Michigan House Rep. Michael Webber (R)
What About Mike?

 
PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Michael Webber testifies on House Bill 5749 in the House Transportation Committee. Official photo from:

http://gophouse.org/representatives/southeast/webber/photos/
Mike Webber is District 45's, Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township's current Michigan House Rep.  He is currently serving his second two year term and is eligible for one more term.  I feel that my Democrat primary opponent or myself would better serve the needs of our district in several important areas. 

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.  My first priority is to support the needs of your children and the 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 is 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 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 (platoons) will 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 this time. 

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.  In 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?  Requiring a CPL is for public safety and peace of mind.  It is part of what I call "Second Amendment Rights for All."  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.    

Webber has not followed the rules and made a real mess for himself concerning political contributions.  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.

This web site summarizes the top donors to Michael Webber and Connected Committees.  Who will Webber put first, you or his top donors?   

Ted Golden, M.D.