State Rep. Mike Mueller is among 39 select lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest.
Mueller, of Linden, will meet with fellow legislators from Michigan and 10 other Midwestern states and four Canadian provinces Oct. 1-5 in Minneapolis for the Council of State Governments’ 26th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).
“Being selected as a BILLD fellow is truly an honor,” Mueller said. “I’m looking forward to participating in this unique program, networking with other leaders, and swapping ideas about how to better serve our states, regions and communities.”
BILLD was founded in 1995 to help new legislators meet the demands of increased policy responsibility being shifted to the states and, in many states, term limits and high legislative turnover. These two emerging forces highlight the shortage of training available for legislators — a void that BILLD aims to fill.
“The Bowhay Institute is one of the premier leadership training programs in the nation,” says Iowa Sen. Amy Sinclair, who serves as co-chair of the institute’s steering committee. “The legislatures in the region have benefited greatly from the skills their members have gained through this unique educational experience. Many of the graduates now hold key leadership positions in their state.”
Since 1995, 876 lawmakers have graduated from the Bowhay Institute. State legislators from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin are chosen to participate through a competitive, nonpartisan selection process. Members of the Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan legislative assemblies are selected by their caucuses to take part in the program.
Rep. Mueller talks about House passage Thursday of his HB 5522, which provides a supplemental appropriation of almost $370 million for public safety in Michigan. Rep. Mueller, a retired sheriff’s deputy, says the measure focuses on recruitment, retention, mental health and school resource officers.
State Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden today unveiled a comprehensive $250 million plan to support local public safety personnel and help them better protect the communities they serve – including an innovative out-of-state recruitment plan to address an officer shortage at local law enforcement agencies.
State Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden today led the House in approving an expanded plan to support law enforcement and public safety personnel and help them better protect the people they serve.
“Local law enforcement officers need better resources and more financial support to keep our communities safe. That’s why I worked with other former officers in the House to put together an $80 million plan we announced last spring focused on attracting new talent to the profession, developing the skills of existing police officers, funding important services like road patrols and community policing, and offering mental health support.