Rep. Crawford welcomes ‘Rep. for a Day’ contest winner to the Capitol

Novi Meadows student takes oath as ‘Junior Representative’ State Rep. Kathy Crawford today hosted a very special guest in Lansing when Lexi Maxton joined the lawmaker as “Representative for a Day.” Lexi was selected as the winner of Rep. Crawford’s summer reading contest. The reading contest—which took place between June and September—invited elementary school students…

Rep. Canfield welcomes ‘Rep. for a Day’ contest winner to Capitol

State Rep. Edward ‘Ned’ Canfield today hosted a very special guest when Parker Ritchey of Unionville joined the lawmaker as “Representative for a Day.” Parker, a fourth-grader at Christ the King Lutheran, was selected as the winner of Rep. Canfield’s summer reading contest. The reading contest—which took place between May and August—invited elementary school students…

Rep. Franz bills supporting ‘handyman’ jobs approved by House

The state House passed two bills sponsored by state Rep. Ray Franz today amending licensing requirements for “handyman” jobs. House Bills 4281 and 4282 make it easier and cheaper for homeowners to get smaller work projects done. “It can quickly become overly-burdensome to be required to hire a licensed residential builder or contractor to perform…

Rep. Lucido welcomes ‘Rep. for a Day’ contest winner to the Capitol

State Rep. Peter J. Lucido today hosted a very special guest when Amber Watta of Shelby Township joined the lawmaker as “Representative for a Day.” Amber was selected as the winner of Rep. Lucido’s summer reading contest. The reading contest—which took place between May and August—invited elementary school students to fill out an entry bookmark…

Rep. Iden’s public threat alert system goes online today

In cooperation with the Michigan State Police (MSP), state Rep. Brandt Iden’s bill to create a public threat alert system is now online. Effective today, the threat alert system created by Public Act 235 of 2016 is operational. This new alerting system can be used in cases where there is a public threat, which is…

Shared parenting debated in House Committee; Resolution Advanced

The House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors took testimony today on changing the name of the Child Custody Act to the Shared Parenting Act and a presumption of shared parenting in separation and divorce. A resolution was also adopted acknowledging the harmful effects on children of parent behaviors that disrupt a child’s relationship with…

Rep. Tedder testifies in support of bill to help clarify abandoned auto sales

State Rep. Jim Tedder today spoke before the House Committee on Transportation in support of his bill to clarify the 30 days-notice rule in dealing with re-titling abandoned vehicles. 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…

Michigan House approves key FOIA reform plan

Today, the Michigan House of Representatives approved a 10-bill reform plan (House Bills 5469-5478), including House Bill 5470 sponsored by Rep. Martin Howrylak, in a push for increased transparency in Michigan’s government. “Our government works best when it is held accountable by the people,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “The executive and legislative branches of Michigan’s…

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Bipartisan FOIA reform bills clear House

Chatfield: It’s time to set a new standard in Michigan The House today approved legislation to reform Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), creating the Legislative Open Records Act and subjecting the governor and state lawmakers and their employees to greater transparency starting Jan. 1, 2017. State Rep. Lee Chatfield, who sponsors one of the…

Rep. Webber lauds passing of 10-bill FOIA package

Lawmaker: ‘I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of these bills’   State Rep. Michael Webber today praised House passage of a 10-bill package that increases transparency in the Legislature and the governor’s office. Rep. Webber, R-Rochester, co-sponsored all 10 bills in the package, which creates the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) and amends the Freedom…

Rep. Bizon honors military officials from Battle Creek at Capitol ceremony

Rep. Dr. John Bizon met with Master Sgt. Sherilyn Swisher of Battle Creek and Master Sgt. Devon Lavengood of Battle Creek during a ceremony at the state Capitol today. Rep. Bizon, a U.S. Air Force veteran, met with the two District 62 residents before the House approved House Resolution 227. The resolution recognizes the achievements…

Landmark measure introduced by Rep. Bizon helps improve government transparency

After nearly a year of hard work, Rep. Dr. John Bizon’s push for increased transparency in Michigan’s government has found success. Today, the state House approved a 10-bill reform plan, including House Bill 5471 sponsored by Rep. Bizon. “During a tele-town hall with constituents, a large majority of people from Calhoun County told me they…

Rep. Kelly co-sponsors resolution honoring Air National Guard

217th Air Operations Group attends Capitol ceremony State Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw Township, shakes hands with the Air National Guard’s 217th Air Operations Group’s commanding officer, Col. John Miner. Col. Miner, along with 11 airmen, received recognition today in the form of an honorary resolution which reads: “The airmen of the 217th have served with…

Rep. Tedder testifies in support of bill to help clarify abandoned auto sales

State Rep. Jim Tedder today spoke before the House Committee on Transportation in support of his bill to clarify the 30 days-notice rule in dealing with re-titling abandoned vehicles. 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…

Rep. Canfield invites residents to an identity theft presentation

State Rep. Edward Canfield, D.O., will host a town hall meeting with the Michigan Attorney General’s office on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. The meeting focuses on the dangers of identity theft and Susan Peters from the Attorney General’s office will give a presentation offering advice on how to best protect yourself and your…