Frederick calls for Flint and Shiawassee Rivers to be named national water trails

Measure unanimously supported by the House A resolution introduced by state Rep. Ben Frederick to support the designation of the Flint River and Shiawassee River Trails as national water trails by the National Park Service, was unanimously approved by the Michigan House today. The National Water Trails System brings water trails across the nation together…

Reps. Reilly and Webber to present joint legislative update

State Reps. John Reilly and Michael Webber will present a joint legislative update to local residents on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Oakland Township Hall located at 4393 Collins Road in Rochester. The presentation will take place during the Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting that evening. Information on legislation regarding auto…

Committee approves Brann bill to help solve missing person cases

The House Law and Justice Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Tommy Brann’s legislation to require Michigan law enforcement officials to share information into a national missing person database. The bill specifies all information pertaining to missing, unidentified and unclaimed persons to be uploaded to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). NamUs is…

Rep. Glenn: Expand Electric Choice to agriculture industry

Producers testify at committee meeting   State Rep. Gary Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, today said Michigan’s agriculture industry should be able to choose alternative energy providers outside the 10 percent cap currently allowed by law. Glenn (R-Williams Township), sponsor of House Bill 5387 extending choice to the agriculture industry, heard from…

Representative García’s legislative package will improve teacher prep standards

Members of the House Education Reform Committee today, led by state Representative Daniela R. García, introduced legislation to support and better prepare new teachers for Michigan classrooms. “Local school districts and new teachers have faced challenges with inadequate teacher preparation programs that don’t properly prepare teachers to effectively teach our students,” said García, of Holland….

Rep. Theis testifies on bills protecting minor victims of sex crimes

State Rep. Lana Theis, of Brighton, today testified before the House Law and Justice Committee today, in support of her legislative package to protect young victims of sexual-based offenses, while helping local school districts better protect their students who are victims of such crimes. At right is state Rep. Sylvia Santana, of Detroit, and at…

Rep. Hornberger invites residents to St. Clair office hours

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger will host office hours on Monday, March 19. They will be held at the following times and locations: 9 to 10 a.m at Riley Township Hall, 13042 Belle River Road in Riley;   10:30 to 11:30 a.m at Wales Township Hall, 1372 Wales Center Road in Goodells; and   Noon to…

Rep. Lower announces February office hours

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has set his local office hours for the month of February. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: Friday, Feb. 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Rusty Nail, 10002 E. Carson City Road in Carson City; Monday, Feb. 26 from 9 to…

Rep. Hauck announces in-district office hours

State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township has announced his office hours for the month February to be held on Friday, Feb. 23. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Leah’s Korner Kafe, 300 E. Railway St. in Coleman; 11 a.m. to noon at the Lake…

Reps. Reilly and Webber to present joint legislative update

State Reps. John Reilly and Michael Webber will present a joint legislative update to local residents on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Oakland Township Hall located at 4393 Collins Road in Rochester. The presentation will take place during the Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting that evening. Information on legislation regarding auto…

Chatfield: Tax cuts approved by Legislature are a ‘victory’ for Michigan families

The state Legislature this week fulfilled one of Rep. Lee Chatfield’s top priorities, approving bills to lower income taxes for Michigan families. The bills headed to the governor preserve and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, saving families hundreds of dollars overall. “This session of the House of…

Rep. LaSata to host local office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her scheduled office hours. Office hours take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at Broad Street Café, 614 Broad St. in St. Joseph, from 10 to 11 a.m. “I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about their state…

Rep. Frederick supports money saving measures for Michigan families

Bills provide tax relief, end driver responsibility fees State Rep. Ben Frederick this week supported two bipartisan measures that aim to ease burdens on Michigan families. The first would end driver responsibility fees effective Oct. 1 and forgive outstanding debt associated with the fees. Frederick said the fees, which were enacted by a previous administration…

Rep. Garcia to host tele-town hall meeting

State Representative Daniela García will host a tele-town hall meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20,   during which residents of Ottawa County can ask questions about state government. “I look forward to hosting a tele-town hall and speaking with the people of Ottawa County,” García said.  “Being accessible and talking to people in the community is an important…

Rep. Howell: Tax cuts approved by Legislature are a ‘good start’

Representative Gary Howell of North Branch this week voted to approve lower income taxes for Michigan residents. The legislation, a $176 million tax cut which is now headed to the governor for consideration, preserves and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents. “This measure helps everyone from retirees to farmers to factory workers…