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ICYMI: Michigan’s comeback proven once again

The numbers are in. Michigan’s recovery efforts are working. According to the latest news reports, our unemployment rate, job creation, household income and the economy are improving and Michiganders are getting back on their feet. The Detroit News reported this week that household income increased significantly for the first time since before the recession in…

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#TBT: Accruing a list of tax policy accomplishments

Welcome to the latest edition of Throwback Thursday. This week, we take a look at the legislative accomplishments of the House Tax Policy Committee. In the past, the Tax Policy Committee has worked to make major changes to the tax system to help Michigan residents and small business prosper, as well as participate in Michigan’s…

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Honoring those who protect our communities and our country

Last week, the Michigan House commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a special ceremony. During the event, the House also honored the Michigan first responders killed in the line of duty during the last 365 days, as well as Jackson Prison Guard George W. Haight. Haight, who was poisoned by an inmate while…

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#BuyNearby promotes keeping Michigan’s economy strong

Have you met the Buy Nearby Guy? He’s the big, blue, Michigan-shaped mascot of the Michigan Retailers Association’s Buy Nearby campaign that travels the state encouraging Michiganders to buy from local retailers like your neighbor’s boutique or your local farmers market. The Buy Nearby campaign is visiting the State Capitol Thursday to celebrate and promote “Get Caught…


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Heise co-sponsors bill to prevent oil drilling in residential areas

A new bill co-sponsored by state Rep. Kurt Heise, R- Plymouth Township, could prevent local companies from drilling for oil in Plymouth, Northville and Canton townships in Western Wayne County. Cities or townships with a population of more than 20,000 could prohibit a company from drilling in their municipality under House Bill 5834.  Local governments…

Daley bills help prevent bullying of former union members

Workplace intimidation would be banned under legislation   State Rep. Kevin Daley has introduced legislation to help prevent workplace intimidation and bullying of workers who choose to opt out of union membership. Daley, R-Lum, said House Bills 5846 and 5847 deal with an issue that occurred to constituents who chose to opt out of their…

House passes Jenkins bill giving patients the ‘Right to Try’ new drugs

Terminally ill patients will have access to experimental drugs and therapies under “Right to Try” legislation approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives, announced state Rep. Nancy Jenkins. House Bill 5649, authored by Jenkins, and Senate Bill 991 create the Right to Try Act, allowing drug manufacturers to give eligible patients investigational drugs provided…

Walsh bill allows courts to charge costs to those convicted

Reasonable charges help cover overhead expenses The Michigan House today passed legislation authored by State Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, allowing courts to impose costs to convicted or guilty plea defendants to cover certain operational costs. “It’s a commonsense clarification in the law,” Walsh said. “Those who utilize court facilities and employees’ time should be held…

Millions of dollars in casino compact revenue would no longer bypass legislative oversight under McMillin measure

 Millions of dollars generated annually by Michigan Indian casino compacts would be appropriated by the state in an open and transparent process under legislation introduced today by Rep. Tom McMillin that stops the revenue from flowing directly into the controversial Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Under casino compacts, the MEDC receives millions of dollars annually…

Bills will revoke medical license for physicians who intentionally break the law

A four-bill package introduced by state Reps. Jeff Farrington, Pat Somerville, Klint Kesto and Peter Pettalia will better protect patients being treated by physicians who are acting illegally by permitting a disciplinary board the authority to permanently revoke the physician’s license to practice. House Bills 5839-5842 authorize the state, through a disciplinary subcommittee, to permanently…

Lauwers votes in favor of legislation to help St. Clair County court system

The St. Clair County court system can continue its longstanding practice of imposing reasonable costs on convicted criminals under legislation approved today by the Michigan House, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. House Bill 5785, co-sponsored by Lauwers, allows all Michigan county courts to impose costs to help pay for operating expenses, court employee salaries and…

Cotter, McCready sponsor package reforming wage garnishment laws

Changes offer added protections to employees, employers The Michigan House today passed a two-bill package to cut bureaucratic red tape involving the state’s wage garnishment laws and strengthen the overall economy, announced state Reps. Kevin Cotter and Mike McCready. House Bills 5390 and 5391 provide comprehensive wage garnishment reform, which will reduce administrative burdens on employers,…