Rep. Iden: Schools plan gives local districts options during coronavirus-forced building closures

State Rep. Brandt Iden today emphasized that a new executive order related to education during coronavirus-forced school building closures provides several options to help students continue learning remotely. The bipartisan agreement was crafted between the Legislature and Gov. Whitmer, and is reflected in the governor’s new executive order. The order closes all public and private…

Rep. Iden plan allowing college athletes to be compensated clears first hurdle

Sweeping reforms overwhelmingly advanced in vote by House committee A bipartisan plan allowing collegiate student-athletes in Michigan to receive fair outside compensation for their name, image and likeness moved forward today with approval from the House Oversight Committee. The legislation from state Reps. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo Township) and Joe Tate (D-Detroit) stresses free market principles…

Statement from Rep. Brandt Iden on regional event center legislation

Rep. Brandt Iden today issued the following statement after the Michigan House approved his legislation (House Bill 4816) related to regional event centers: “This is an important measure to help Kalamazoo County – and other locations in Michigan – continue to build on the state’s economic momentum. Conventions, concerts, and other special events are a…

Rep. Iden: Modern gaming, sports betting regulations signed into Michigan law

Rep. Brandt Iden’s work to protect Michigan consumers and modernize the state’s gaming regulations is now part of state law. Legislation to allow and regulate online casino-style gaming, along with sports wagering, was signed today by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “After four years of hard work, I’m happy to see Michigan enter the modern era of…

Rep. Iden leads Michigan Legislature’s approval of sports betting, online gaming protections for residents

Rep. Brandt Iden today led the state Legislature’s final votes to approve important consumer protections and modernize Michigan’s gaming laws to incorporate sports betting and evolving technology. The plan – headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature – would benefit Michigan’s economy, create important revenue streams for K-12 schools and local governments, and…

Michigan legislators introduce sweeping plan to allow college athletes to be compensated

A pair of former collegiate athletes now serving in the Michigan Legislature are spearheading a bipartisan plan to allow current and future student-athletes to receive fair compensation for their name, image and likeness. The legislation from state Reps. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo) and Joe Tate (D-Detroit) address the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) strict and archaic…

Rep. Iden supports increased school funding with budget vote

Rep. Brandt Iden this week demonstrated his continued support for increased K-12 education funding by voting in favor of the Michigan Legislature’s school aid budget. Iden supported a budget investing a record $15.2 billion in Michigan schools. The measure was approved by the House in an overwhelming bipartisan vote and is headed to Gov. Whitmer…

Rep. Iden: Michigan should alleviate burdensome occupational restrictions

In a continued effort to give those with a criminal record a better chance at finding steady employment, state Rep. Brandt Iden today testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of a bipartisan plan he is spearheading. In Michigan, when an individual applies for an occupational license, he or she must undergo an…

Rep. Iden: Online gaming reforms must focus on protections, benefits for Michigan residents

State Rep. Brandt Iden today emphasized Michigan must focus on consumer protections while modernizing gaming regulations to reflect current online technology. Iden focused on protecting and benefiting Michigan residents during Ways and Means Committee testimony today, while noting some stakeholders are more interested in monopolizing gaming revenue for the state and counterproductive tax rates that…