Monday, January 14, 2013
According to Detroiter Magazine, White Lake's Mike Kowall is one of the few legislators named to the 2013 Legislators to Watch list.
Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) has been named one of the 2013 Legislators to Watch by Detroiter Magazine. According to the article, it's Kowall's knack for economic development policy that's earned him the distinction. The article states: "...Kowall has shown a knack for economic development policy, evident by his role as chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee. He also serves as vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and has been a key proponent for the establishment of a Regional Transit Authority." Kowall also represents Highland Township. Other legislators on the list include:
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Rep. Eileen Kowall and Sen. Mike Kowall did not miss one of their respective legislative votes in 2012, according to a nonpartisan vote-tracking website.
State Rep. Eileen Kowall (R-White Lake) and Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) can add perfect attendance to their 2012 accomplishments — or, at least, a perfect voting record. The nonpartisan vote-tracking website michiganvotes.org — which compiles the voting histories of lawmakers in the Michigan House and Senate — noted that Eileen Kowall did not miss one of the House's 904 votes in 2012; and Mike Kowall voted in all of the Senate's 1082 votes. Eileen Kowall represents Michigan’s 44th District, which includes White Lake and Highland. State representatives are elected for two-year terms and are limited to three terms. Mike Kowall represents Michigan's 15th District, which includes both White Lake and Highland. State senators are elected for…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Under the proposed budget Huron Valley Schools could lose $2,663,717, according to estimates by the House Fiscal Agency.
A group of Michigan House Democrats gathered in Southfield Monday morning to level charges that Republican lawmakers and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder are leaving school children behind when it comes to funding education. During a press conference held at University Academy, a school for gifted and talented students on the Southfield High campus, lawmakers said the proposed budget continues a $470 per pupil funding cut currently in place. What's more, they said, the omnibus legislation lacks transparency and makes it more difficult for citizens to see exactly how tax dollars are being allocated. Under the proposed budget Huron Valley Schools could lose $2,663,717, according to estimates by the House Fiscal Agency. State Rep. Ellen Cogen …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Michigan Senate joins the House in voting to lift the safety requirement for riders older than 21.
Michigan will become the 31st state to give motorcyclists the option of wearing a helmet since Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation, his office announced today. Motorcyclists who are 21 or older can ride without a helmet if they have at least an additional $20,000 in medical insurance and passed a motorcycle safety course or had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years. Opponents of state mandates feel use should be a personal choice. They say helmets can limit peripheral vision, muffle traffic awareness sounds and create additional injury risk because of their weight. Arguments in favor of crash helmets cite safety studies, lower public medical costs, eye protection if face shields are used and reduced fatigue by improving …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Statutes regulating film incentives, heating aid, business taxes and public safety mergers also take effect.
When the ball drops at midnight to usher in the new year several laws that might affect you or your family will also be enacted in Michigan. Gov. Rick Snyder, this year, signed legislation regulating home foreclosures, charter schools, student bullying, teachers' unions and other areas – all are set to take effect when the clock strikes 12. Take a look at some the laws that will start in 2012: Mortgage lenders must provide a list of nonprofit consumer counselors with the first foreclosure step so borrowers can seek immediate advice. Two bills signed Dec. 22 also provide additional time and ways for owners to arrange modifications such as interest rate reduction and principal reduction to cut monthly payments. To minimize solicitations by …