Legislators tackle topics at local breakfast

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:43 AM

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland; state Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive; and state Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, also answered questions about Michigan’s helmet and dune laws, and auto insurance.

The local Chamber of Commerce hosted the Consumers Energy-sponsored event for the business community at the Holiday Inn.

Each lawmaker discussed what their governmental bodies have recently accomplished and what they plan to tackle in the coming months.

Huizenga said the past 20 months have been the most fascinating of his life, with August being particularly active. One of the things he said Congress has done is pass two budgets, but there’s more work to be done.

“We know what we have to do," Huizenga said. "But the question is, are we going to be able to get there politically?”

Meekhof said constituents often talk to him about bi-partisan voting. He said he points out that bi-partisan voting supported the 604 pieces of legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, or about 81 percent of the new laws since January 2011.

Meekhof said he’s proud of the work the state Legislature has done with the governor.

“We’re resetting financial footing … for everyone to be successful,” he said.

Meekhof went on to talk about the statewide propositions on the Nov. 6 ballot: home health care, a two-third super-majority vote in the Legislature and a new international bridge crossing.

After Meekhof finished, Price updated the group by saying she was proud of the work they’ve managed to accomplish while she’s been in office. She said the Legislature has reformed and reshaped the government.

Price said repealing the emergency manager law, a proposal before state voters in November, is needed in some areas.

“I think it’s one of the best pieces passed,” she said. “... These things had to be done.”

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