Rep. Vaupel: Health care workers must be protected from violence

State Rep. Hank Vaupel testified today before the House Judiciary Committee in support of his plan to better protect medical personnel from abuse. Vaupel, of Fowlerville, said Michigan hospitals have reported a significant increase in the number of violent encounters with patients and their visitors, creating a need for stronger protections. His plan would stiffen…

Rep. Alexander: We must do more to protect survivors of sexual assault

Bipartisan plan punishes people who use position of authority to silence survivors State Rep. Julie Alexander today said Michigan’s laws must be updated to ensure victims and witnesses of sexual assault are not prevented from reporting to law enforcement. Legislation introduced by Alexander, of Hanover, would ensure anyone who uses a position of authority to…

Rep. Rendon invites residents to May office hours

Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City announced her May office hours for residents of Missaukee, Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon and Ogemaw counties. “Office hours this spring have been going great,” Rendon said. “I look forward to hearing what is on the minds of my constituents this month.” Rep. Rendon’s office hours schedule is as follows: Friday,…

Rep. LaFave invites residents to April office hours

Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced his April office hours for residents of Dickinson, Menominee, and Delta counties. “Office hours provide a great opportunity to meet with people in the district and address their questions and concerns,” Rep. LaFave said. “Hearing from constituents is one of the best parts of my job.” The office…

Rep. Miller sets local office hours for April

State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today announced two upcoming opportunities where he will hold in-district office hours for the month of April. “Listening to the ideas and viewpoints of constituents is the best way to understand and serve them,” Rep. Miller said. “I look forward sitting down with you to answer your questions and…

Rep. O’Malley: Transportation Committee’s special meetings on roads begin

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, this week held two informative meetings with his House Transportation Committee colleagues to help tackle the state’s road repair issue. This was the first week of special hearings with experts to discuss Michigan roads. The American Society of the Civil Engineers and the Michigan Department of Transportation discussed…

Rep. Paquette supports efforts to improve mental health care in Michigan

State Rep. Brad Paquette recently voted in support of two House measures aimed at further improving Michigan’s broken mental and behavioral health care system. House Bill 4051, establishes a permanent, statewide, round-the-clock mental health hotline to connect people in need with vital support services. Operators will immediately refer individuals to local services with appropriate care…

Rep. Glenn supports plan to combat statewide psych worker shortage

Retired psych employees returning to work will keep pensions State Rep. Annette Glenn has voted in support of a House plan to combat the ongoing shortage of psychiatry workers in Michigan. The issue was brought to the Legislature’s attention last term during the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force statewide tour, which aimed to find ways to…

Rep. Griffin applauds recent MSF grant for downtown South Haven

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, announced the South Haven Center, LLC has been awarded a $750,000 Michigan Community Revitalization Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) for an upcoming project in downtown South Haven. South Haven Center, LLC plans to construct a new three-story mixed-use building on a currently vacant parcel in…

Rep. Filler announces business growth grant in St. Johns

State Rep. Graham Filler announced an incentive by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will go to support the MAHLE Engine Components USA facility in St. Johns. MAHLE, one of the largest worldwide auto suppliers with a parent company based in Stuttgart, Germany, will shut down a Pennsylvania facility and relocate assembly to their St. Johns…

LaFave: New veterans homes should include designated smoking areas

House approves resolution urging facility authority to include sections in plans The Michigan House this week approved state Rep. Beau LaFave’s call for the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority to include designated smoking areas in upcoming state veterans’ homes. In 2016, the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Authority was established and provided with $42 million in state funds…

Rep. Leutheuser welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale welcomed Pastor Dave Pierce (center) of First Baptist Church in Coldwater to the state Capitol to lead Thursday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition allows a representative to invite a clergy member to begin each day’s session with prayer. Speaker Lee Chatfield (left) joined…

Rep. LaFave introduces plan to award electoral votes by congressional district

Legislation would ensure U.P. is not ignored by presidential candidates State Rep. Beau LaFave has introduced a plan to end Michigan’s “winner-takes-all” approach to allocating electoral votes for presidential elections. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said apportioning electoral votes based on congressional district will ensure that rural areas of the state – especially the Upper Peninsula…

Rep. Matt Hall, R-Emmett Twp.; audio on legislative response to CPS audit

House Oversight Committee Chair Matt Hall talks about the amendments to Michigan’s Child Protection Law announced by the Committee Thursday. The amendments were the result of multiple hearings on the Michigan Office of Auditor General’s (OAG) September 2018 Performance Audit of Children’s Protective Services Investigations.