Rep. Reilly bill gives schools more flexibility in testing

State Representative John Reilly of Oakland Township has submitted legislation to allow local school districts to opt out of certain standardized testing.

“Our districts have multiple federal and state assessments for each grade, and especially in high school, these myriad assessments are burdensome,” Reilly said. “In the 11th grade alone, students are mandated to take the SAT, M-STEP and WorkKeys assessments.”

While the WorkKeys test is billed as an assessment of career readiness, critics say it tests nothing more than remedial algebra, reading comprehension and basic problem solving, making it unhelpful and duplicative of other exams.

“School officials in my district have unanimously indicated that they would not administer the WorkKeys test if given the option,” Reilly said. “We should lessen the burden of standardized exams on our schools.  If a school sees value in the exam, this legislation would not prohibit them from using it, but we should end this unnecessary and unwanted mandate.”

House Bill 4501 has been assigned to the House Education Reform Committee.

Rep. Reilly calls for full review of Michigan's administrative rules

State Representative John Reilly of Oakland Township today introduced bipartisan legislation to eliminate unnecessary regulations for Michigan businesses and residents.

The bill, Reilly’s first as a member of the Michigan House, would require the Legislature to eventually review all administrative rules issued by state agencies. These regulations comprise the Michigan Administrative Code, and they are the only kind of state regulations that carry the force of law without being expressly enacted in a statute. This year, for an example, a Roseville resident was ticketed for $128 for warming up his unattended car in a driveway – running afoul of a regulation in the Administrative Code.

“Regulations should be subject to the same high standard of legislative review as the laws enacted by the Legislature,” Reilly said. “This bill will provide that these regulations will eventually expire unless the Legislature decides to put them into law.”

The bold proposal would spark a 10-year review of Michigan’s 770 existing sets of rules, which are authored by executive agencies. Rules would expire after 10 years unless enacted into statute or given a seven-year extension, and all future rules would expire after seven years unless required by federal law or under a state law that specifies otherwise.

“The Administrative Code is an overly complex set of regulations that have made it difficult for small businesses and private citizens to stay in compliance with the law,” Reilly said. “The time has come for a full audit of the Code.

“The best way to remove unnecessary regulations is for the Legislature to go through the Code with a fine-toothed comb and evaluate whether each one is justifiable,” Reilly said. “It is the Legislature’s job to make laws. While state agencies have authority to make rules within the scope of those laws, it is the Legislature’s duty to oversee that this is done properly.”

Rep. Reilly applauds release of House Republican Action Plan

Representative Reilly posted this to his office's Facebook page today:

I thank House Speaker Tom Leonard and Chairman Tim Kelly for the courage to address our long-term financial health.

Our total unfunded liability is currently $71,051,803,257 and growing. That’s over $7,100 for every man, woman, and child in Michigan.

It is immoral to pass such a liability on to our children.

As vice chair of both the House Committee on Financial Liability Reform and the House Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), I am excited that the Action Plan demonstrates the Legislature’s commitment to improving our state’s long-term financial health.

It also expands upon improving legislative oversight and increasing government transparency of administrative rules.

I’m also very pleased to see that the House Republicans’ top priorities are to make lives better in Michigan for future generations to come and to make it easier for residents to start businesses and grow by removing burdensome regulations.

You can read the House Republicans' Action Plan at:

Agency withdraws onerous rule rather than face Rep. Reilly's committee

Representative Reilly posted to his office's Facebook page today:

This massive agency rule (linked below) would have created an enormous body of regulations on tattoo artists. It probably would have driven much of the business into the black market. The rule was up before the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, on which I serve as Vice Chair. That's the last step before becoming law of the land.

Probably knowing what my colleagues and I thought about it, the agency withdrew the rule today!

I look forward to preventing more onerous and unnecessary laws and regulations.

Rep. Reilly on board with new state government transparency initiative

State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township says he supports bipartisan legislation introduced today to make state government more transparent.

“This is another sign of the House’s commitment to be more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan,” Reilly said.

Reilly joined colleagues in the announcement of the bill package to make Michigan’s governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The proposal also calls for a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators, called the Legislative Open Records Act.

“I believe government should be held accountable to the people they serve,” he said.

Michigan is one of just two states where public records disclosure does not apply to the governor’s office.

The Legislative Open Records Act would exempt some records, including letters to and from people in the lawmaker’s district, human resources files and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits.

Today’s bill package introduction comes in the wake of the House’s recent announcement that its website now includes the salary information of every representative and employee, another move toward increased transparency.


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