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Bridge Magazine article examines problem of ‘scrap-metal theft’ in Michigan

Posted July 28, 2013 by Bruce Snook

The problem of ‘scrap-metal theft’ in Michigan is the focus of an article by Nancy Derringer in Bridge Magazine. The article reports that legislation has been proposed to toughen rules for scrap-metal dealers, but the package of bills “stalled in the House Regulatory Reform Committee earlier this summer over strong objections from the industry.” For […]

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Preventing child abduction

Posted July 14, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – Under legislation co-sponsored by Sen. John Proos, Michigan would give courts pro-active tools to protect children from being abducted by a parent during divorce proceedings. “One of a parent’s greatest fears is that their child might be kidnapped,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Alarmingly, child abductions by parents during divorce or custody disputes are […]

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Calley signs bill giving communities more control over fireworks

Posted June 20, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING, Mich. – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Wednesday (June 19) signed legislation that allows local governments to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks between midnight and 8 a.m. on the day before, day of, and day after national holidays. “This is a common-sense bill that respects the preferences of communities by letting local authorities decide […]

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Upton fights to stop military sexual assault

Posted June 15, 2013 by Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – With 87 percent of the estimated incidents of unwanted sexual contact going unreported by those serving in our military because service men and women fear retaliation, it is time to change the system. Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, is demanding stronger reforms to stop the spreading epidemic of sexual assault in the […]

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Wine tasting and farmer’s markets…that’s Pure Michigan!

Posted May 26, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – The Michigan Senate has unanimously approved legislation to help promote the state’s agriculture industry by allowing small winemakers to offer wine tastings at farmer’s markets, said Sen. John Proos. “Winemaking is a thriving industry in Southwest Michigan that employs thousands of residents, and this legislation will allow our local communities to support startup […]

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House approves bills that eliminate burdens on homeowners, job creators

Posted May 24, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Reform will help homeowners save money  The House on Wednesday (May 22nd) approved a package of bills that would eliminate regulatory hurdles that burden job creators who are providing access to new technology through the installation of advanced home monitoring systems. The measures were approved with strong, bipartisan support. House Bills 4591 and 4737, introduced […]

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Snyder signs bill to strengthen penalties for elder abuse

Posted May 21, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday (May 21) signed legislation that further protects Michigan’s vulnerable adults by strengthening the ability of judges to impose stricter sentences for criminals who embezzle from seniors or the mentally ill. “This is a good bill that will help in our efforts to combat the abuse of vulnerable citizens […]

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Nesbitt audit reform bill provides common-sense guidance to taxpayers

Posted May 17, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Lawmaker: Auditors should stick to the facts The House Tax Policy Committee has approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt that makes Michigan friendlier to small businesses already operating here and could lure more job creators to the state. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said House Bill 4289 is a simple, common-sense reform to give taxpayers […]

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Schools with too many snow days can now lengthen year’s remaining days

Posted May 17, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Thursday (May 16) that allows school districts that have exceeded their allotted six days of school closure to extend the length of remaining school days instead of adding days to the year in order to meet the required minimum 1,098 hours of instruction. “This will help schools […]

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House approves Lori bill to expand rifle hunting to southern Michigan

Posted May 16, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Legislation now heads to Senate for consideration  The House Thursday (May 16th) unanimously approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Matt Lori to allow the use of rifles for deer hunting in densely populated areas now limited to pistols, shotguns and muzzleloaders. House Bill 4283 would allow the use of a straight-walled pistol cartridge in […]

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House panel OKs Lori bill allowing rifles for southern deer hunting

Posted May 10, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Special ammunition would ease public safety risk The House Tourism Committee Thursday (May 9th) approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Matt Lori that allows limited use of rifles for deer hunting in an area now limited to shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols. House Bill 4283 would allow the use of a straight-walled pistol cartridge in […]

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Lori bills to keep boaters safe clear House committee

Posted May 8, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Measure to fund Crime Stoppers also approved A package of bills to keep boaters, snowmobilers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts safer were approved today by the House Criminal Justice Committee. Another bill that funds Crime Stoppers, sponsored by state Rep. Matt Lori, also was approved by the panel and sent to the House for a vote. […]

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Upton votes to protect U.S. businesses from cyber attacks

Posted April 19, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Daily economic espionage cost American companies hundreds of billions of dollars per year WASHINGTON, DC – Each day, private American businesses are confronted with an onslaught of cyber attacks from individual hackers and those sponsored by countries like China, Iran, and Russia, which are seeking to steal valuable U.S. research and development.  Rampant cyber exploitation […]

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House OKs Lori bills to allow tax return donations for Alzheimer’s research

Posted April 11, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Measure now goes to Senate for consideration The House of Representatives Wednesday (April 10) approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Matt Lori allowing Michigan residents to contribute part of their tax returns to the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association Fund. House Bills 4081 and 4082 add the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association Fund to the list of organizations where […]

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Lori, Pagel bills crack down on drunken boating, snowmobiling

Posted March 28, 2013 by Bruce Snook

State Reps. Matt Lori and Dave Pagel introduced legislation to bring the blood alcohol content (BAC) for boaters and operators of snowmobiles in line with limits for those operating automobiles. House Bills 4441-4444 set the legal BAC for watercraft and snowmobiler operators at .08, the same level that classifies automobile drivers as being legally intoxicated, […]

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House bills increase curriculum flexibility

Posted March 16, 2013 by Bruce Snook

A two-bill legislative package unveiled Thursday (March 14) would modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum so high school students have the flexibility to explore career and vocational training education options. Reps. Ed McBroom, Joel Johnson, Aric Nesbitt and Peter Pettalia hosted a news conference at the Jackson Academy for Manufacturing Careers/Jackson Area Career Center to make […]

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Proos meets with local officials about CTE legislation

Posted March 5, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING—Sen. John Proos on Monday (March 4) met with area business owners and career and technical education (CTE) directors of local schools at the Michigan Works! of Benton Harbor office. The meeting focused on discussing the best way to structure legislation to improve access for students to alternative or CTE courses. “Every Southwest Michigan student […]

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Coldwater lawmaker announces bills to assist funeral directors in providing services

Posted March 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

State Rep. Kenneth Kurtz Friday (March 1) announced legislation that would help funeral directors and grieving Michigan families. House Bills 4303, 4329 and 4330 would allow Midwest funeral directors to cross state lines to participate in the removal, document signing, and transportation process.  Michigan funeral directors would be allowed the same rights in other states […]

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Proos sponsors high school curriculum reform – bill would allow students to take CTE classes to meet graduation requirements

Posted January 22, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING­ – Sen. John Proos has sponsored legislation in the Michigan Senate to allow options for students to count additional career and technical education (CTE) courses toward meeting the state’s high school graduation requirements. “I support a rigorous education that prepares our children for success in college and beyond, but we must also acknowledge that […]

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Governor signs Caswell bill clarifying definition of farm implements

Posted January 8, 2013 by Bruce Snook

LANSING – Governor Snyder has signed Senate Bill 1121 into law as Public Act 589 of 2012.  This legislation, sponsored by Senator Bruce Caswell, amends the Motor Vehicle Code to clarify what constitutes a farm implement, or implement of husbandry, taking away the vagueness that has caused confusion for farmers and law enforcement for decades. […]

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