Rep. Hoitenga sponsors October office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her October office hours schedule for the residents of Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties. “I encourage everyone to attend local office hours,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “In order for me to be an effective representative, there needs to be open communication. Although I cover three counties, I work hard…

Rep. Hoitenga sponsors town hall on reforming auto insurance

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced she will sponsor a town hall event with special guest Rep. Lana Theis of Brighton to discuss auto no-fault insurance reform. “Reducing the rate of car insurance has been one of my priorities since taking office,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I encourage people to attend, share their ideas and…

Rep. Hoitenga announces bipartisan plan to lower auto insurance rates in Michigan

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton today joined a bipartisan coalition announcing plans to fix Michigan’s broken auto insurance system and significantly lower rates for drivers. Michigan now has the highest auto insurance rates in the nation, and one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers. Hoitenga supports legislation that will lower the cost of…

Rep. Hoitenga offers support behind Michigan’s move to FirstNet

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, chair of the House Committee on Communications and Technology, today offered support for a measure that will move Michigan to a national public safety broadband network. The network, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), was created in 2012. FirstNet will create and maintain a wireless broadband communication network for public safety agencies…

Rep. Hoitenga invites local first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today hosted first responders Big Rapids Fire Lt. Travis Williams and Firefighter Nathan Yehle as her guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of…

Rep. Hoitenga mutilation ban bill signed into law by governor

A bipartisan bill package, led by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s legislation criminalizing female genital mutilation in Michigan was signed into law today. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Hoitenga’s bill specifically classifies the procedure as a felony, with the legislative package also setting sentencing…

Rep. Hoitenga sponsors July office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her office hours for the month of July. “Meeting with people over the last six months has been incredibly informative for me,” said Rep. Hoitenga who represents Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties. “Listening to their concerns is my top priority and will help me be a better representative.”…

Rep. Hoitenga mutilation ban bill approved, headed to governor

The state House gave final approval of legislation sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga today, criminalizing female genital mutilation in Michigan as part of an eight-bill legislative package. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Hoitenga’s bill specifically classifies the procedure as a felony with…

House OKs Rep. Hoitenga bill cutting government regulation

A bill introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga related to business monitoring systems passed the Michigan House of Representatives today. Hoitenga’s bill would prohibit local ordinances from requiring a permit for business surveillance systems if a registered provider or licensed system contractor performs the work and the system is less than 50 volts. The work…

Rep. Hoitenga bill approved, protects children from mutilation

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga voted to protect children today as the House approved a bipartisan legislative package with seven bills and one resolution to criminalize female genital mutilation in Michigan. Legislation sponsored by Hoitenga specifically prohibits the procedure, which classifies the offense as a felony with a partner bill including incarceration for up to 15…

Michigan House approves Hoitenga’s ‘right to carry’ legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga to give law-abiding citizens back their fundamental right to bear arms without a government-issued permit. Hoitenga’s legislation is part of a four-bill package that removes the penalties for carrying a concealed handgun without first obtaining a concealed pistol license. “People who…

Committee advances bill to ban female genital mutilation

The House Law and Justice Committee approved bipartisan legislation today to prevent female genital mutilation in Michigan, a week after hearing testimony from state representatives on the package that includes seven bills and one resolution. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, starting at the age of 4, which is intended to…

House committee advances Hoitenga’s ‘right to carry’ legislation

Representative: People shouldn’t have to ask permission to exercise Second Amendment rights State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s legislation enabling law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee. Hoitenga’s legislation is part of a four-bill package that removes the penalties for carrying a concealed pistol without…

Bipartisan female protection bills assigned to House Law and Justice Committee

A bipartisan legislative package that criminalizes female genital mutilation was introduced in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday and has been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee. “The committee looks forward to considering this important legislation,” said state Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “We must do what…

Legislation introduced to ban female mutilation in Michigan

Female genital mutilation (FGM) would be criminalized in Michigan under bipartisan legislation submitted today in the state House of Representatives. “We must do what we can legislatively to prevent this inhumane act from occurring in Michigan,” said state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton. “This legislative package is incredibly comprehensive, addressing all possible factors related to…