Rep. Crawford announces upcoming office hours

State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi is inviting residents to join her during local office hours for the months of November and December. “Hearing and understanding what’s important to you is my top priority as a legislator,” Rep. Crawford said. “I encourage everyone with questions, thoughts and ideas to attend.” Rep. Crawford will meet with…

Rep. Calley plan ensures wrongfully convicted are properly compensated

The Michigan House of Representatives has approved state Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to ensure people who were wrongfully convicted of a crime have adequate time to file for monetary damages they may qualify for. Calley, of Portland, said Michigan passed a law in 2016 to compensate people for the years in which they were wrongfully…

Rep. Bollin to host November coffee hours

State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township will host district coffee hours on Monday, Nov. 25 to meet with residents of the 42nd District. “It’s an honor to serve our community in Lansing,” Rep Bollin said. “I invite all to attend to share their ideas and discuss my priorities as we approach the closing weeks…

Rep. Slagh announces December office hours

State Rep. Bradley Slagh, of Zeeland, will meet with Ottawa County residents during scheduled office hours for the month of December. “I’m holding three more office hours before the end of the year,” Rep. Slagh said. “I hope you’ll join me for a cup of coffee to discuss what you’d like to see the Legislature…

Bollin resolution honors 100th Anniversary of the American Legion Auxiliary

State Rep. Ann Bollin, of Brighton, this week introduced a resolution commemorating the centennial of the American Legion Auxiliary in the state of Michigan. “It’s important we take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices members of the American Legion Auxiliary have made to enhance the lives of our veterans, military members and their families…

Rep. Wozniak supports plan to better serve children in foster care

State Rep. Doug Wozniak, who serves on the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee, has voted in support of legislation ensuring children in foster care are placed in the best environments possible. Senate Bills 466-469 and 539 would make reforms to Michigan’s foster care system to implement changes required by the federal Family First Prevention…

Rep. Lightner: Lack of oversight in state’s procurement process is ‘concerning’

State Rep. Sarah Lightner, of Springport, today testified before the House Oversight Committee in support of her plan holding state government accountable by providing more transparency and oversight to the procurement process. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) is responsible for contracts and purchasing decisions for all of the agencies under the…

Rep. Huizenga holds hearing on key state program

Legislator stresses need for functionality and financial accountability within government programs State Rep. Mark Huizenga, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, this week held a hearing focused on the effectiveness and efficiency of the state’s financial accounting software known as SIGMA. This important programming handles financial bookkeeping in its entirety for all…

Daylight Saving Time legislation springs forward

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, to eliminate the twice-yearly time change in Michigan was approved today by the House Commerce and Tourism Committee “Time change is a nuisance,” Hoitenga said. “Workers and students across our state have been hurt by it for decades. Not only is the practice antiquated, it’s…

Rep. Filler votes to protect patients from surprise medical bills

State Rep. Graham Filler, who serves on the House Health Policy Committee, today voted in support of legislation to protect Michigan residents from the practice of surprise medical billing. Surprise medical bills typically stem from a disagreement between a patient’s insurer and an out-of-network medical provider leaving the patient stuck with the bill. Patients often…

Rep. Lower supports bipartisan plan preventing surprise medical bills

State Rep. Jim Lower today voted in support of legislation to protect Michigan residents from the practice of surprise medical billing. Surprise medical bills typically stem from a disagreement between a patient’s insurer and an out-of-network medical provider leaving the patient stuck with the bill. Patients often either do not have the choice or are…