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, sponsored House Bill 4977 that outlines a foster child’s right to access the court system, including regular contact with their caseworkers, attorneys…

Rep. Runestad encourages local residents to attend monthly office hours

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, invites residents of the 38th House District to attend his regularly scheduled monthly office hours. Rep. Runestad said he will meet with residents at three separate locations on the first Saturday of every month to listen to their concerns and suggestions and discuss state and local government at the…

Lawmakers: New state education board LGBTQ policy erodes parental rights

Concerned parents, public must be able to stop potential changes A group of House lawmakers today condemned a draft policy initiative by the Michigan State Board of Education that could allow students to use any school restroom they choose and allow male students to try out for girls’ sports teams, all while keeping parents in…

Declaration of Acts as Genocide Supported by Rep. Runestad

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today praised the federal government for finally declaring ISIS actions to be genocide against Chaldeans, and other Christian and religious minorities in the Middle East. Rep. Runestad is sponsoring a House resolution urging the federal government to declare ISIS activities as an act of genocide. U.S. Secretary of State…

Rep. Runestad statement on emergency Detroit Public School funds vote

Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan passage of House Bills 5296, which provides $48.7 million in supplemental funds to continue the education of Detroit Public School (DPS) students with financial oversight: “Supporting this funding for DPS was required to ensure the state complies with its constitutional obligations to…

House approves Rep. Runestad’s bill removing culturally insensitive language

Today the Michigan House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, to remove culturally insensitive language that is no longer sufficient to describe the deaf and hard of hearing community. House Bill 5184 amends the Division on Deafness Act by striking “deafness” and replacing it with “deaf, deafblind, and hard…

Rep. Runestad introduces bill on eligibility verification

Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today introduced House Bill 4926 to bring ‘E-verification’ to state contracts as he successfully did as an Oakland County commissioner. The bill would require the use of ‘E-Verify’ to ensure public contracts are performed by employees who are entitled to work in the United States. “During my time in Oakland…