Rep. Tedder welcomes Pearl Harbor vet to the House floor

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Tedder, R-Clarkston, greets Pearl Harbor survivor Don Bloomfield, 95, of Midland, on the House floor. Bloomfield, who was a 20-year-old soldier on Oahu when the bombing occurred, was given a special tribute and introduced on the House floor before receiving a standing ovation. “I was at the Lion’s Thanksgiving game…

Rep. Jacobsen’s speed limits legislation heads to governor

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved state Rep. Brad Jacobsen’s school safety, gravel road and speed limit bill-package through a concurrence vote from the Senate. Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, sponsored House Bills 4423 and 4424, which raise speed limits from 70 to 75 mph on 600 miles of interstate and from 55 to 65…

Rep. Cole issues statement on MNRTF local grant funding

Following the announcement of nearly $6 million in grant funding being directed to the 105th House District, State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, issued the following statement:  “On behalf of the 105th House District, I would like to thank the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board for awarding nearly 6 million dollars for environmentally strategic land…

Rep. Cole’s dog collar bill heads to governor

Legislation prohibits the removal of collars from hunting dogs The Michigan Senate approved yesterday state Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to prohibit the removal of collars from hunting dogs. “I am proud to sponsor House Bill 5215 with support from both chambers in the Legislature that will outlaw the removal of collars from hunting dogs,” said…

Rep. Tedder bill to improve school transparency passes House

Legislation will unify schools in their reporting of disciplinary action A bill authored by Rep. Jim Tedder was today voted out of the House as part of a larger package to improve how mental health issues are reported on and dealt with in schools. House Bill 5415 requires school districts to collect and analyze data…

Rep. Cole and local guests join governor for ceremonial bill signing

Lawmaker welcomes residents to Capitol for ORV legislation LANSING, MI – State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, welcomed local residents to the Capitol today for a bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder in recognition of legislation recently enacted into law that will open forest roads to ORV use. In late September, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into…

Rep. Howrylak, House honor Pearl Harbor survivor

State Representative Martin Howrylak joined the Michigan House of Representatives today in honoring Don Bloomfield, a survivor of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. One of the few remaining Michigan-based survivors of Pearl Harbor, Bloomfield received a standing ovation from the House members on the 75th anniversary of the attack. “The 75th anniversary of the…

Rep. Crawford welcomes back-to-back volleyball state champs to Capitol

Novi High School varsity volleyball earns special tribute from lawmaker State Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, welcomed the Novi High School varsity volleyball team to the state Capitol today to recognize its accomplishment as 2016 Class A State Champions. The Novi High School volleyball team won its second consecutive Class A state title by beating Rockford…

Rep. Tedder’s auto salvage bill passes the House

A bill introduced by state Rep. Jim Tedder to clarify the protocol of salvaged car sales was unanimously voted out of the House. Current law allows an insurance company to direct a salvage pool to release a vehicle that is in their possession by submitting a “release statement”. A salvage auction company then goes through…

Rep. Bumstead’s wildlife disease control bill passes house

A bill introduced by state Rep. Jon Bumstead to combat Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Michigan’s deer population was unanimously voted out of the House. House Bill 5702 clarifies current Department of Natural Resources (DNR) authorization for the taking of wild animals to bring the spread of the disease under control. So far, seven free-ranging…

Rep. Howrylak introduces legislation to lower vehicle registration fees

Rep. Martin Howrylak recently introduced legislation to reduce vehicle registration fees for Michigan drivers. Under current state law, a vehicle’s original registration fee is based on the list price. The future assessed value of the vehicle decreases by 10 percent for the second and subsequent registrations. “I’ve heard from several concerned citizens in my district…

Rep. Howrylak legislation to increase access for mental healthcare services

State Rep. Martin Howrylak has introduced two bills to ensure mental health care coverage would be just as accessible to patients as other forms of medical treatment. If enacted, House Bills 6011 and 6012 will amend the Nonprofit Health Care Corporation Reform Act and the Insurance Code Act to require insurers to offer the same…

Rep. Glardon bills on long-term care approved

Two bills introduced by state Rep. Ben Glardon to exempt construction of freestanding additions to county long-term care facilities from sales and use tax were approved by the House today. House Bills 5824 and 5825 will allow county Medical Care Facilities (MCFs) to expand and modernize their campuses by building “small houses” for patients.These small…

Rep. Webber invites residents to his December office hours

State Rep. Michael Webber has announced his in-district coffee hours for the month of December, and is encouraging greater Rochester area residents to join him for questions and discussion. “Speaking with constituents is one of the most important parts of being a state representative,” said Rep. Webber. “My in-district office hours are a great time…