Rep. Marino votes to support lakeshore conservation and recreation

State Rep. Steve Marino voted today in favor of a plan to improve Waterfront Park in Harrison Township and to add acreage to two other Clinton Township parks. The legislation approved by the House of Representatives, with Marino’s support, includes $156,000 to remove an existing seawall at Waterfront Park along Jefferson Avenue and replace it…

Rep. LaSata and Sen. Proos welcome Blossomtime court to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Kim LaSata and State Senator John Proos welcome the Blossomtime Queen’s court to the state Capitol.  The annual Blossomtime Festival Grand Floral Parade is Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m. The parade begins in St. Joseph on Main St. and continues through the city, across the Bicentennial Bridge, and into Benton…

Rep. Lilly to co-chair bipartisan MI Future Caucus

LANSING – State Rep. Jim Lilly today launched the bipartisan MI Future Caucus, a caucus made up of 50 legislators under 40 years old.  The goal of the MI Future Caucus is to engage with young people by breaking through the partisan divide and to focus on generational issues to unite legislators. “I’ve heard a…

Rep. Iden takes Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden took part in the annual Legislative Polar Plunge on the Capitol lawn to benefit Special Olympics Michigan.  Each year, lawmakers raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan by promising to plunge into the icy cold water.

Rep. Whiteford welcomes Medal of Honor Recipient to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford welcomed Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan and his wife Chérie to the state Capitol. McCloughan received the Medal of Honor from President Trump in July for his valor in saving the lives of 10 members of his platoon at the Battle of Nui Yon Hill in May 1969.

Rep. LaSata welcomes Father Eamon Kelly to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Kim LaSata welcomed Father Eamon Kelly to the Capitol to lead the House of Representative’s invocation before today’s session.  As the vice chargé of the Pontifical Institute of the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center and the vice director of Magdala the Crossroads of Jewish and Christian History, Father Kelly made a…

Rep. Lucido introduces legislation to protect children and seniors

State Rep. Peter J. Lucido, of Shelby Township, today introduced a bill to protect seniors by ensuring senior care facilities report to a statewide database. Rep. Lucido also recently introduced a bill to require inspections of childcare organizations, which will similarly report to a statewide database. Both bills will require those who do not meet…

House approves Griffin’s bill to give schools financial flexibility for facility improvements

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved Rep. Beth Griffin’s legislation to allow school districts to make energy efficiency and operational upgrades to school facilities by entering into a lease-purchase agreement. The bill will provide another financing option for schools to achieve savings through energy efficiency and operational improvement projects. “Conservation projects that qualify are…

Rep. Cole hears testimony on bill to honor fallen soldier

House committee unanimously passes bill to name a section of U.S. 23‘Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway’  Testimony honoring fallen soldier U.S. Army Sergeant Joe Johnson was heard today in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would designate a stretch of U.S. 23 in Genesee County as “Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway.” State Rep….

Rep. LaFave introduces bill discouraging sanctuary cities

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, has introduced a bill that creates the Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act that will outlaw local units of government from enacting ordinances that limit a local official, employee or police officer from communicating with federal officials regarding the immigration status of an individual.  “This bill is not a departure…