Rep. Hooker completes third term with perfect attendance

State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, did not miss a vote during the 2015-16 session while completing his six-year term in the House of Representatives. “Being a true representative of the 77th District meant making every vote,” said Rep. Hooker. “We had over 1,200 votes during the past two years on many important issues and…

Rep. Hooker submits bill for first beer tax increase since 1966

State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, has introduced legislation Tuesday to increase the tax on beer to five cents per 12-ounce serving. “This is to help fund health and treatment programs associated with the consumption of alcohol, as well as lead to a decrease in crimes tied to alcohol,” said Rep. Hooker. “With fewer state…

Rep. Hooker hosts Byron Township public safety director for 9/11 ceremony

Todd Szakacs, public safety director of Byron Township, was the guest of State Rep. Tom Hooker for the House of Representatives’ annual 9/11 ceremony Thursday at the state Capitol. “I appreciated having Todd Szakacs in Lansing as we honored all first responders,” said Rep. Hooker, R-Byron Center. “These are the people that are protecting our…

Public invited to Rep. Hooker’s office hours in Byron Center

State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, is continuing his commitment to 77th District residents by scheduling office hours at the Byron Family Restaurant, 2527 84th St. SW, in Byron Center, on Monday, Sept. 12. “Making my monthly visit to Byron Center are the best way I can talk face-to-face with area residents and get their…

Public invited to Rep. Hooker’s June office hours in Byron Center, Wyoming

State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, will be making his monthly visits at the Byron Family Restaurant and Big Boy Restaurant on June 20 and June 27 to share state government updates with area residents. “Meeting face-to-face with fellow 77th District residents is the best way to share feedback about our state government,” said Rep….

CPR In Schools legislation approved by House committee

“CPR In Schools” legislation sponsored by Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, was approved by the House Committee on Education today. House Bill 5160 requires hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training as part of a school district’s health curriculum between 7th and 12th grade. According to the American Heart Association, approximately 357,000…

New legislation prohibits unregulated custody transfers of adopted children

Bill package helps ensure the safety of adopted kids Legislators today introduced a four-bill package to prohibit and punish the practice of informal child custody transfers. “In some cases, parents are using online forums to offer adopted children to strangers, which results in children being ‘rehomed’ into potentially abusive and unsafe environments,” said Rep. McCready,…

Rep. Hooker bill updates concussion measures for student-athletes

Legislation authored by Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, which would allow college student-athletes to sign their own concussion education waivers was approved by the House Committee on Health Policy today. House Bill 5314 seeks to update Public Acts 342 and 343 of 2012, both also written by Rep. Hooker, which required athletes, parents and coaches…

Rep. Hooker to return to classroom for March is Reading Month

Rep. Tom Hooker is looking forward to returning to the classroom during March, celebrating March is Reading month by scheduling classroom visits to read to elementary school students. Rep. Hooker was a teacher in the Byron Center Public School District for 37 years, prior to being elected to the House of Representatives. “March Is Reading…

Rep. Hooker responds to audit of Grand Rapids VA facility

Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, has issued the following statement in response to the state Auditor General’s full report on the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, due to be released on Friday: “I am very concerned about the findings that are expected in this report. We will study this issue extensively, and we will hold…

Rep. Hooker defends vaccine waiver bills, states new policy violates statute

LANSING – Rep. Tom Hooker spoke about House Bills 5126 and 5127 today after the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that immunization waivers requested by Michigan parents is down approximately 40 percent, a year after a new DHHS rule required parents to meet with their local health department when applying for…

Rep. Hooker testifies to ban state funding to abortion providers

LANSING – Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, testified before the House Committee on Appropriations today in support of House Bill 4145, which seeks to prohibit supplying state funds to health entities that provide or counsel to elective abortions. “This has been a passion project of mine for five years as a member of the state…