Rep. VanWoerkom announces office photo contest

State Representative Greg VanWoerkom (R–Norton Shores) today announced that he is holding a photo contest to help decorate the 91st district legislative office in Lansing. Of the entries submitted, ten winning photos will be selected which will be displayed in the office. The contest ends March 15. “As I continue to work in Lansing representing…

Rep. Meerman testifies on bill that protects and preserves local libraries

A proposal from state Rep. Luke Meerman will allow libraries in some Michigan charter townships to continue offering the same beneficial services they have over the past half century. House Bill 4119 – Meerman’s first legislation of the 2019-20 term – will allow a township board to re-establish and maintain a free public library after…

Rep. Sheppard’s plan increases penalties for texting while driving

State Rep. Jason Sheppard this week introduced legislation to increase the fines for drivers who text while driving. Sheppard’s plan increases the penalty for texting while driving in Michigan from $100 for a first violation to $250, and from $200 for a second violation up to $500. “When we get behind the wheel, we are…

Rep. Kahle announces February office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Monday, Feb 25. “Office hours are a way I stay accessible to everyone here in Lenawee County,” Rep. Kahle said. “I enjoy connecting with people in the community and hearing what matters most to them.” Office hours will be…

Legislation would allow voters to take ‘ballot selfies’

Today, State Rep. Steve Johnson reintroduced legislation to allow voters to take “ballot selfies.” Currently, Michigan Secretary of State rules prohibit voters from taking photos of their ballots. Rep. Johnson’s legislation would allow a voter, whether at a polling place or voting absentee, to take a picture of their ballot. Twenty states currently allow “ballot…

Rep. Albert to host local office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell will host district office hours on Friday, Feb. 22 to meet with local residents of the 86th District. “As your voice in Lansing, I want to know your thoughts and questions,” Rep. Albert said. “This is a great way to directly hear from you on state government. I hope…

Rep. O’Malley announces in-district office hours for February

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, will meet with local residents during scheduled office hours later this month. “Your input allows me to be a more effective advocate for the ‘Fighting 101st’ at the state Capitol,” O’Malley said. “I encourage residents to attend and hope to hear about issues that matter most to them.”…

Senate approves Rep. Lower resolution blocking governor’s power grab

Important environmental input panels will remain in place State Rep. Jim Lower today praised his colleagues in the Michigan Senate for approving his resolution to block a power grab from the new governor that overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature. The Michigan House approved the measure last week. Without…

Rep. VanSingel on State of the State: We must prioritize fiscally sound solutions

State Rep. Scott VanSingel, of Grant, issued the following statement after the governor’s State of the State address:  “I was pleased to hear the governor acknowledge our crumbling infrastructure and continued need to invest in education, but I would have liked to hear more specifics on how she envisions addressing those issues while maintaining a…

Rep. Bellino: Investing in Michigan’s economy means investing in young people

State Rep. Joe Bellino released the following statement tonight in response to the governor’s State of the State address: “The people of Michigan need more than canned promises – they need results. We need to build up our skilled workforce – with training, with jobs, and with social supports, like opioid addiction care, that will…

Rep. Hoitenga working on school snow day issue

Legislator: Schools shouldn’t have to choose between safety and funding State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, is working on a policy fix for the current snow day issue affecting schools across Michigan. Current law requires schools to hold 180 school days and 1,098 classroom hours each year to receive state funding. Hoitenga’s proposal would allow…

Rep. Glenn: Fiscal responsibility is top priority

State Rep. Annette Glenn, of Midland, released the following statement in response to tonight’s State of the State address: “I look forward to working with Gov. Whitmer to increase student reading ability, bring down the cost of car insurance, and fix our roads, and I believe we can do that without raising taxes. In fact,…

Rep. Markkanen’s plan helps county road commission facilities

Measure helps fix Michigan’s infrastructure   State Rep. Greg Markkanen recently introduced a plan to give county road commissions additional flexibility to improve their facilities and help fix Michigan roads. Under current Michigan law, county road commissions have only up to 15 years to make payments when purchasing property for public use. Markkanen’s plan would…

Rep. Green attends governor’s State of the State address

State Rep. Phil Green of Millington attended the governor’s State of the State address Tuesday at the state Capitol. “Rural advancement is the single biggest issues I am fighting for in Lansing. Giving these areas of the state the tools to thrive will present opportunities for job providers and residents in our communities,” Green said….