Rep. Hoitenga’s plan to allow stun guns in Michigan approved by House

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to allow people to use and possess stun guns in Michigan was approved today by the House with bipartisan support. “Many people are uncomfortable carrying firearms and would prefer to instead carry a stun gun for self-defense,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “Stun guns are a good, non-lethal way for people…

Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to first office hours of 2020

Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced upcoming office hours for residents of Wexford and Mecosta counties and part of Osceola County. Rep. Hoitenga’s office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, Jan. 31 9 to 10 a.m. at the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 N Lake St. in Cadillac; 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at…

Rep. Hoitenga highlights committee progress during legislative year

In her third year as chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee, second-term state Rep. Michele Hoitenga continued work to help more people in Michigan gain access to high-speed broadband while striving to cut government red tape. To cap a year of hearings and pivotal discussions with fellow committee members, Hoitenga oversaw the advancement…

Rep. Hoitenga: Governor misses mark by vetoing plan to end baiting ban

Gov. Whitmer kills legislation, despite bipartisan support State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today condemned Gov. Whitmer’s decision to veto a plan that would have restored the practice of baiting and feeding deer in Michigan. Hoitenga, of Manton, proposed House Bill 4687 to end the widely criticized ban, which was issued by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission…

COLUMN: Government overreach has gotten out of control

A memorable Detroit Lions game this year was the team’s one-point loss to the Green Bay Packers. Detroit seemed to be playing against additional and powerful opponents – the referees. The Lions were crushed by some unbelievable penalty calls while players and spectators stood by and watched helplessly. That game describes much of today’s governmental…

Rep. Hoitenga continuing to fight for critical state funding

House approves new supplemental budget plan  State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today voted to restore key funding vetoed by the governor two months ago, protecting Michigan workers, veterans, children and families. The governor originally issued a total of 147 line-item vetoes within a budget proposal previously approved by the Legislature before the Oct. 1…

Rep. Hoitenga: Plan to end deer baiting ban sent to governor’s desk

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to restore the practice of baiting and feeding deer in Michigan has been sent to the governor for her consideration. The plan would end the ban issued by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in August 2018 amid concerns about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Hoitenga, of Manton, said…

Hoitenga plan ending licensure discrimination signed into law

A plan spearheaded by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga helping Michigan residents with felony convictions get back on their feet and further their careers has been signed into law today by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist. Gilchrist is serving as acting governor while Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is out of the country on a trade mission. House Bill…

Daylight Saving Time legislation springs forward

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, to eliminate the twice-yearly time change in Michigan was approved today by the House Commerce and Tourism Committee “Time change is a nuisance,” Hoitenga said. “Workers and students across our state have been hurt by it for decades. Not only is the practice antiquated, it’s…

Rep. Hoitenga: Abuses of power have dire consequences for people in Northern Michigan

Legislator backs plan limiting State Administrative Board abilities State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today lent support for a new common-sense framework related to the state budget – preserving some State Administrative Board powers while preventing future gubernatorial abuse of the system regardless of who holds the governor’s office. The plan relates to a board…

Hoitenga plan restoring Second Amendment rights clears House committee

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today approved state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan implementing Constitutional Carry in Michigan. Hoitenga’s measure is part of a five-bill package that would eliminate current restrictions and penalties associated with carrying concealed weapons. “This is about giving people back their fundamental right to bear arms and ensure law-abiding…

Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to upcoming office hours

Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced October office hours for residents of Wexford and Mecosta counties and part of Osceola County. “I hope to see everyone at my upcoming office hours,” Hoitenga said. “I will be providing an update on what is happening in Lansing and answering any questions you may have.” Rep. Hoitenga’s office…

Rep. Hoitenga: Governor’s cuts to Legislature’s budget plan will make things harder for Michigan residents and their families

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from a Legislature-approved budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, including 147 line-item vetoes: “All summer and as we approached the Oct. 1 constitutional budget deadline, the governor expressed concerns that the budget…