Bellino’s locking prescription vial plan prevents teenage opioid abuse

Legislator: Youth opioid abuse starts in the medicine cabinet, not on the streets State Rep. Joe Bellino today delivered testimony during the House Health Policy Committee in support of his plan to prevent teenage opioid abuse and pilfering from the family medicine cabinet by implementing locking prescription vials. Pilfering, Bellino explained, is the process of…

Rep. Whiteford announces September office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, will host local office hours this month on Monday, Sept. 17. “I take my responsibility representing my friends and neighbors very seriously,” Whiteford said. “Office hours are a wonderful opportunity for me to listen to thoughts and concerns from our community.” Office hours will take place at the…

Rep. LaFave: Acts of school violence should appear on a background check

People convicted of planning or carrying out a violent threat against students and school employees on school grounds will see it on their criminal record under a plan unveiled today by state Rep. Beau LaFave. “We need to ensure our children receiving an education and our hard-working teachers are safe in the classroom,” said LaFave,…

Rep. Cole: Record investment for Northern Michigan K-12 public schools

As students begin a new school year, state Rep. Triston Cole announced he has voted over the past two years to bring an additional $5.5 million to Northern Michigan public school districts. “This record investment will ensure teachers and students have the resources they need to succeed,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “More funding for the…

Rep. Rendon invites residents to September office hours

State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City will sponsor local office hours for the month of September. “Office hours are an opportunity for residents to meet with me and ask questions, offer ideas, or share thoughts regarding state government,” Rendon said. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: Friday, September 14…

Rep. Johnson announces September office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Thursday, September 20, 2018 Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S. Main St. in Wayland 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “One of my top priorities…

Rep. Lucido to host water town hall meeting

State Rep. Peter Lucido will host a water town hall meeting on Monday, Oct. 8 to discuss concerns over possible PFAS contamination of drinking water and the conditions of Lake St. Clair. The event will serve as an update to a meeting hosted by Rep. Lucido last year. “The safety of our drinking water and…

Rep. Howrylak: Students begin school backed by record funding, heightened emphasis on career prep

State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, today highlighted record state funding across Oakland and Macomb counties and renewed an emphasis on preparing students for the workforce. “Every student should be able to explore all post-high school opportunities,” Howrylak said. “Given Michigan’s ever-increasing need for individuals with the necessary skill set and experience in skilled trades,…

Rep. Alexander invites residents to September office hours

State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover will hold local office hours for the month of September. “I always look forward to the opportunity to meet with residents from the Jackson area,” Alexander said. “I encourage anyone with questions or ideas about their state government to join me for office hours.” The representative will be available…

COLUMN: Eliminating red tape for rehabilitated individuals

By state Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo Township For far too long, our definition of ‘rehabilitation’ regarding criminal justice has been the bare minimum. People are released from incarceration every day in Southwest Michigan and around the nation, but are they prepared to succeed in society? Shouldn’t our justice system ensure that those released get…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: August 27, 2018

As many of you know, “The Wall That Heals” is a mobile, 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. and is currently touring the country. It is an important way for veterans, family, and citizens to remember and honor those who gave their all in the Vietnam War and to…

Rep. Hauck: K-12 students head back to school supported by record funding

Many districts have received $360 per-student boost in past 2 years Students in mid-Michigan return to K-12 classrooms this fall supported by record state funding, state Rep. Roger Hauck said today. “The resources are lined up to make our good schools even better and to help our struggling schools improve,” said Hauck, of Union Township…