House subcommittee approves plan to protect and promote Michigan’s farmers

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development today passed a budget that saves taxpayer dollars while supporting continued growth, innovation and food safety in Michigan’s agricultural industry, said state Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, chair of the subcommittee. “This budget plan invests in Michigan’s farmers and farming communities – supporting innovation and safety in growing…

Rep. Mueller welcomes local church group to Lansing

  PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden welcomed Senior Pastor Chris Yager (right front) and members of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Swartz Creek to his Lansing office on Tuesday. The group met with the representative to pray and offer words of encouragement. The meeting was part of 121 Capitol Connection, an effort by…

Rep. Albert spearheads new state retirement system reforms

State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, today sponsored a proposal that will make needed adjustments to retirement systems for state employees, state police, judges and public school employees. Now in his second term in the Michigan House, Albert has led the way in reforming the state’s public employee retirement systems. His latest proposals continue the…

Rep. Huizenga schedules local office hours

State Rep. Mark Huizenga of Walker set office hours to meet with local residents of the 74th District in the month of May. “I enjoy talking with people in district every chance I get,” Rep. Huizenga said. “Office hours are a way to directly hear your thoughts on the state issues you care about most….

Rep. Whiteford: Michigan must learn from Nassar case

Plan establishes clear guidelines for sensitive medical treatments State Rep. Mary Whiteford today testified before the House Judiciary Committee, saying Michigan’s laws must be updated to fix deficiencies brought to light during the House’s inquiry into the handling of the Larry Nassar sexual assault case at Michigan State University. A plan introduced by Whiteford, a…

Rep. Whiteford invites residents to May office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford announced her May office hours for residents of the 80th district. “Office hours this spring have been going great,” Whiteford said. “I look forward to hearing what is on the minds of my constituents this month.” Rep. Whiteford’s office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, May 17 10 – 11 a.m….

Justice is coming for Michigan children

By state Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township Nothing will ever be more important than ensuring the children of our great state are growing up in safe environments with responsible, loving guardians. There is also no downplaying the vital role Children’s Protective Services (CPS) contributes to the protection of Michigan’s most vulnerable population. However, the…

Rep. Filler announces May coffee hours

State Rep. Graham Filler has announced his next set of local coffee hours. These will be held Friday, May 10 at the following times and locations: 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Big Boy, 1408 Old U.S. 27 in St. Johns; and 10 to 11 a.m. at Hearthstone Oven Bakery and Café, 126 S. Pine River…

Rep. Schroeder accepting nominations for Outstanding Educator Award

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township is seeking outstanding educators throughout the 43rd District to present with an Outstanding Educator Award during Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week in May. “Educators deserve recognition and appreciation for the tremendous job they do inside and outside of the classroom,” Rep. Schroeder said. “I encourage everyone to get…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: April 29, 2019

On Tuesday, I testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of my legislation to better protect medical personnel from abuse. Sadly, Michigan hospitals have reported a significant increase in the number of violent encounters with patients and visitors, and my plan would stiffen penalties for those who assault health care workers, which is something…

Rep. Markkanen extends nomination deadline for Outstanding Educator Award

Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, recently launched the Outstanding Educator Award program. Students, parents, and school faculty of the 110th district in the Upper Peninsula are encouraged to nominate local educators who have made a meaningful impact on their community.  Markkanen will select three educators from the district and nominations for the 2018-2019 school year…

Rep. Whiteford’s plan to ‘Raise the Age’ approved by Michigan House

Legislation ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in court State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system has been overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House. Whiteford, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of her colleagues, said…

Rep. Wendzel to host local coffee hour

State Representative Pauline Wendzel announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during a morning coffee hour. The coffee hour will take place on Monday, April 29th at the Early Bird Eatery, 9735 Red Arrow Hwy in Bridgman from 10 to 11 a.m. “Last months ‘Pints with Pauline’ was a big hit,” Wendzel said. …