Rep. Iden welcomes WMU trustee for State of the State

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden (left) of Oshtemo is pictured with Western Michigan University Trustee Lynn Chen-Zhang and her husband, Charles Zhang. Iden and his visitors watched Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.

Rep. Iden applauds work of House mental health task force

Legislator optimistic about changes on the horizon State Rep. Brandt Iden today said he looks forward to the many legislative changes that will result from the House’s mental health task force report unveiled this week, which includes recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system. The bipartisan task force spent five months…

Rep. Iden announces FIRST Robotics grants

State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced 2.5 million dollars in state grant awards to several local FIRST Robotics teams. “FIRST teaches students the skills necessary to prepare them to be successful in the 21st century economy,” Iden said. “I am incredibly proud to support this program that will inspire young people to be science and…

Rep. Iden: 2017 improved business climate, quality of life for Kalamazoo County

In 2017, I supported many policies at your state Capitol to improve lives throughout our county and all across Michigan. I voted for a state budget that keeps government accountable for all tax dollars and invests in priorities important to families. The budget – covering a fiscal year that began on October 1st, 2017 —…

Michigan House committee approves Rep. Iden’s online gaming legislation

The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee today approved Rep. Brandt Iden’s proposal to legalize online casino gaming with overwhelming bipartisan support. Iden’s legislation would allow internet-based gaming only through casinos currently operating in Michigan, including Detroit’s three casinos and any tribal casino that reworks its compact with the state to reflect the new technology. Safeguards…

Committee advances Rep. Iden’s bill streamlining requirements for accountants

State Rep. Brandt Iden’s legislation to streamline and standardize licensing and continuing education requirements for certified public accountants is advancing in the Michigan House. The House Regulatory Reform Committee, which Iden chairs, this week approved the legislation aimed at making Michigan standards more uniform with other states. “This bill will improve the business climate for…

Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during local coffee hours in December. “Coffee hours are a great way to connect with residents and discuss the topics that matter most to them,” Iden said. “I encourage anyone with ideas or questions about state government to attend and look…

Rep. Iden votes to eliminate driver responsibility fees

Bipartisan legislation also forgives debt   State Rep. Brandt Iden today joined a strong majority of his House colleagues in voting for bipartisan legislation that ends driver responsibility fees. Iden, of Oshtemo Township, said the fees were contrived by a previous administration in 2003 as a last-minute answer to a budget shortfall. The fees placed…

Rep. Iden bill creating savings opportunities for community colleges is signed

Michigan’s community colleges will now have increased ability when it comes to funding forward-thinking infrastructure and energy efficient development, thanks to legislation proposed by state Rep. Brandt Iden and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Lease-purchase agreements do not demand up front full payments like bonding debts and act as a pay-as-you-go system. Money community colleges…

House OKs pilot program to aid in battle against opioid abuse

Iden says Kalamazoo County work could benefit entire state   The Michigan House of Representatives today approved funding for a Kalamazoo County pilot program to fight opioid abuse that state Rep. Brandt Iden said will have statewide significance. Iden, of Oshtemo, said he worked with Appropriations Committee Chair Laura Cox to have funding included in…

Rep. Iden bill increasing abilities for state’s cybersecurity volunteers becomes law

Michigan has further improved on its already robust cybersecurity efforts after a bill proposed by state Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo today was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Iden’s bill creates the Cyber Civilian Corps Act, which allows volunteers to provide cyber-defense services to nonprofits, private businesses, educational organizations and other non-governmental entities. “The Michigan…