Rep. Franz bills supporting ‘handyman’ jobs approved by House

The state House passed two bills sponsored by state Rep. Ray Franz today amending licensing requirements for “handyman” jobs. House Bills 4281 and 4282 make it easier and cheaper for homeowners to get smaller work projects done. “It can quickly become overly-burdensome to be required to hire a licensed residential builder or contractor to perform…

Rep. Franz introduces POW/MIA remembrance resolution

State Rep. Ray Franz today introduced House Resolution 317 to recognize Sept. 16 as POW/MIA Day. The resolution calls for the people of Michigan to remember and honor the over 83,000 prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) military members since World War II. “It’s a huge number,” said Rep. Franz, R-Onekama. “There…

Rep. Franz welcomes local heroes to the Capitol for 9/11 Memorial

State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, was joined by special guests Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole and Lake County Sheriff Dennis Robinson for the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Service today. The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored military members and servicemen. The names of…

Rep. Franz applauds state 2017 budget passage

State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, released the following statement after House passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget which invests in roads, state police, veterans programs, and community college job training programs: “I’m pleased to report that the House has passed a responsible and effective budget for the sixth year in a row. This budget,…

Rep. Franz encourages families to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Ray Franz today said June 11 and 12 is Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan, and encourages people to take advantage of the event by heading out to one of the local lakes, rivers or streams. During Free Fishing Weekend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources waives all fishing license fees for two days,…

Rep. Franz’s National Guard bill receives Senate committee hearing

State Rep. Ray Franz’s legislation to ensure employment protections for the men and women of the National Guard received a hearing in the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs today. HB 4796 will protect the service members of the National Guard from losing their employment in the state of Michigan if they are called to military…

Rep. Franz invites public to coffee hours

In conjunction with National County Government Month, Rep. Ray Franz will hold a public coffee hour from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in the County Commissioners Room of the Manistee County Courthouse located at 415 3rd Street in Manistee. “I invite the people in Manistee County to stop by,” said Rep. Franz, R-Onekama. “This…

Rep. Franz co-sponsors Blue Star Mother’s Resolution

LANSING, MI – State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, co-sponsored House Resolution 204 last week to declare Feb. 2 Blue Star Mothers Day in the state of Michigan. Blue Star Mothers is a national organization founded in Flint in 1942 that consists of mothers whose sons and daughters have served honorably in the United States Armed…

Rep. Franz introduces legislation to implement “highway hospital zones”

LANSING, MI – State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, introduced legislation today that will create and enforce “highway hospital zones.” House Bill 5259 will amend a section of the Michigan Vehicle Code to create “highway hospital zones.” In addition, this designation will allow state and local law enforcement officials to enforce a maximum speed of 45…

Rep. Franz aids in passage of athletic trainer bill to improve quality care

LANSING, MI – The Michigan House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation that will improve the quality of health care that out-of-state amateur, collegiate and professional athletes receive while traveling in Michigan. House Bill 4792 sponsored by Rep. Robert Wittenberg, D-Oak Park, was first approved by the House Regulatory Reform Committee under the oversight of…

Rep. Franz welcomes granddaughter to State of the State address

LANSING, MI – Onekama lawmaker State Rep. Ray Franz, right, welcomed granddaughter Meghan Franz, left, to the House chamber tonight to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s State the State address. “It is a true blessing to have my granddaughter here with me tonight to share in this experience,” Rep. Franz said. “Like so many Michigan families…

Rep. Franz to host town hall with chair of the House Transportation Committee

LANSING, MI — State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, will host a transportation town hall with special guest Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, chair of the House Transportation Committee. “I am honored to be hosting this informational town hall with Chairman Pettalia because together we will be able to deliver a powerful message about of where…

Five consecutive years of perfect attendance for Rep. Franz

LANSING, MI — State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, has adhered to nothing less than perfect attendance while serving his tenure in the Michigan House of Representatives. Rep. Franz has been present for every bill introduction and every roll call vote in the House since taking office in January 2011. “As your state Representative I am…

Rep. Franz reflects on 2015

By Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama I would like to thank my family, friends and all those living in the 101st House District for their sincere support over the past year. I have been blessed with the opportunity of serving in the Michigan House of Representatives for nearly five years now and I am truly privileged…