Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Bill introduced by Kurt Heise aims to save taxpayer time and money.
The Michigan House on March 6 approved legislation introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, to allow courts to maintain electronic records and utilize electronic court filings, according to a news release from Heise. The bill now goes to the state Senate. House Bill 4064 removes the restriction against electronic records and will allow courts to determine the best method for record-keeping and filing. According to Heise's office, the bill is considered a high priority by the Michigan Supreme Court as it seeks to cut costs and improve access to litigants and the public. "This bill would make the courts more accessible to the people of Michigan and helps bring us into the 21st century," said Heise, who is also an attorney. "Electronic …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Cities expected to feel effects of personal property tax phase-out beginning in 2014.
Plymouth and Northville could feel the pinch of lost revenue from the phased-out elimination of the Personal Property Tax, leaders from both cities said Monday during a joint meeting in Northville between the municipalities' leadership and state legislators. In Michigan, the PPT refers to a tax on commercial and industrial equipment and furniture that is captured by municipalities. Gov. Rick Snyder signed a lame-duck session bill in 2012 to repeal the PPT over 10 years, but the law will take effect for small businesses—which constitute much of Plymouth and Northville's respective business bases—in 2014. The phase-out begins in 2016 for larger manufacturers. By repealing the tax, towns such as Plymouth and Northville are left wondering how…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
City officials to meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at Northville City Hall.
City officials from Plymouth and Northville will get a face-to-face meeting Monday with state legislators representing the community. Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, and Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, represent both Plymouth and Northville. The meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Northville City Hall, is the second such joint meeting between the cities and their shared representatives. Plymouth hosted Colbeck and Heise in 2012, where the parties discussed the benefits of shared services between communities.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Heise expects to introduce anti-squatting legislation in March.
State Rep. Kurt Heise currently is working on legislative reform and regional coordination efforts to combat illegal home squatting, according to a news release from Heise's office. Heise, R-Plymouth Township, is chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee in the State House and is developing legislation with the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Counties, courts, financial institutions and law enforcement to address the issue as the housing market deals with high volumes of vacancies and foreclosures, the news release indicated. "Squatting" is where individuals illegally gain entry to a vacant or foreclosed home and begin living in the dwelling. "We must make squatting less attractive, and to expedite the process in …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Heise will appear 7:30-9:30 a.m. Friday at Panera Bread in downtown Plymouth.
Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, is sponsoring coffee hours to give residents a chance to meet with him locally. Heise will speak with residents from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 at Panera Bread, 400 S. Main St., in downtown Plymouth. No appointment is necessary. Rep. Heise is also available to meet with constituents by appointment either in the district or at his Lansing office. Residents are invited to call toll free 1-855-REPKURT or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Heise to hold office hours in Plymouth, Canton and Northville.
Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, has invited his constituents to meet with him during district office hours on Feb. 11 at locations in eastern Canton, Northville, and Plymouth at the following times and locations: No appointment is necessary during these office hours. If you are unavailable to attend but wish to set up an appointment either in the district or in Lansing or speak with Rep. Heise, call 1-855-REP-KURT.
Friday, January 25, 2013
New committee formed to handle criminal law issues facing Legislature.
Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, has been named chairman of the newly formed Criminal Justice Committee in the Michigan House of Representatives, according to a news release from Heise's office. Heise previously served as vice-chair of the House Judiciary Committee in the previous legislative term. According to that news release, the new Criminal Justice Committee was created out of that committee in response to the variety of complex criminal law issues facing the Legislature. “We’re serious about fighting crime and promoting public safety,” Heise said in a news release, citing human trafficking, medical marijuana reform, crimes against children and senior citizens, illegal drugs, and victims’ rights as his legislative priorities. According …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Representative meeting with residents today at Panera Bread in downtown Plymouth.
State Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) is sponsoring coffee hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally. Heise will talk with residents from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday at Panera Bread, located at 400 S. Main, in Plymouth. No appointment is necessary. Rep. Heise also is available to meet with constituents by appointment either in the district or at his Lansing office. Residents are invited to call toll free 1-855-REPKURT or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The bill makes the penalty for 'swatting' incidents stiffer in Michigan.
Anonymous tipsters giving false information about emergencies to police departments – who respond by sending out SWAT teams – has become increasingly popular, to the chagrin of law enforcement. Michigan now has a law on the books to increase penalties for "swatting." The swatting pranks cost governments a lot of money, state Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) said in a press release. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a Heise-sponsored anti-swatting bill into law Tuesday. Swatting is a new crime in which people use the Internet to report a non-existent crime in progress. Typically, tipsters use the Internet to make false emergency phone calls to 911 centers, in the hopes of getting a SWAT team or other first responders to show up at a person's …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Kurt Heise, Tim Roraback and Dian Slavens face League of Women Voters at Canton Public Library.
Candidates for the 20th and 21st districts of the Michigan House of Representatives tackled education and jobs Monday during a candidate forum in front of about 80 attendees at the Canton Public Library. In the 20th District race, Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) and challenger Tim Roraback (D-Plymouth) attended the forum, moderated by Paula Bowman from the League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County. From the 21st District race, Rep. Dian Slavens (D-Canton) appeared, but her opponent, Joe Barnabei (R-Van Buren Township), did not attend. The 20th District covers Northville, Plymouth and the eastern portion of Canton. The 21st District includes most of Canton, Belleville and Van Buren Township. Both Slavens and Roraback took aim at the …