Rep. Whiteford’s mental health support hotline proposal signed into law

State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to establish a hotline connecting individuals experiencing a mental health crisis with the support they need was signed into law today. Once established, the hotline will be available 24 hours a day and provide access to any Michigan resident in need. Whiteford, a registered nurse and chair of the House…

Rep. Glenn to chair veterans, state police budgeting

Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, after completing one year representing parts of Bay and Midland counties in the state House of Representatives, has been named chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military and Veterans Affairs and State Police, Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield announced Thursday. “Rep. Glenn earned this leadership responsibility by proving her…

Rep. Wendzel to host coffee hour

State Representative Pauline Wendzel announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during a morning coffee hour. The coffee hour will take place on Friday, January 31st at Water & Wheat Café, 6218 M-63 in Coloma from 11 a.m. to noon. “I look forward to talking with residents of Berrien County about their state…

Rep. Miller’s plan protecting Michigan counselors takes effect

A plan introduced by state Rep. Aaron Miller and signed into law in October updating and clarifying Michigan counseling practices took effect today. Updates were needed because the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) proposed a rule that would have precluded many licensed professional counselors (LPCs) from using counseling techniques and psychotherapy to…

Rep. Johnson announces February office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, February 14th, 2020 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave in Dorr 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave SE in Kentwood  10:00 – 11:00 a.m. “Open and honest communication with residents…

Rep. Iden plan allowing college athletes to be compensated clears first hurdle

Sweeping reforms overwhelmingly advanced in vote by House committee A bipartisan plan allowing collegiate student-athletes in Michigan to receive fair outside compensation for their name, image and likeness moved forward today with approval from the House Oversight Committee. The legislation from state Reps. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo Township) and Joe Tate (D-Detroit) stresses free market principles…

Rep. Griffin participates in roundtable addressing Lake Michigan’s record high water levels, soil erosion

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, this week participated in a roundtable discussion with several colleagues coordinating ideas to address the soil erosion disaster along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, caused by record high water levels which continue to climb. Griffin said it is vital that the legislature continues its discussions on this issue. “Our communities have…

Rep. LaFave: Broadband expansion plan encourages growth, protects property rights

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, this week voted for a pair of proposals working to expand effective broadband services to more areas in the Upper Peninsula, including in Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. While some providers deem rural areas not cost-effective for services, House Bill 4266, proposed by state Rep. Triston Cole of…

Rep. Wakeman last reminder for agriculture town hall

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township would like to inform Saginaw County residents of his agriculture town hall on Monday, Jan. 27. Rep. Wakeman will be joined by Rep. Luke Meerman, a dairy farmer who formerly served as vice chair of the House Committee on Agriculture to meet with local farmers of the 94th District….

Chair Hall, House Oversight Committee advance plan allowing college athletes to be compensated

State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Marshall) and the House Oversight Committee he chairs today approved a plan with broad bipartisan support allowing current and future student-athletes to receive fair compensation for their name, image and likeness. Hall, who co-sponsored the legislation, said the proposal will address the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) rigorous and obsolete rules…