Broadband access is more important now than ever before

By State Rep. Michele Hoitenga The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed critical vulnerabilities to the interconnectedness of our state and communities. Lacking broadband access has continued to plague schools, businesses, telemedicine, and government operations – just to name a few – and this virus has further augmented this blind spot. The necessity of internet access has…

Rep. Hoitenga to host tele-town hall meeting on auto insurance

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga will host a tele-town hall meeting Wednesday, March 25 for residents to ask questions about the upcoming change in Michigan’s car insurance system. Hoitenga will be joined by Speaker Pro Tempore and chairman of the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, Jason Wentworth. “Last summer, I was happy to cast…

Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to February office hours

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, Feb. 28 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mr. Pib’s Restaurant, 3780 Mackinaw Trail in Le Roy; and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at JK’s Whisper…

Rep. Hoitenga opposes union requirement for Michigan marijuana businesses

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voiced her support for a resolution that calls on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her administration to reverse their licensing rules requiring marijuana businesses to receive approval from a union to operate in Michigan. Hoitenga, of Manton, said the proposed rule requiring “labor peace agreements” isn’t authorized by the ballot language…

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…