Rep. Gary Glenn accepting the prestigious Senator Everett M. Dirksen Award

Click the video for Rep. Glenn's comments in Kansas City in 2015 accepting the Senator Everett Dirksen Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Right to Work Committee. Gary led the campaign to enact Idaho's Right to Work law in the 1980s and was a founding member of the Michigan Freedom to Work coalition that launched the successful effort to enact Right to Work in Michigan in 2012.


Rep. Glenn talks about the Lord's miracles in his relationship with Speaker of the House Tom Leonard's family

Glenn introduces reforms to protect firefighter, police retiree healthcare

Legislator introduces two bills in broad reform package

Lansing, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., today introduced legislation included in a broad reform plan to protect public services and the retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees in Michigan.

The reforms stress transparency and proper reporting from local governments to pinpoint ones that may be at risk of bankruptcy due to underfunded retirement plans. The reforms will help set up a system to help them avoid financial crisis.

“We are working to safeguard the retirement benefits of the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us,” Glenn said after the reform package was introduced in the Michigan House. “Public safety employees need these reforms, because doing nothing would leave their retirement healthcare benefits at risk of being eliminated in bankruptcy.

A task force earlier this year assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder explored the critical challenges posed by Michigan’s underfunded local government employee retirement systems, which have unfunded liabilities approaching $20 billion. Glenn and other lawmakers are following up the task force report with a multi-bill package to address mounting local retiree healthcare and pension costs.

The legislation creates a reporting system with uniform financial and accounting standards for local government retirement plans. An early detection system will help local governments and the state identify potential funding problems and act quickly to mitigate them. Communities will be vetted through a state treasurer’s fiscal impact evaluation and retirement systems will be flagged as underfunded when municipalities aren’t meeting set criteria to alleviate their debts.

Local governments will have plenty of opportunity to address issues on their own. But if that fails, a financial management team with local and state representation will step in to force changes to put programs back on firm financial footing.

Glenn is the primary sponsor of two bills in the multi-bill legislative package which specifically deal with the reporting and analysis requirements for local governments.

Senate unanimously approves Glenn bill banning sex between prostitutes, police

Legislation also protects human trafficking victims from coercion

Lansing, Mich. -- The state Senate today unanimously approved legislation from state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., to make it illegal for law enforcement officials to engage in sexual acts with prostitutes or victims of human trafficking during the course of an investigation.

“Michigan is the last state to eliminate this unintended exemption. While there is no evidence that law enforcement officers are engaged in such activity, human trafficking experts testify that men who impersonate police officers have used this exemption from prosecution to intimidate women into having sex,” said Glenn. “This legislation will help protect victims of human trafficking from being further abused, and remove an unfair and unwarranted cloud over our law enforcement officers who faithfully perform their duty with integrity.”

The legislation was introduced at the request of attorney Bridgette Carr, director of the University of Michigan Human Trafficking Clinic, to reinforce Michigan’s commitment to protect victims of human trafficking who are frequently forced into prostitution.

“Michigan will no longer have the stigma of being the last state in the country that unintentionally exempts police officers who have sex with prostitutes during an investigation from prosecution," Glenn said. “This common sense legislation has received significant bipartisan support because it protects our law enforcement and victims of sex-based crimes.”

House Bill 4355, which was previously approved by a 93-14 vote in the state House, now moves to the governor for his consideration. Glenn was joined on the legislation by sixteen cosponsors, all female, including both Democrats and Republicans.

Rep. Glenn agrees with Supt. Pierce: All schools should be able to save tax dollars through Electricity Choice

Hearing scheduled on legislation Dec. 5th

Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, said today he will escalate his fight to help more Michigan schools save money through the state's Electricity Choice program.

Glenn plans to hold a hearing Tuesday, Dec. 5th, on legislation that would allow all schools to choose where they buy their electricity. His statement follows testimony before the committee this week by Tuscola Independent School District Supt. Gene Pierce, president of the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative, which already saves schools across the state an average of $15 million a year in energy costs through the choice program.

“Because of an arbitrary cap on the Electricity Choice program, we have an absurd situation in current law in which one public school district is saving tens of thousands of dollars or more a year on its electricity bills, but it’s against the law for a neighboring school district to do the exact same thing,” said Glenn. “I agree with Supt. Pierce that we should give all schools the freedom to choose where they buy electricity so they can redirect more savings into the classroom.”

Glenn noted that in the legislative district he represents, Bay City Schools save on electricity by buying from Wolverine Power instead of Consumers Energy. But four other school districts he represents -- Bullock Creek, Meridian, Midland, and Pinconning -- are forced by law to buy from Consumers at a higher price. Similarly, in Tuscola County, all school districts save money through Electricity Choice except Vassar Public Schools, which is prohibited by law from doing so.

The Energy Policy Committee will hear testimony Tuesday on House Bill 4708, sponsored by Rep. John Reilly of Oakland County.

Reilly’s bill would allow all K-12 schools to buy electricity from any provider they choose. The goal is to help educational institutions save money on one of their highest costs of doing business. Currently, most schools in the state do not have the option to capitalize on potential savings through providers other than Consumers Energy and DTE because Michigan law caps the program at 10 percent of the electricity market, a cap that was filled almost a decade ago. An additional 11,000 electricity customers have signed up in a queue to enter the program if a current Electricity Choice customers drops out, which isn't likely.

Pierce testified before the Energy Policy Committee last Tuesday that Tuscola ISD's savings average $35 per student, or $250,000 per year -- enough money to buy 500 laptop computers at $500 each.

“We take electricity for granted, yet it has a major impact on the school budget,” Pierce said in his written testimony. “School districts need to take advantage of every opportunity to maximize the use of every available dollar and purchasing electricity through the choice market is one of those cost saving opportunities. ... Schools should be allowed to maximize the use of our funds through Electric Choice and drive more dollars to the business of educating students.”

Statewide, MISEC contracts electricity for 17 percent of Michigan’s K-12 public schools and reports average annual savings of $15 million for its member schools. If more schools could participate, the savings would be far greater, Pierce said.

“All homeowners, businesses, farms, and industries should again be free to choose -- as we were from 2000 to 2008 -- where they buy electricity, just as they're free now to buy natural gas," Glenn said. "Until we have the votes in Lansing to restore full consumer choice to our electricity market, I will continue to push to save taxpayers money by allowing at least our schools the flexibility to buy electricity through a competitive bid process, just like they do other services and commodities. It would save tens of millions of dollars that could be spent on students and teachers instead."

The House Energy Policy Committee is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Room 519 of the House Office Building in downtown Lansing. The bill under discussion will be House Bill 4708.

Soros-funded front for Podesta think tank targets Rep. Gary Glenn

The political arm of a national left-wing think tank led by Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, is running Internet ads attacking state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., a full year before the November 2018 election.

Glenn, a long-time conservative activist before being elected to the state House of Representatives in 2014, was presented an award after his first year in office by the American Conservative Union for compiling the most conservative voting record in the House in 2015 on fiscal, social, and military and veteran-related issues. He received the same award a second time for maintaining the most conservative record in the House in 2016, after which he was reelected by over 60 percent of the vote, winning 48 out of 50 precincts. Now in his second term, Glenn serves as Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee.

Glenn said Friday that as a conservative, he's flattered.

"As a conservative, I take it as affirmation that a national-level left-wing hit group, run and funded by some of the biggest celebrities of the progressive socialist universe, think I threaten their leftist agenda sufficiently that they need to spend George Soros' money attacking me a full year before the election," Glenn said. "It certainly is my intention to do whatever I can, wherever I am, to help defeat the Left's oppressive big-government, freedom-killing, job-destroying, socialist tax-and-spend political agenda."

Last month, Glenn announced plans to run in 2018 for an open state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.

But starting even before Glenn announced his candidacy, Google users who search for Glenn's name have found at the top of the list of results a web advertisement -- identified as sponsored by -- which states, "Gary Glenn is too extreme...Hate group leader turned MI Senator (sic) says being gay should be a crime."

The ad links to a 2016 article in which Glenn -- who serves as president of the American Family Association of Michigan, a conservative Christian traditional values advocacy group -- was quoted as saying, "We believe that states should be free to regulate and prohibit behavior that’s a violation of community standards and a proven threat to public health and safety -- including, as most of the United States did throughout its history, homosexual behavior.” 

The quote, which Glenn in a news release confirmed is accurate, was a 2010 comment referencing the U.S. Supreme Court's 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, in which six members of the court voted to overturn a Texas law outlawing homosexual sodomy. Three U.S. Supreme Court justices -- Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas -- agreed with Glenn's "states rights" position.

The article also states: "Last year, Glenn spoke out against a Planet Fitness policy that resulted in a Midland, Michigan woman having her membership cancelled after she spent several days complaining about a transgender woman (a man) she saw using the (women's) bathroom at her gym. 'Planet Fitness obviously should rethink its anti-woman, anti-reality policy,' Glenn said. 'If they don’t, they shouldn’t be surprised in a conservative family-friendly community such as Midland if they lose more female members.'"

According to its website, "ThinkProgress is an editorially independent project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund." 

According to the Center for American Progress Action Fund's website, its board includes prominent left-wing politicians and academicians including Harold Ickes, who served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton.

The Action Fund's website reports that last year, it received $1 million or more from only one organization, the Center for American Progress. It also received six-figure funding from George Soros individually, his Open Society Policy Center, and the Service Employees International Union, plus five-figure contributions from the AFL-CIO and other individual unions, former Clinton Administration Secretary of State Madeline Albright, AT&T, Facebook, and other left-wing individuals and organizations. 

The leadership of the Center for American Progress, according to its website, includes board member John Podesta, board chairman Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and president Neera Tanden. 

Tanden is also listed as CEO of the CAP Action Fund. 

Podesta, now caught up in the scandal involving Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections, served as a White House aide to both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama before chairing Hillary Clinton's losing 2016 presidential campaign.

The New York Times -- under the headline, "Russia Scandal Befalls Two Brothers: John and Tony Podesta" -- reported last Friday: "In between campaign and White House stints, John Podesta helped to create and run some of the leading institutions on the American left, including the Center for American Progress think tank." 

Glenn said the Soros-funded web of left-wing organizations may also be responsible for a lengthy telephone "push poll" -- received last week by voters in Lapeer and Tuscola counties -- that was also critical of Glenn.

Glenn receives second national award for most conservative record

GG_official_House_photo_II.jpgLansing, Mi. -- Associate Speaker Pro Tem Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, has received for the second time a national-level award for compiling the most conservative voting record in the state House of Representatives.

Glenn -- who in 2018 is running for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties -- for the second year in a row was named recipient of the "Award for Conservative Excellence" by the American Conservative Union, a national organization founded in 1964 that promotes the "three-legged stool" of fiscally and socially conservative principles as well as a strong national defense.

"It's a priority of mine to demonstrate, by example, that a legislator can be faithful to conservative principles of government and be effective at the same time. You don't have to compromise one to be the other," Glenn said. "That said, in the end, while rankings by outside groups are informative, the people of Bay and Midland counties will be the final judge of whether I've faithfully represented their values and views in Lansing."

Glenn won the second award based on his 2016 voting record, in which he tied with two fellow Republicans -- Speaker Pro Tem Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Assistant Majority Leader Lana Theis, R-Brighton -- in voting conservative on 96 percent of the twenty-three roll call votes selected by the ACU.

Glenn in 2015 also tied with two fellow Republicans -- Theis and Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake -- in voting conservative on 94 percent of the roll call votes selected by ACU. Glenn and Theis share an average score of 95 percent over their first full term, the highest average ranking in the House.

Click here to see the full ratings and list of legislation graded by ACU in 2016. 

"ACU researched and selected a range of bills before the Michigan Legislature that determine a member’s adherence to conservative principles," the Washington, D.C.-based group said in a news release announcing the awards.

"We selected bills that focus on Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of the 'three-legged stool': 1) fiscal and economic: taxes, budgets, regulation, spending, healthcare, and property; 2) social and cultural: 2nd amendment, religion, life, welfare, and education; and 3) government integrity: voting, individual liberty, privacy, and transparency. This wide range of issues are designed to give citizens an accurate assessment that conveys which of Michigan’s elected leaders best defend the principles of a free society: Life, Liberty and Property."

Glenn after his first year in office was also chosen from among 55 first-term state representatives and senators as 2015 "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by reporters for Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS), the Capitol's oldest daily news service, based primarily on his leadership on energy and private property rights issues.

He has also been named a "Guardian of Small Business" by the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and "Legislator of the Year" by both the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan and the Michigan Propane Dealers Association.

LAPEER COUNTY PRESS: Glenn leads Daley in campaign fundraising


LAPEER COUNTY — State Rep. Gary Glenn, R- Williams Twp., jumped out of the gates in the race for the 31st Senate District seat that represents Lapeer County, racking up about $80,000 in his first few days as a candidate.

That’s compared with the $1,975 his opponent, former Rep. Kevin Daley of Arcadia Township, raised for the entire three-month reporting period.

Per state law, both had to file campaign finance reports by Oct. 25 for the July 21 to Oct. 20 reporting period.

Daley announced his candidacy in March. Glenn announced his Oct. 13.

Both seek the seat currently held by Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, who is term-limited out of office in 2018. He also could vacate his seat early if a long-rumored appointment to director of Michigan’s U.S. Dept. of Agriculture rural development division ever comes to fruition.

An appointment could prompt Gov. Rick Snyder to call for a special election that could start with a special primary in early February.

The 31st District consists of Lapeer, Tuscola and Bay counties.

“I really wasn’t pushing the money the last two months,” Daley said Friday. “We have fundraisers scheduled now… we’re getting back into it.”

That isn’t to say Daley hasn’t been engaged in campaigning. He told The County Press he’s been attending various meetings with government officials throughout the district.

On Friday, he met with the CEOs of hospitals in Tuscola County.

Glenn did not return a call by press time Friday.

According to a press release issued by Glenn on Oct. 13, “Green may vacate the seat as soon as (November), a year before the end of his final term, if and when he receives a long-anticipated appointment to a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture…”

Since early 2017, Green has been rumored next in line for the position of director of Michigan’s U.S. Dept. of Agriculture rural development division — a position appointed by President Donald Trump. Green publicly confirmed in May that was in the running for the job. If he doesn’t get it, he will be term-limited out of office in 2018.

Should Green be appointed, Glenn said Gov. Rick Snyder could either call for a special election in early 2018 or decide to let the Senate seat remain vacant until filled via the regularly scheduled election next November, leaving Lapeer County without a state senator for about a year.

At a Lapeer Tea Party meeting on Oct. 3 — and before announcing his candidacy — Glenn hinted at a run and told The County Press “You can’t afford to bet the wrong way if there is going to be a special election in February — that’s four months from now.”

“Senator Green is under instructions from the White House not to say anything, so he’s not going to tell you anything,” Glenn said Oct. 13. “But we think that appointment may be imminent, and there’s a reasonable expectation of a special election primary the first Tuesday in February.”

“We were planning to make this announcement one way or another,” Glenn said. “It just turns out that it’s going to be perfectly timed in terms of there being a potential vacancy in the near future.”

Daley announced his campaign in March when early rumors of Green’s potential employment became more well known.

As of Oct. 25, Daley had about $46,000 in his campaign coffer compared with Glenn’s almost $72,000.

During the quarter, Glenn transferred about $50,000 from his House of Representatives’ account. Other contributions totaled $32,450, with the largest — $5,000 — coming from Speaker of the House Tom Leonard’s political action committee.

He also received $5,000 from the Growth Liberty Enterprise Now Network PAC (GLENN PAC), which is Glenn’s independent PAC that received $8,525 for the reported period. Major contributors to the GLENN PAC were $5,000 from David Kepler of Sanford, $1,000 from Mary Ann Galic of Traverse City, $1,000 from Comcast PAC, $1,000 from Lee Mueller of Edenville, and $500 from William Stockhausen of Northville.

He also received contributions of $1,000 from Gerald Gora of Bloomfield Hills, $1,000 from Tom Swatzel of Murrells Inlet, S.C., David Dittenber of Freeland, Susie Swatzel of Murrells Inlet, S.C., William Washabaugh of Bay City, Alan Gurski of Bay City, George Galic of Traverse City, Michigan Action Committee for Rural Electrification, and the Michigan Chamber PAC.

Of 84 individuals and organizations identified in Glenn’s campaign report, none were listed as being from Lapeer County.

Daley received contributions of $1,000 from Paula Proctor of Lapeer, $500 from the Stamas Leadership Fund, $250 from Kevin Green, supervisor, Algoma Township, and $225 from Todd Muir, owner, Muir Brothers Funeral.

Click here for the article.

Glenn: Almer Twp. court victory affirms local control on wind

Lansing, Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., Associate Speaker of the House Pro Tem and chairman of the state House Energy Policy Committee, Friday congratulated Almer Township officials on their victory in a federal lawsuit over the township's wind energy ordinance, an outcome he said reaffirms local officials' authority to regulate industrial wind development projects. Glenn pledged that as Energy Policy chairman, he "will also block any attempt to pass new state legislation that strips local officials and voters of the authority to decide this contentious issue for themselves."

"State government should neither mandate or prohibit wind energy development, but instead leave it to local elected officials and ultimately voters themselves to decide what's best for each locality, as voters did on the ballot in twenty local jurisdictions in the Thumb last May," Rep. Glenn said.

"In that same spirit, the current state law mandating that 15 percent of all power generated in Michigan must be produced by wind or some other 'renewable' resource should be repealed," he said, "returning instead to a free market in which energy producers and consumers alike are free to choose based on market supply and demand, without government interference or intervention in the market."

Judge Thomas Ludington, federal judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Northern Division, Friday ruled in Almer Township's favor in a lawsuit in which the township was sued by Tuscola Wind III, LLC, after township officials declared a moratorium on further wind development while they considered changes to the township's wind ordinance. Tuscola Wind III contended in the suit that township officials had engaged in "exclusionary zoning," a violation of state law.

Ludington rejected the claim, ruling that the township "reasonably interpreted its zoning ordinance and, under that reasonable interpretation, (the wind developer) was undisputedly in noncompliance with the zoning ordinance. Because at least one of the bases on which the (township) board premised its denial was lawful, ...the township board’s denial will be affirmed."

Glenn said the federal court ruling will provide direction and relief to other local governments in Bay, Isabella, Lapeer, and Midland counties who are now wresting with the issue in response to wind development proposals.

He cited Burnside Township in Lapeer County in particular, which ten days ago was notified by EMC Insurance Cos. -- the same company that insures Almer Township -- that Burnside Township's liability coverage will not be renewed solely because township officials are considering adoption of a more restrictive wind development ordinance in response to a possible wind project proposal by Detroit Edison.

"A costly legal war over wind turbines in northern Lapeer County is such a sure bet that an insurance agent told the Burnside Township Board of Trustees Monday he won’t run the risk of writing an insurance policy for the municipality," the Lapeer County Press reported Oct. 25th.

Click here to read the County Press article.

Geoffrey G. Lansky, an agent for EMC Insurance Cos., "pointed out that EMC has covered Ellington and Almer townships in the lawsuits filed by (wind developers)... Lansky said he believes the playbook essentially calls for draining municipalities of finances until local officials eventually capitulate," the County Press reported.

The County Press further reported that "Lansky put the blame on state lawmakers for increasing mandates for how much electricity originates with renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Per state law, they must produce 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2021."

Glenn has been an outspoken opponent of and last December voted against the legislation that increased the state renewable energy mandate from 10 percent to 15 percent of all energy generated in Michigan. He said his committee will hold a public hearing later this year on legislation to eliminate that state mandate altogether.

Rep. Glenn supports guaranteed lower auto insurance rates in Michigan

GG_testify.jpegState Rep. Gary Glenn today joined the House Insurance Committee in approving legislation that will guarantee auto insurance rate reductions for all Michigan drivers.

Glenn said the bill should end Michigan’s tenure as the state with the most expensive auto insurance in the nation by offering motorists personal injury protection coverage options, reining in medical costs, fighting fraud and sparking increased competition in the market. All drivers would be guaranteed lower rates on the PIP portion of their policies, with the savings increasing at lower coverage levels.

The savings could be greatest for seniors, who would not need PIP coverage at all if they already have lifetime health insurance such as Medicare.

“We’re fixing a broken system with a long overdue mandatory rate reduction and greater freedom of choice for drivers,” Glenn, of Williams Township, said after the vote. “Seniors with Medicare will no longer be forced to buy excess coverage.”

Glenn noted that some auto insurance companies don’t do business in Michigan because of the state’s current law, but regulators appear confident more companies would enter the market if this bill passes.

“This legislation would spark additional competition,” Glenn said. “Market forces would help reduce premiums even beyond those prescribed by this legislation.”

Michigan currently is the only state in the nation mandating drivers buy unlimited personal injury coverage through their auto insurance. The bill approved by the Insurance Committee continues benefits for Michiganders already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The plan also gives drivers the option to continue buying unlimited personal injury protection coverage, or buy more affordable alternative plans.

All drivers would be guaranteed lower rates on the PIP portion of their policies. The bill calls for a 10 percent reduction for those buying unlimited coverage, a 20 percent drop for those choosing $500,000 in coverage, and a 40 percent drop at $250,000 in coverage.

“I think it’s the No. 1 issue legislators hear about – drivers are tired of living in the most expensive automobile insurance state in the nation,” Glenn said. “I’m looking forward to an end of that era.”

House Bill 5013 advances to the House floor for consideration.

Glenn also announced today that he will hold an auto insurance town hall Nov. 6 at Bay City Western High School. More details about the event will be released soon.

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