Rep. Wakeman announces summer reading contest

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township today announced he is sponsoring a summer reading contest for elementary students, first grade through fifth grade. The contest kicks off on June 24 and runs through the summer ending on August 31. Area students are encouraged to read as many books as they can during their break…

Chair Hall releases statement on audit related to Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Emmett Township) today issued the following statement after a joint Senate and House Oversight Committee meeting regarding the release of the performance audit of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans:   “I have concerns about the administration of prescriptions to members living at the home. It is important that our veterans…

Rep. Albert: Public must be warned about dangers of using marijuana while pregnant

Plan adds warning labels to marijuana products sold in Michigan State Rep. Thomas Albert today testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the importance of warning pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of the harmful effects marijuana use can have on babies. Albert, of Lowell, said his plan would place warning labels on recreational and medical marijuana…

Rep. Griffin sets June in-district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during office hours across her district. “I truly value this time and these conversations with those I represent,” Rep. Griffin said. “Local input is invaluable as I work to represent my district in Lansing.” Rep. Griffin will be available Friday, June 21…

Rep. VanWoerkom hosts summer reading program for students

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, recently announced a summer reading program for Muskegon County students that aims to keep them reading over the summer months. Students first through fifth grade are eligible to participate in the program. To enter, students simply pick up Rep. VanWoerkom’s customized summer bookmark from their local library, read…

Rep. Miller sets local office hours for June

State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today announced an in-district office hours location for the month of June. “I look forward to these sit-downs with the people I serve,” Rep. Miller said. “Local input is invaluable as I work to represent my district’s priorities in Lansing. I hope you’ll join me at one of my…

O’Malley’s ‘spirited’ bill flows through House committee

Panel advances legislation allowing promotional items from spirit vendors The House Regulatory Reform Committee today unanimously approved Rep. Jack O’Malley’s plan allowing spirit vendors to provide certain brand logoed items for special events and festivals. O’Malley’s legislation is part of a broader, three-bill package bringing parity between the spirits, beer and wine industries across Michigan….

Rep. Wentworth: House budget plan respects Michigan taxpayers

  Investments in top priorities accomplished without tax increases State Rep. Jason Wentworth last week supported record funding for road repairs and schools without raising taxes for Michigan residents. “We should be making state government better – not bigger,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “Michigan taxpayers demand a state government that respects their hard-earned money while…

Rep. Markkanen to host tele-town hall meeting

State Rep. Greg Markkanen will host a tele-town hall meeting Tuesday, June 18, for residents to ask questions about the upcoming change in Michigan’s car insurance system. Markkanen will be joined by Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the select committee on reducing car insurance rates, Jason Wentworth. “Last month, I was happy to cast…

LaFave: Governor packed Energy Task Force with liberal allies

State Rep. Beau LaFave today responded to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointments to the newly created UP Energy Task Force, sharply criticizing the board’s slanted make-up. “I am deeply disappointed, but not surprised, to see that the governor’s ‘UP Energy Task Force’ has been packed with downstate liberals who want to shut down the delivery of…

Berman: Budget plans can do more to support public schools

Budget plans passed by the House this week put too much taxpayer money into higher education services used by out-of-state and international students and too few dollars toward K-12 education, said state Rep. Ryan Berman, who voted against the education plans. “I could not support an increase in our state’s higher education budget, knowing these…

Cole to U.S. Forest Service: Caring for our waters and riverways is crucial

State Rep. Triston Cole today praised the decision of the U.S. Forest Service to implement new plans to educate the public on river stewardship and safety, rather than move forward with a proposed ban on alcohol on three Michigan waterways. “Taking care of our waters and riverways is crucial to good conservation and I appreciate…

Rep. Reilly unveils plan enhancing charitable gaming in Michigan

State Rep. John Reilly, of Oakland Township, this week unveiled legislation making it easier for non-profits and charitable organizations to raise money through fundraising events involving casino-style gaming. The events, referred to as “millionaire parties,” are crucial fundraising initiatives for Lions Clubs, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, veterans groups, schools and other entities across Michigan. Charities…

Rep. VanWoerkom announces June coffee hours

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, recently announced where he will be available to meet with Muskegon County residents during scheduled coffee hours for the month of June. “I am hard at work making sure we the priorities of my district and its residents are represented at the Capitol,” Rep. VanWoerkom said. “If you…

Rep. Reilly sets local office hours for June

State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township invites residents to join him in Oxford and Orion Township for monthly local office hours on Monday, June 17. Rep. Reilly’s office will meet with residents at the following times and locations: 6 to 7 p.m. at Oxford Public Library, 530 Pontiac St. in Oxford; and 7:30 to…