Michigan House of Representatives

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan House of Representatives has approved legislation introduced by 

Representative Beau LaFave to streamline the process of getting a concealed weapons permit.

The bill authorizes the Secretary of State to share photographs taken for official state personal identification cards with the Michigan State Police for use on concealed weapons licenses.

LaFave says the bill would allow state government to operate more efficiently when processing applications.

The legislation moves to the senate for consideration.  

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan House members have introduced a public records proposal they say will increase transparency. 

The package of bills would subject the governor and lawmakers to public records requests. This will be the second attempt to get the bills passed in the Senate after overwhelming approval from the House last year.

The proposal announced Wednesday is a bipartisan effort sponsored by state Reps. Lee Chatfield, a Republican from Levering, and Jeremy Moss, a Democrat from Southfield.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A proposal to provide up to $250 million in annual tax breaks to attract larger-scale business expansions in Michigan won't be voted in the House before the term expires this month.

Rep. Lee Chatfield, who chairs the House Local Government Committee, cited Tuesday the recent budget ramifications of companies redeeming larger-than-expected tax credits awarded under Michigan's previous, recession-era economic development program.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   For the first time in the history of the Michigan House of Representatives, a woman will lead the powerful budget committee. 

Republican Rep. Laura Cox was named Monday as the next House Appropriations chairwoman by Speaker-elect Tom Leonard. Cox, who will take control in January, is a first-term lawmaker from Livonia.

Leonard says Cox "is the best person for the job," and "no one is more qualified or better prepared." Cox says she is "honored and humbled" by the pending appointment.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House has approved legislation prohibiting state agencies from setting regulations that are more stringent than federal rules without special input from directors.  

The measure passed 61-47 Tuesday, with House Democrats voting in opposition.

It would require directors of state agencies to prove "clear and convincing need" to make state rules tougher than federal standards.

Republican supporters say the measure gives Michigan's Legislature more control over what rules state agencies adopt.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan House has approved a resolution to amend the state constitution requiring law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before looking through electronic data or communications. 

The House on Thursday passed the resolution 107-1 to include electronic communications under a section of the constitution protecting against unreasonable search and seizure. It would still require passage by a two-thirds majority of the Senate as well as voter approval.

If the Senate OKs the measure, it could go before voters on the November ballot.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state House has approved a package of bills to raise speed limits on more than 1,000 miles of highway in the state.  

Speed limits on about 600 miles of some rural highways could jump to 75 mph while another 900 miles of highways could boost to 60 mph if certain engineering requirements are met under legislation the House approved Wednesday in a 56-53 vote.

Republican sponsor Rep. Bradford Jacobsen says safety is "paramount."


LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan House narrowly approved a bill that would erase a state requirement ensuring every morel mushroom found in the wild is inspected by a mushroom expert.  

The House approved the bill Tuesday by a 57-52 vote. Republican Rep. Triston Cole sponsored the bill and says current law infringes "upon an individual's livelihood" and gets in the way of wild mushroom hunters peddling their wares to local restaurants.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Students could skip out on foreign language classes under a bill approved by the Michigan House.  

High schoolers would also have to take a civics exam based on the naturalization test used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to graduate from high school under another bill the House also passed on Tuesday. Both bills head to the Senate.

One bill softens a foreign language requirement to graduate from high school, allowing students to take computer coding classes instead.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Police would be authorized to send alerts to cell phones when they're aware of a mass shooter under legislation motivated by the Kalamazoo-area shootings.  

The House approved a package of bills Tuesday. It's in response to Uber driver Jason Dalton, who is charged with killing six people and injuring two more in the Kalamazoo area in February.