Rep. Hoitenga calls for an end to licensure discrimination

Michigan House approves legislation State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to help Michigan residents with felony convictions get back on their feet and further their careers was unanimously approved by the House today. Current law prohibits anyone convicted of any felony from becoming a licensed insurance agent in Michigan. Under Hoitenga’s plan, the Department of Insurance…

Calley plan brings transparency, clarity to Michigan’s campaign finance laws

The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to simplify and improve transparency in Michigan’s campaign finance laws. Calley, of Portland, said her legislation will help people understand the campaign finance process by eliminating inconsistencies and providing precise rules, especially regarding prizes and gifts associated with fundraising. “Our campaign finance regulations do not…

Rep. Filler: House approves plan to help farmers hurt by relentless rain

State Rep. Graham Filler and the Michigan House today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain. Filler, of DeWitt, said the plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state. “This spring has been one…

Reps. Johnson, O’Malley host informative roads town hall in Allegan County

State Rep. Steven Johnson, of Wayland, recently hosted community members for a town hall meeting to discuss road funding with special guest Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee. The discussion included an update on current road funding, a summary on the history of road funding in Michigan and potential options to continue…

Rep. Mueller: Park officers must be allowed to enforce marijuana laws

State Rep. Mike Mueller recently testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of his plan to allow parks and recreation officers to enforce provisions of the new recreational marijuana law in state parks, forest land and waterways. Mueller, of Linden, said officers commissioned by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) already have the ability…

Rep. Lilly plan to help develop leaders in Michigan schools receives passing grade

Legislation allows retired teachers to train educators at struggling schools The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Jim Lilly’s plan to address a critical staffing shortage at a program aimed at improving academic outcomes for struggling schools. Lilly, of Park Township, said his plan will allow experienced teachers and administrators to come out of…

Rep. Hauck continues call to help Michigan farmers impacted by record rainfall

State Rep. Roger Hauck today reiterated the need to support Michigan farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain. A House plan approved on Thursday would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state. “Farmers in Midland and Isabella counties have been…

Rep. Frederick supports plan to help farmers devastated by record rain

State Rep. Ben Frederick and the Michigan House today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain. The plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state. “The loan program will serve as a lifeline for…

Rep. Schroeder hosts first Facebook Live town hall meeting

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder this week held the Michigan Legislature’s first-ever Facebook Live town hall event with special guest Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, to discuss road funding and the future of Michigan’s infrastructure. Rep. Schroeder answered multiple questions from the live feed on Facebook that has reached over 1,000 views….

VIDEO: Rep. Schroeder testifies on her plan to better protect Michigan children

Rep. Schroeder’s plan better protects Michigan children   State Reps. Andrea Schroeder and Matt Hall today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee. State Rep. Andrea Schroeder today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of her plan to help keep children safe from abuse and neglect. The Office…

Afendoulis, Michigan House lead sweeping, bipartisan water quality plan

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis today introduced part of an extensive, bipartisan plan to address water quality across the state of Michigan. “Water quality issues have touched every corner of this state and it is our responsibility to restore Michigan families’ confidence that the water that they drink, bathe in or swim in is safe,” said…

Rep. Johnson announces July office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, July 19, 2019 Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Road SE in Kentwood 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S. Main St. in Wayland 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. “Open and honest…

Letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

June 20, 2019   The Honorable Sonny Perdue Secretary of USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC 20250   Dear Secretary Perdue,   As Michigan Legislators, we urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide flexibility and equitable treatment for Michigan farmers who have had to delay planting their crops….

Rep. Albert to host local office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell will host district office hours on Friday, June 28 to meet with local residents of the 86th District. “It has been a busy few months in Lansing and throughout the district,” Rep. Albert said. “I was happy to support a real, bipartisan solution for auto insurance reform, but there…