Build Better Michigan Roads was the House’s focus this week

April 19, 2014
Rep. Ray Franz

Rep. Ray Franz

The Capitol Report. By Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama.

This is the Capitol Report for the week of April 14-18.

The introduction of several bills to provide additional road funding, based on the House’s “Build Better Michigan Roads” proposal, were a main focus this week.

The plan provides more efficiency, better quality and improved fairness as a way to start increasing road funding to a minimum of $450 million in 2015. (HBs 545254535459 and 5460, with more bills to be introduced next week.)

We did vote on two bills.

The first, HB 5195, would reduce some of the regulations for processing wild game, to make it easier for small meat processors like I was to be more productive.

The other bill, HB 5192, would change the mortality tables used to price life insurance. This changes puts us in line with other states and will make the life insurance industry in Michigan more competitive.

Five bills were moved from second reading to third reading: HBs 52165217 regard the employment of paroled prisoners; HB 5218 and HB 5220 address certain occupation license requirements; and HB 4341 clarifies the donation of dead bodies to accredited medical schools.

That’s what happened in Lansing this week.

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