Panel approves Frederick plan to expand college options to high school students

Michigan high school students will be better informed of college level courses and testing options under a legislative plan approved today by the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. State Rep. Ben Frederick, who took 10 examinations as an adult in pursuing his bachelors degree, wants students to receive more information on the registration, eligibility,…

Rep. Frederick votes to support funding for park improvements in Shiawassee County

State Rep. Ben Frederick today helped advance plans to fund improvements to a Shiawassee County park. Frederick, of Owosso, voted in favor of the Natural Resources Trust Fund plan approved by the Michigan House. The plan designates $165,800 for improvements at Henderson Park, with another $57,800 in local matching funds. The $223,600 project includes a…

Rep. Frederick to host consumer protection presentation

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso will host a presentation on elder abuse and fraud prevention on Thursday, May 24. The presentation will occur at the Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 S. Shiawassee St. in Owosso from 5:30 to 7 p.m. “There are a number of important issues facing older Michigan residents, including elder abuse,…

Rep. Frederick invites residents to May office hours

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso will hold local office hours for the month of May. “Office hours present an opportunity for residents to meet with me and ask questions, offer ideas or share thoughts regarding state government,” Frederick said. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, May 14 Shiawassee…

Rep. Frederick votes for needed boost for U.P., state economy

State Rep. Ben Frederick today co-sponsored an advancing House resolution calling for Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.’s reinvestment into the Empire Mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Frederick voted to approve the bipartisan legislation in the House Commerce and Trade Committee and later in a full House vote, stating that the time was now to bring mining back to…

Rep. Frederick applauds DNR grant to remove Shiatown Dam

Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso commended the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for awarding a grant of $108,000 to the Friends of the Shiawassee River. Projects focus on the removal, maintenance and repair of dams in Michigan. “I applaud Friends of the Shiawassee River for receiving this vital grant,” Frederick said. “They worked hard to…

Rep. Frederick invites residents to April office hours

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso will hold local office hours for the month of April. “I always look forward to the opportunity to meet with my constituents,” Frederick said. “I want residents to know I am invested in them and effectively representing their interests and needs in Lansing.” The representative will be available at…

Rep. Frederick: House approves plan helping brownfield sites, including Vernon business

The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to help cleanup efforts at blighted industrial sites across the state, including one in Shiawassee County. Frederick’s legislation updates and expands Michigan’s brownfield redevelopment law to help ensure appropriate cleanup of abandoned sites in rural areas. His plan would make the removal of manufacturing byproducts…

Rep. Frederick votes to expand education with internships

House approves plan to give high school students credit for work-study programs State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to expand skilled trades and professional development opportunities for high school students by allowing course credit with completion of an internship or work study co-op program. “An internship adds real-world experience for college students, so it makes…

Rep. Frederick votes to update reading mandate for new teachers

State Rep. Ben Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, recently voted for legislation to update reading instruction standards for new teachers seeking professional teaching certification. Frederick, of Owosso, remarked that the state mandated 3-credit course requirement on top of existing college courses and reading-focused professional development is unnecessary. “It is important…

Rep. Frederick votes for bills to improve workforce education

Legislation connects unemployment and job demand data to colleges, universities State Rep. Ben Frederick recently voted for legislation requiring the state government to share data with colleges and universities, in addition to state programs such as Michigan Works!, to help improve job training programs. As the chair of the House Workforce and Talent Committee, Frederick…

Rep. Frederick’s bill to honor Pfc. Shane Cantu headed to governor

Legislation renames a portion of M-71 between Owosso and Corunna The Michigan Senate this week unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Ben Frederick to name a portion of M-71 after Pfc. Shane Cantu, a Shiawassee County native who died in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. Frederick’s bill renames the portion of M-71 between the…

Rep. Frederick bill further streamlines property rehabilitation efforts

The Michigan House on Wednesday advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, which allows more flexibility for assessed property value during commercial redevelopment periods. The Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Exemption was enacted in 2000 with the goal of providing local governments with an economic development tool to incentivize redevelopment of blighted and…

Frederick supports legislation protecting children involved in abuse investigations

Bipartisan bill package requires the recording of forensic interviews State Rep. Ben Frederick recently voted in favor of legislation aimed at bringing additional clarity to legal matters involving allegations of child abuse and neglect. The legislation was approved in the Michigan House with overwhelming support. The bipartisan three-bill package requires all forensic interviews conducted at…

Rep. Frederick supports additional funding for road repairs this summer

Roads in Shiawassee and Saginaw counties would benefit from legislation approved today by Rep. Ben Frederick and the Michigan House. The legislation would provide an additional $175 million for road work across Michigan as early as this summer. “I hear it loud and clear wherever I go – improving our roads is top priority for…