Rep. Hoitenga’s occupational licensing reform bill approved by Michigan House

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of his or her moral character. Hoitenga’s legislation, House Bill 6112, is part of a bipartisan,…

Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to October office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her October office hours schedule for the residents of Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties.             “Local office hours are a great way for me to listen to people in the community,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I encourage everyone to come and share any concerns or ideas involving our state…

Rep. Hoitenga tours specialized Cadillac-based manufacturer

Legislator: AAR’s military contracts prove demand for skilled workforce State Rep. Michele Hoitenga on Monday participated in a tour and roundtable discussion at AAR Mobility Systems of Cadillac, receiving updates on the importance of limiting regulatory red tape for the specialized manufacturer. “What AAR Mobility Systems is doing, especially with its U.S. military contracts, is…

Reps. Hoitenga, Wentworth tout Osceola County grant

Productive reuse of property can grow, sustain areas of Northern Michigan State Reps. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, and Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today announced the future implementation of an $83,000 Brownfield Redevelopment grant for Osceola County. The grants, provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, help to evaluate sites around the state for potential…

Rep. Hoitenga highlights progress made by House Communications and Technology Committee

Legislator proud of increased broadband efforts, drone plans State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee, today stressed the importance of key issues addressed during the first six months of the year that improve the way of living for Michiganders. Hoitenga, of Manton, has consistently fought for improved broadband for residents…

Rep. Hoitenga bill will help human trafficking victims

Legislator’s plan forces criminals to pay for survivors’ services State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today detailed her legislation as part of a bipartisan effort to provide added legal protections and assistance to human trafficking survivors. Hoitenga’s measure would create a human trafficking assistance fund financed by Michigan’s convicted criminals, in the form of fines…

Rep. Hoitenga votes for state budget focused on key priorities

Spending plan focuses on issues important to families   State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voted to approve the state budget, making continued investments in roads, school safety and treatment of mental health. Hoitenga, of Manton, said the fiscally conservative budget for the coming fiscal year continues to pay down debt and spends fewer state taxpayer…

Rep. Hoitenga meets with FCC commissioner in effort to expand broadband

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee, recently met with Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr to discuss ways of expanding broadband services to underserved areas in Michigan. “One of my biggest priorities in the Michigan House and through my work with this particular committee is improving broadband capability. I want…

Hoitenga calls proposed registration fees for kayaks, canoes ‘absurd’

Legislator opposes increased taxation for Michigan outdoor enthusiasts State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today expressed her disappointment with a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission to require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. “Don’t be fooled by the lingo in this proposal,” said Hoitenga, of Manton, “this registration…

Hoitenga plan to make pepper spray more accessible signed into law

Pepper spray will be more readily available for Michigan residents to carry for self-defense now that a reform introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga was recently signed into law. Hoitenga said Michigan’s previous self-defense spray regulations were too restrictive. “Most pepper spray products on the market could not be purchased or carried legally in Michigan,”…

Rep. Hoitenga’s unmanned aircraft bills fly through Michigan House

The Michigan House today approved a pair of bills proposed by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga as part of a legislative package establishing needed state laws for drones. House Bill 5494 declares drone use as an extension of the person in instances of criminal activity. Illegal activity carried out with the use of a drone, such…

Rep. Hoitenga votes to give credit for high school internships

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voted to increase opportunities for high school students to earn course credit with completion of an internship or work study program. “Employers in Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties need students with real-world experience,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “This program will encourage students to take advantage of opportunities we have right…