Rep. Theis named chair of House Insurance Committee

State Rep. Lana Theis, of Brighton, was today appointed to serve as the chair of the House Insurance Committee by Speaker Tom Leonard.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of Michigan in this role,” said Rep. Theis. “I will work with my colleagues to create insurance reforms that reflect the needs of Michigan’s people.”

The Insurance Committee deliberates on various issues related to insurance, including private health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, and auto insurance, among other issue areas.

Rep. Theis was also appointed to serve as a member of the Regulatory Reform and Law and Justice committees, and will serve as the vice chair of the Judiciary committee.

House committees will have their first meetings in the coming weeks.


Rep. Theis maintains perfect voting record

State Rep. Lana Theis maintained a perfect voting record during her first term as a member of the Michigan Legislature in 2015-2016.

“It is my duty to show up on behalf of the residents of our district,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “I’m honored to have this responsibility and I’m proud that I did not miss a single vote.”

Rep. Theis serves House District 42, which includes the residents of the city of Brighton and the townships of Brighton, Genoa, Green Oak, Hamburg and Putnam.

Last session, Rep. Theis served as the vice chair of the Committee on Insurance and as a member of the committees on Financial Services, Local Government, and Oversight and Ethics. She was selected by her peers to serve as assistant majority floor leader in the 2017-18 term. 

Rep. Theis elected to 2017-18 House leadership position, Brighton lawmaker will serve as an assistant majority floor leader

State Rep. Lana Theis was today elected to serve as an assistant majority floor leader for the 2017-2018 legislative session of the Michigan House of Representatives.

“It’s a great honor to be selected by my colleagues to serve as a member of the House leadership team next session,” said Rep. Theis, R-Brighton. “I look forward to continuing Michigan’s success that we saw last term.”

The assistant majority floor leader assists the majority floor leader in directing activities on the House floor.

First elected in 2014, Rep. Theis serves as the vice chair of the Committee on Insurance. She is also a member of the Committees on Financial Services, Local Government, and Oversight and Ethics.

(For Release on November 10, 2016)

Theis opposes legislation that allows Capitol expansion projects to happen quietly

State Rep. Lana Theis today voted no on legislation which includes open-ended language she believes could allow for unnecessary expansion projects outside of the original scope of intended renovations for the State Capitol building.

“I want the Legislature to be forthright about what the intentions for these Capitol improvement projects,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “The language in the legislation is too broad and I want to ensure we are being cautious with how the taxpayer dollars are being spent.”

Theis offered a substitution to the legislation which would have removed the open-ended language and laid out the specific types of projects on which Capitol renovation dollars could be spent. The substitution was not adopted by the committee, and Theis therefore voted against the legislation.

“I do not disagree that our State Capitol building has major mechanical and electrical improvement projects which need to happen, but I cannot support the unrestricted parameters of this legislation.” Theis said.

Despite Theis’ opposition, House Bills 6047-6048 were passed by the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics and now heads to the Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration.

(For Release on December 1, 2016)

Statement on Detroit Public School (DPS) Legislation

Last week I issues the following statement regarding my support of the legislative package, which passed the Michigan House of Representatives on June 2, 2016:

Rep. Theis supports DPS funding and reforms

“If we allow the school district to go into bankruptcy we will be forced, by a federal judge, to pay more than we are offering to supplement in funding today. Right now, we have the choice to send monetary resources to Detroit with strings attached, meaning the Michigan Legislature has the ability to carry out major reforms needed for DPS. We will lose the ability to force DPS to reform their district if we allow them to enter bankruptcy.

“Allowing DPS to go into bankruptcy would have a profound impact on the students within our local school district. Bankruptcy for DPS will cost a tremendous amount of money for the state and will likely result in the funding allocated to classrooms across Michigan being cut.  Our district will likely be forced to take a massive per-pupil foundation reduction in order to satisfy the bankruptcy judgement. I will not standby, idly watching the district enter bankruptcy if it is going to have a direct negative impact on the schools in Livingston County. I am supporting this bill package to safeguard school districts statewide and avoid losing per-pupil foundation allowance.

“I was more inclined to support this DPS package because the Detroit Education Commission (DEC) is NOT included. The DEC, appointed by the Mayor of Detroit, was ultimately charged with the decision to decide which schools will be closed and which ones would remain open based upon politics rather than results. Instead, this DPS package includes a citizen advisory board that will allow parents, educators and other stakeholders to volunteer for the committee and recommend improvement for Detroit’s students.

“For too long the state of Michigan has ignored the issues in Detroit Public Schools. We have continued to provide them additional financial resources without requiring the district to change their habits. I refuse to kick the can down the road anymore; we cannot continue to do the same thing we have been and expect a different result. I want to assure the residents of Livingston County that with this additional funding there will be substantial change and accountability. This is our best chance to address the real problems and implement legislation which will include significant academic and financial reforms to DPS.”

Rep. Theis hosts Youth Olympic gold medalist at the Capitol

State Rep. Lana Theis this week welcomed gold medalist Jake Vedder of Pinckney to the Michigan House floor. Vedder recently won gold for the United States at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Vedder, 18, who won the men’s Snowboard Cross event in February joined Rep. Theis at the Capitol during his visit to Lansing, which also included a meeting with Governor Snyder. Theis introduced Vedder to her House colleagues and presented him with a special House tribute.

“It was such an honor to have Jake as my guest,” said Rep. Theis, R-Brighton. “His hard work and dedication to his sport is truly inspiring and he is a great role model for our community. We wish him the best of luck as he trains to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.”

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