Reps. Lauwers, LaFontaine give unique virtual tour of the Capitol

Lawmakers take Marysville students on field trip using video chat State Reps. Dan Lauwers and Andrea LaFontaine today gave students at Gardens Elementary in Marysville their first-ever virtual tour of the Capitol. Using a video chat program, the lawmakers showed the third-graders around the House and Senate chambers, the governor’s office and the old courtroom…

Bill approved to deal with abandoned marina vessels

State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine’s bill that clarifies the marina and boatyard storage lien act was passed by the Michigan House yesterday. House Bill 5429 creates a more efficient process for marinas and boatyard storage facilities to dispose of abandoned vessels. The bill came from an on-going issue with abandoned vessels in marinas and storage facilities…

Civil Air Patrol volunteer bill passed by House

Rep. LaFontaine’s bill to protect the jobs of Civil Air patrol volunteers was passed with overwhelming support in the Michigan House of Representatives today. House bill 4537 prohibits employers from discriminating against, disciplining, or discharging an employee who was absent from work for responding to a declared emergency as a volunteer member of the Civil…

Rep. LaFontaine introduces resolution on Omphalocele awareness

A House resolution to declare Jan. 31, 2016 as Omphalocele Awareness Day was passed in the Michigan House today. Rep. Andrea LaFontaine introduced HR 209 after meeting with Brianna Steffen, a nine-year-old student from Chesterfield Township. “I was very inspired by Brianna’s ability to overcome being born with an omphalocele and use what happened to…

Rep. LaFontaine ready for busy year after State of the State

After attending the 2016 State of the State address on Jan. 19, Rep. Andrea LaFontaine is looking to accomplish a lot for Michigan in the coming 12 months. Among the top issues Rep. LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, looks to tackle in the new year is recycling improvements around the state. “Recycling is essential to preserving Michigan’s…

Rep. LaFontaine bill updating athletic trainer requirements signed into law

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine’s clarifies requirements for athletic trainers in Michigan was signed into law today by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. House Bill 4263, cuts the licensing fee for athletic trainers in half and changes continuing education requirements for renewing an athletic training license. “Athletic trainers have a high-pressure role focused on…

Rep. LaFontaine honored by manufacturers association

Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, was honored as a recipient of the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) Legislator of the Year Award. Manufacturers joined state and local leaders on Sept. 29 to honor Rep. LaFontaine in Lansing during the annual MMA Legislative Reception. The Legislator of the Year Award recognizes legislators for their leadership and dedication…

Rep. LaFontaine announces office hours for September

Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, invites the residents of the 32ndHouse District to attend office hours in September. The event will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 28 at the Biggby Coffee in New Baltimore at 36540 Green Street . “I invite all residents to attend so that they may share their…

Rep. LaFontaine announces August office hour

State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, is hosting an office hour this month, giving residents the opportunity to meet with her locally. No appointment is necessary to speak with the representative from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, at Biggby Coffee, 36540 Green St., New Baltimore. All are welcome to hear legislative updates…

Gov. Snyder OKs Rep. LaFontaine’s child-placement bills

Bipartisan legislation helps children find loving homes, protects faith-based agencies and does not restrict adoptions Michigan’s successful child-placement system will continue to help children find loving homes thanks to a unique public-private partnership under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder. The package, led by state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, ensures all citizens have…

Rep. LaFontaine appointed to special House committee on roads

Senior legislator joins seven-member panel to discuss solutions for Michigan’s road-funding challenges State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine this week was appointed to a newly formed bipartisan House committee to address the state’s long-overdue infrastructure funding issues and foster Michigan’s continued economic growth. “The State of Michigan has needed a long term road funding plan for over…

Lawmakers announce Civil Air Patrol Employee Protection Act

Senator Patrick Colbeck and Representative Andrea LaFontaine have introduced legislation to stop discrimination faced by employees who miss work due to their service in the Michigan Civil Air Patrol. The legislation has bi-partisan support. Senate Bill 310 and House Bill 4537 create the Civil Air Patrol Employee Protection Act, which will protect workers from undue…

Rep. LaFontaine asks residents to bring odd laws to her attention

Michiganders encouraged to assist criminal law reforms State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine invites residents to submit ideas to reform outdated, ignored laws and unnecessary criminal regulations as part of a legislative workgroup. “Most laws on the books in Michigan have very important roles today, but there are a handful of criminal laws that are simply foolish…

Rep. LaFontaine takes fourth plunge for Special Olympics

LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine once again braced herself for the annual Legislative Polar Plunge on the Capitol lawn. The Columbus Township representative today made her fourth jump for Special Olympics Michigan on the sunny, 13-degree Michigan afternoon.