Representative Beau LaFave

LANSING, MI--   A House committee has approved legislation sponsored by Representative Beau LaFave that would give high school students credit for internships.

LaFave says many students start career development before they graduate. He says giving course credit for completion of an internship or work study program will encourage them to take advantage of opportunities in their own back yard.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave says he’ll fight a bill that would ban race- and ethnicity-based school mascots.

The Iron Mountain Republican says he hasn’t heard from one Upper Peninsula resident who was offended by a school’s mascot. He cites the Escanaba and Gladstone school districts, which have the Eskymos and Braves representing them. Lafave says the legislation is “just another weak attempt at forcing political correctness onto us.” He says those communities respect and celebrate their local schools’ mascot.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave has sponsored legislation that would require air ambulance operations to give non-emergency patients a choice in transportation. 

The Iron Mountain Republican says air ambulance companies participate in “bill balancing.” The patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. He says that could leave patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave has co-sponsored legislation that requires the legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1 each year. 

The joint resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to establish the July 1 deadline and would ensure legislators adhere to it. Should lawmakers fail to complete the budget in time, they would forfeit their daily salaries until the governor gets the budget.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave has introduced legislation that would eliminate the concealed pistol license requirement. 

His bill would let all legal gun owners carry anywhere CPL holders are currently allowed to carry. Under the four-bill package, the current concealed pistol licensing structure would remain in place, allowing individuals who hold a CPL to continue to carry concealed pistols in other states with reciprocity. Unlicensed individuals will not be permitted to carry concealed in pistol-free zones.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan House has adopted a resolution introduced by Representative Beau LaFave urging the president and Congress to continue fully funding the Essential Air Services program. 

The program provides smaller communities around the country with commercial airline services.

President Trump had recommended cuts to the program’s budget, which would affect five airports in the U.P

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave is urging budget negotiators to include funding for Upper Peninsula Emergency Medical Services. 

The Iron Mountain Republican says the house draft of the Health and Human Services budget didn’t include $182,000 to fund UPEMS operations. He says if it isn’t replaced many rural communities won’t have adequate emergency medical care.

The funding pays for an annual continuing education seminar for EMS personnel in the Upper Peninsula. Last year about 500 personnel attended.

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.