Rep. Vaupel: Plan protects adolescents from harmful UV radiation

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, recently introduced a measure protecting minors from the dangers of artificial tanning. Under Vaupel’s proposal, owners of tanning facilities would not be allowed to offer their services to people younger than 18, regardless of a legal guardian’s consent. “No matter how you get a tan – whether it be…

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard announces November office hours

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, will host office hours to meet with local residents and discuss their concerns about state government. Speaker Leonard represents Michigan’s 93rd District. The office hours will take place at the following locations and times: Friday, November 9, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Big Boy 1408 Old U.S. 27,…

Rep. Kahle invites residents to November in-district office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S. 223 in Adrian. “Working together, we will focus on the issues that are most important to Lenawee County,” Rep. Kahle said.  “Let’s continue finding solutions…

Rep. Frederick celebrates donation to Grove Holman Park

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Ben Frederick (center) was recently joined by Owosso Parks and Recreation Chairman Mike Espich (left) and AT&T Director of External Affairs Andrew Solon (right) as Espich accepted a $2,500 donation from the company. The donation will go toward a skate park project at Grove Holman Park. A groundbreaking is expected in…

Rep. VanSingel: Bail reforms needed to address jail overcrowding

State Rep. Scott VanSingel this week introduced a comprehensive plan addressing the overcrowding of Michigan jails. VanSingel, of Grant, said approximately 41 percent of the people housed in Michigan’s county jails are there because they cannot post bail. “I take public safety and criminal justice very seriously,” VanSingel said. “But people who are accused of…

Rep. LaSata will host October office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata invites local residents to join her for local office hours on Monday, Oct. 29. Office hours are an opportunity for people to address the representative face-to-face with any questions or concerns about state government. “I appreciate people taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with me,” said LaSata, of…

Rep. Hornberger: Bail reforms needed to address jail overcrowding

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger this week introduced a comprehensive plan addressing the overcrowding of Michigan jails. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said approximately 41 percent of the people housed in Michigan’s county jails are there because they cannot post bail. “The system is broken,” Hornberger said. “Too many people accused of minor crimes are stuck in…

Rep. Farrington plan improves forensic interview training process

State Rep. Diana Farrington’s plan offering the professionals who interview young crime victims additional training opportunities has been signed into law. Farrington, of Utica, said the best way for professionals to gain knowledge and understanding of proper interview procedures is to view real-life examples from across Michigan, which the new law allows. “Interviewing children involved…

Rep. Lucido plan establishing new protocol for pawned items is signed

A proposal from state Rep. Peter Lucido that helps police and pawnbrokers deal with stolen items was recently signed into Michigan state law. When following up on reported theft, police will monitor activity at area pawnshops in case items in question turn up. The plan grants law enforcement the ability to put a written hold…

Rep. Howell receives inaugural Legislator of the Year Award from Ducks Unlimited

  State Rep. Gary Howell has been named the Legislator of the Year in Michigan by Ducks Unlimited – the first time that the honor has been awarded. Howell (R-North Branch) received the award at Michigan Ducks Unlimited’s annual meeting in Harbor Springs. The group has roughly 28,000 members nationwide across 130 chapters, specializing in…

Rep. Cole’s bill to allow snow plow drivers to use amber lights signed into law

Measure increases roadway safety for Michigan drivers Legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to give snow plow drivers the flexibility to display flashing amber lights while actively plowing has been signed into law. Cole said private plow trucks will have the ability to use their flashing amber lights to safely alert motorists when they…

Rep. Allor announces October office hours

State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today invited people to sit down with her during office hours this month in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties. “Meeting face-to-face with residents helps me better serve our district,” Allor said. “I encourage people to attend, share their concerns and ask questions.” Allor will be available…