House panel advances lawmaker’s measure reducing CPL renewal fee
The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today approved state Rep. Brad Paquette’s plan to substantially reduce the concealed pistol license (CPL) renewal fee, allowing more Michiganders to afford their right to bear arms.
Paquette’s plan, hatched from bipartisan collaboration, states the $115 CPL holders pay every five years to renew their license would be substantially reduced to $30, which would compensate for county costs of processing renewals of applications.
Paquette, of Niles, said the state’s cost-prohibitive CPL renewal requirement creates an unnecessary financial barrier that could prevent low-income Michiganders from obtaining a permit to carry concealed.
“Between an individual participating in a CPL training course, paying for initial licensing fees and renewal fees, and purchasing a firearm, the cost for Michiganders to lawfully exercise their Second Amendment right is just too high,” Paquette said. “The CPL renewal fee is a financial burden that needs to be reduced to cover the actual cost to renew a license. The right to defend yourself shouldn’t be a money-maker for local units of government.”
House Bill 5098 now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for further consideration.
A group of Republican lawmakers this week introduced a plan protecting Michigan residents and job providers from excessive penalties for non-compliance with rules implemented unilaterally by the governor.
State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Niles, and State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, of Detroit, delivered testimony Tuesday before the state House Education Committee on a bipartisan package of bills to give Michigan educators a voice in state policy decisions that directly affect local schools.
Speaking during his tele town hall meeting with area residents this weekend, Rep. Paquette say his chief job in the community the past few weeks has been listening and getting voices heard.