Senator Jim Runestad's Press Releases

Runestad praises court decision in support of crash victims

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, issued the following statement on Thursday after the Michigan Court of Appeals declared that fee cuts prescribed by the state’s 2019 no-fault auto insurance reform do not apply retroactively for medical providers serving victims of crashes that occurred before the law change: “This court decision will provide long-awaited relief for many Michiganders catastrophically injured in auto accidents.

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Local lawmakers echo MDHHS’ ‘do not contact’ direction as environmental quality tests continue along Huron River

Low-level hexavalent chromium detected in Hubbell Pond, Kent Lake LANSING, Mich. — A group of bipartisan legislators on Monday reminded residents of the “do not contact” recommendation issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as a portion of the Huron River in Oakland and Livingston counties continues to be tested for the presence of hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen that can cause a

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Sen. Runestad secures huge boost for Haven Hill restoration

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jim Runestad said Tuesday that the recently approved fiscal year 2023 state budget includes $1.8 million to help the Haven Hill Natural Area restoration effort within the Highland Recreation Area. “Haven Hill is one of Oakland County’s most treasured sites, offering southeast Michigan families and visitors an excellent window into the Michigan of the 1920s,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “It is

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Runestad bill to fight organized retail crime signed into law

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad’s legislation to penalize organized retail crime under the state’s racketeering statute was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Criminals at the top of these organized mobs and rings will now be held accountable, not only for retail theft but also for coercing youth and other vulnerable individuals to commit organized retail crimes on their behalf,” said Runestad, R-White Lake.

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Governor signs Runestad bill to expand self-serve tap safety options at Michigan bars, restaurants

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad’s legislation to allow self-dispensing beer, wine or mixed spirits taps to be installed at tables or mounted onto walls at bars and restaurants across the state has been signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “With the governor’s signature of this measure, Michigan has now joined 45 other states that allow self-dispensing technology as an option for busy bars and restaurants —

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Runestad bill will expand self-serve tap safety options at Michigan bars, restaurants

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad’s legislation to allow self-dispensing beer, wine or mixed spirits taps to be installed at tables or mounted onto walls at bars and restaurants across the state is now in line for the governor’s signature after the Senate on Thursday concurred to a final version of the bill. “Michigan has one of the largest craft beer industries in the country and

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