Rep. Michael Webber (R) is currently serving his second two year term and is
eligible for one more term. The Republicans have enjoyed a
comfortable majority in the Michigan House during the time that Webber
has served. Webber's accomplishments compared to his Republican
peers in the Michigan House are lackluster and most likely will remain
that way should he win a third term. I feel that my Democrat primary
opponent Kyle Cooper or myself would better serve our district.
Our District is fortunate to have some of
the best public schools in Michigan. The Republican educational
agenda concerning public education especially that espoused by Tom
McMillan, Mike Webber, and Betsy DeVos of choice and transfer of public
funds to private educational enterprises may seem appealing for some,
but would fracture the excellent Rochester Community School District.
In the League of
Women Voters guide Webber states that roads are Michigan's
number one priority. He is very proud of passing legislation in 2015 to
fix the roads. Mike, Why are they still broken and the
number one problem?
I am very concerned about our children growing up healthy and remaining
healthy. Many states have taken active measures to protect
children, and so should Michigan. Mike and many Republicans are opposed because they are
regulations. I told Mike that preventing cancer should out weigh
his across the board philosophical opposition to regulations.
Preventing individuals under age 18 from using commercial tanning beds
or Tobacco 21 laws to prevent the sale of tobacco products to those
under age 21 will reduce the chance of your children developing
melanoma, lung cancer, other cancers, and emphysema as adults.
In Michigan a concealed pistol license (CPL) is required in order to
carry a concealed pistol. Before the CPL is issued Michigan a "shall
issue" state requires the applicant to meet certain requirements such as
training in pistol safety, concealed carry regulations, and
demonstrating minimal proficiency on a firing range. Michigan allows
unregulated open carry of all guns in most public areas such as downtown
Rochester. You do not see individuals carrying guns in downtown
Rochester because gun owners know that the public does not want
individuals carrying guns in our downtown or other public areas.
2017 Mike voted to unregulated concealed pistol carry by doing away with
the concealed pistol license (CPL). The bill passed the Michigan House.
This would allow any pistol owner to carry concealed. A bad idea in my
opinion. How many uncertified, unregulated, untrained pistol packin
shooters do you want in downtown Rochester?
Unregulated concealed carry has not been
voted on by the Michigan Senate during this legislative session.
It is doubtful that Gov. Synder would sign legislation that would allow
unregulated concealed carry. What about next year if the
legislatures approve unregulated concealed carry and we have a
Republican governor who is more pro guns? Rochester can help block
unregulated concealed carry next year by voting out Webber.
In his two signature pieces of legislation
Rep. Webber has put the best interests of the individual behind other
interests. He wanted to limit the liability of municipalities to
individuals when their basements flood due to faulty municipal storm sewers.
Bill did not pass. Currently trucks have to allow passing cars sufficient space for lane entry.
Webber proposed legislation (HB-5749) that autonomously driven truck caravans
not be required to have their trucks spaced a sufficient distance apart
for passing cars to enter the lane. This no space requirement
could pose a safety hazard if you wanted to enter a lane occupied by a
long line of trucks. Furthermore, in Michigan autonomous drive technology is
not tried and proven. HB-5749 passed the Michigan House in a very
partisan vote, and is
pending in the Michigan Senate. His proposal should be rejected at
Webber has not followed the rules and made a real mess for himself concerning political
In 2016 he was fined $1,725 by the Secretary of
State for improperly reporting political contributions that he received.
More recently the Michigan Secretary of State has cited Webber for
improperly diverting over $21,000 from his political finance committee to other
political finance committees. Action was threatened against
Webber if he does not get the money returned.
Ted Golden, a senior, criticizes Rep. Mike Webber's Senior Update Fall
Ted Golden, M.D.