HB 4240 Legislative Action Day. May 27th

HB 4240 is on the short list of bills being championed by the Michigan Affiliate of Our America Initiative.  Their Michigan Director, Scotty Boman, is also the Webmaster of this site, and author of this post.

People interested in lobbying for HB 4240, need not lobby for any legislation that doesn’t interest them.

We will meet at 9:00 AM. At first we will be outside by the entrance, then we will be in the Cafeteria Lobby area to decide which offices to visit.  If you get lost, call Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052, or email him at: scottyboman[AT]hotmail[DOT]com

HB 4240 to allow the placement of the Brass Roots plaque and a monument celebrating freedom of speech on capital grounds.  Expenses would be completely paid for by private sponsors:

If you get lost, call (313) 247-2052. At first we will be outside by the entrance, then we will be in the Cafateria Lobby area to decide which offices to visit.

Anderson House Office Building

124 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933, USA

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Brass Roots Bill Reloaded as HB 4240 of 2015

Brass Roots founder Jon Coon with Brass Roots Michigan  activist Mike DeVore displaying the Plaque in front of the Michigan State Capital Building.  It was presented at a second rally in 1995.

Brass Roots founder Jon Coon with Brass Roots Michigan activist Mike DeVore displaying the Plaque in front of the Michigan State Capital Building. It was presented at a second rally in 1995.

Forty First District State Representative Martin Howrylak has introduced a new bill to get the Brass Roots Plaque displayed in it’s rightful home on the grounds of the State Capital Building. You may Contact your State Representative and ask him or her to cosponsor or support HB 4240 at: house.mi.gov … and you may also encourage your state senator to introduce or support a Senate version of HB 4240 at: senate.mi.gov However, the most immediate action that must be made is to move this bill out of committee.  To do that there needs to be a committee hearing.  Bradford Jacobsen is the Chair of the Government Operations Committee. So it is urgent that he schedules a hearing. Please contact anyone you know who may be in the 46th State Representative District, and ask them to call Representative Jacobsen at 517-373-1798 ( 855-737-2723 toll free) or email him using at: BradJacobsen@house.mi.gov

Other Committee Members Must Be Contacted Too! If you are in any of these districts please contact your representative and urge him or her to have a committee hearing for this bill.  If you know anyone in one of these districts, urge your friend to do likewise.

Bradford Jacobsen (R) Committee Chair, 46th District
Michael Webber (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 45th District
Andrea LaFontaine (R) 32nd District
Tim Greimel (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 29th District
Sam Singh (D) 69th District
Malika Abdul-Basir, Committee Clerk 517-373-7256

HB 5595 (2014) Update

While Scotty Boman and Mary Buzuma were attending the legislative action day on December 10th, Committee Chairman Wayne Schmidt informed them that a vote on HB 5595 would not be on the Transportation and Infrastructure’s agenda this session.  That’s the bad news.

The good news is that State Representative Martin Howrylak and State Senator Mike Green have been reelected, so the plaque may still find it’s home in 2015.  Martin Howrylak was the author of HB 5595 and he expressed a willingness to introduce this legislation early in 2015 session.  Senator Mike Green remains ready to introduce identical legislation, or follow up on the house version in 2015.

Please remember to thank the office holders who have been supportive of our efforts.

Have a Happy New Year!

Legislative Action Day December 10th

The administrator of this blog, Scotty Boman, will be holding a legislative action day Wednesday December 10th.  Tentatively, he should arrive by the capital between 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM.  The exact location will probably be infront of the legislative office building:

Anderson House Office Building
124 North Capitol , Lansing, MI

More details will be posted, but anyone who may be interested should call Scotty Boman at: (313) 247-2052 or email him at: scottyboman@hotmail.com

Melt The Switchboards Monday!

[Note:  We all get passionate at times, but please temper passion with a positive attitude and civility.  It is better to hold back and get desirable results, then to vent frustration and fail.]

The Brass Roots Plaque had it’s hearing before the election.  However, the hearing only permitted testimony.  A vote was not taken on getting HB 5595 out of committee.  There is a meeting of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure this Tuesday, but unfortunately HB 5595 is not currently on the agenda.  To his credit, Committee Chair Wayne Schmidt put the testimony on the agenda before, perhaps he can be persuaded

The Brass Roots Plaque

Spent shell casings were collected, melted down and made into a plaque commemorating the rally and casting in brass the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and Article I, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution — alongside a 3-dimensional Statue of Liberty relief, created by famed, Michigan sculptor, Edward Chesney.

to add it to the agenda to be voted on.

Please call, email, and fax Wayne Schmidt to urge him to place HB 5595 on the December second agenda, and get everyone you know to do the same!  Schmidt was just elected to the State Senate to represent the 37th district, so calls from constituents in either the 104th State House district, or the 37th State Senate district will be especially effective.  All legislators are primarily accountable to people who live in their districts, so if you know sympathetic constituents in any committee member districts, please urge them to join our effort.

Also, it is important that your representative supports this when it comes to the floor.  Call your representative and your state senator!

Naturally, anyone who can show up in person Monday or Tuesday should do it.

There are only three weeks left in the 2014 legislative session.  If we don’t get this passed in the next three weeks, then the entire process must be restarted in 2015 assuming the bill is even reintroduced. There will be a legislative action day on December 10th, and it would be nice to have this bill in play by then.

 Transportation Committee:

Wayne Schmidt (R) Committee Chair, 104th District

Ben Glardon (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 85th District

Kevin Daley (R) 82nd District

Kurt Heise (R) 20th District

Bradford Jacobsen (R) 46th District

Margaret O’Brien (R) 61st District

Peter Pettalia (R) 106th District

Dan Lauwers (R) 81st District

Michael McCready (R) 40th District

Marilyn Lane (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 31st District

Scott Dianda (D) 110th District

David Rutledge (D) 54th District

Gretchen Driskell (D) 52nd District

Tom Cochran (D) 67th District

Charles Smiley (D) 50th District

Finally, while you are speaking to committee members, you may also ask them to support HB 5867.  This is an unrelated bill, other than the fact that it’s author is Martin Howrylak who also authored HB 5595.  While it is not normally good practice to support a bill because you like a different bill by the same legislator, HB 5867 is a common sense bill that would recognize people who must use motorized or manual wheelchairs as pedestrians rather than motorists.



Mary Lou Terrien, Committee Clerk


Hearing Scheduled for HB 5595 This Tuesday (9/30)

Lansing, MI – On Wednesday September 24th Wayne Schmidt, Chairman of the State House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, informed Brass Roots lobbyists (Kim Moore and Scotty Boman) that he would schedule a hearing for HB 5595 (A Bill to Allow Brass Roots to place their plaque on the capital grounds). A hearing is necessary to move a bill out of committee. This welcome news came on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the original “Brass Roots” gun rally. The hearing will be this Tuesday, September 30th at 10:30 AM in Room 521 of the House Office Building. Testimony on HB 5595 is at the end of the hearing agenda. The complete agenda is posted at the bottom of this page, and the official up-to-date version may be linked to here: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ehguag3xesunqjqrhj5hot45))/mileg.aspx?page=committeemeeting&objectName=24185

It remains important to…

People attending the hearing may have a special treat. Rumor has it (from a reliable source) that the plaque itself will be on display in the vicinity of the capital or the House Office Building. This event stands to be a reunion for veterans of the Brass Roots organization. Anyone who is unfamiliar with the plaque can find some information and a few useful links on this website.

Committee Meeting Meetings by bodies of elected members delegated by the House or Senate to consider and make recommendations concerning disposition of bills, resolutions, and other related matters referred to them. Committees are appointed by the Speaker of the House or the Senate Majority Leader and are organized according to subject matter.

Committee: Transportation and Infrastructu
Clerk Phone Number: Mary Lou Terrien 517-373-1260
Location: Room 521, House Office Building, Lansing, MI
Date: Tuesday, 9/30/2014
Time: 10:30 AM

HB 5117 (Rep. Victory) Counties; boards and commissions; transfer of functions of a county road commission to the county board of commissioners; eliminate sunset.

HB 5118 (Rep. Victory) Counties; boards and commissions; powers and duties of county road commissioners to be exercised by the county board of commissioners; eliminate sunset.

HB 5408 (Rep. Schmidt) Vehicles; other; commercial quadricycle; define and exclude from definition of motor vehicle.

HB 5409 (Rep. Irwin) Vehicles; other; commercial quadricycles; allow to serve alcohol under certain circumstances and make other revisions to Michigan vehicle code.

SB 903 (Sen. Hildenbrand) Vehicles; fund-raising registration plates; fund-raising registration plate recognizing Michigan Blood; create, and earmark to Michigan Blood.

SB 970 (Sen. Casperson) Vehicles; driver training; certain requirements applicable to commercial learner’s permit; amend to comply with federal regulations.

Testimony only:

HB 5595 (Rep. Howrylak) History and arts; historic sites; second amendment monument on the capitol grounds; provide for. Chair Representative Wayne Schmidt

In the spirit of compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with a disability should feel free to contact the Office of the Secretary of the Senate by phone [(517) 373-2400] or by TDD [(517) 373-0543] if requesting special services to effectively participate in the meeting

Testimony By Tim O’Brien of the Small Government Alliance