Rep. Lower invites residents to chronic wasting disease townhall

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake is inviting residents of Montcalm County to a townhall event on chronic wasting disease on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Montcalm County Fairgrounds, 8784 Peck Road in Greenville at the Ash Foundation Building. “The discovery of chronic wasting disease in our area is…

LaSata bills allow volunteers to play role in preserving Michigan rivers, shorelines

State Rep. Kim LaSata today introduced legislation to streamline rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said the programs are currently underutilized. Her legislation calls on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to administer the programs and offer information to the public about how to become involved. “Many people who are…

Bellino part of bipartisan plan to improve the state’s unemployment system

State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today introduced a bill in a bipartisan plan to fix Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.  The legislation is based on findings of a workgroup consisting of industry experts and legislators. The plan will provide clarity, restore integrity and improve accountability within the agency and address the faults of the unemployment…

House approves Rep. Wentworth bill reducing red tape for marine fuel users

The state House today approved Rep. Jason Wentworth’s bill eliminating a costly administrative burden for marine fuel users in Michigan. Wentworth’s bill would simplify the process for exempting marine fuel users from Michigan’s motor fuel tax. “We’re saving time for taxpayers and reducing bureaucracy by switching to a method that is easier for everyone involved,”…

Committee approves Rep. Reilly bill to end mandate on education plan

The House Education Reform Committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. John Reilly to prevent homeschool and non-public school students who participate in courses at public school districts from being required to submit Educational Development Plans (EDPs). EDPs are academic and career plans mandated by the Michigan Department of Education, requiring students as…

Farrington part of bipartisan plan to fix the state’s unemployment system

  State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, today introduced a bill in a bipartisan plan to fix Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA). The legislation is based on findings of a workgroup consisting of industry experts and legislators. The plan will provide clarity, restore integrity and improve accountability within the agency and address the faults of…

LaFave part of bipartisan plan to improve the state’s unemployment system

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today introduced a bill in a bipartisan plan to fix Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. The legislation is based on findings of a workgroup consisting of industry experts and legislators. The plan will provide clarity, restore integrity and improve accountability within the agency and address the faults of the…

Rep. Alexander bill to expand professional development for teachers

State Rep. Julie Alexander has introduced legislation to give teachers credit toward their continuing education and professional development requirements by engaging with area employers and post-secondary training centers. “Professional development is incredibly valuable for our teachers, helping our classroom leaders grow as instructors preparing our students for their next step in life,” said Alexander, a…

Rep. Frederick unveils plan to expand skilled trades instruction in schools

State Rep. Ben Frederick, chairman of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, unveiled a plan Wednesday to enhance skilled trades education in Michigan’s public schools while helping students find career opportunities to match their interest and abilities. “This is an opportunity to help our children discover the many paths available to a successful future…

Howrylak part of bipartisan plan to improve the state’s unemployment system

              State Rep. Martin Howrylak, vice chair of the House Oversight Committee, is part of a bipartisan group that today announced a plan to fix Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency.             The legislation is based on findings from a workgroup consisting of industry experts and legislators. The plan will provide clarity, restore integrity, and improve…

House panel hears Representative García bill to protect students, officers in school

State Representative Daniela R. García, of Holland, testified before the House Education Reform Committee today on legislation to help ensure the safety of all students and limit response time for school resource officers called to respond to school incidents. García’s legislation addresses a loophole in restraint and seclusion legislation signed into law in 2016, which…

Rep. VanderWall co-sponsors measure calling for July 1 budget

Legislators would be docked pay for missing deadline   State Rep. Curt VanderWall recently signed on as a co-sponsor of a resolution changing the deadline for completion of the state budget to July 1. VanderWall, of Ludington, said House Joint Resolution X amends the Michigan Constitution by requiring the Legislature to present a balanced budget…

Rep. Kahle sponsors bill as part of Professional Skills legislation

State Rep. Bronna Kahle today introduced legislation to help expand professional trade instruction in Michigan high schools, helping provide more career-oriented opportunities for students. “Many good paying jobs across Michigan and Lenawee County remain unfilled. There are not enough skilled workers to fill vacancies and that skills gap is expected to grow,” said Kahle, of…