Reps. LaFave, Markkanen team up to limit taxes, protect disabled veterans

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today unanimously approved a plan giving 100-percent disabled military veterans greater access to Michigan’s state parks and license plate options. Currently, 100-percent disabled veterans are only able to receive a Disabled Veteran (DV) license plate with no registration cost. Under the plan sponsored by state Rep. Beau…

COLUMN: 47 years after Roe, fight to protect sanctity of life continues

Another January, and another anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Friday, pro-life advocates will again assemble in Washington, D.C., for the National March for Life. Many more will join state marches, including one in Lansing on Wednesday. And in vigils throughout the country, prayers will again be offered to parents…

Rep. Mueller supports plan to waive state park fee for disabled vets

State Rep. Mike Mueller today joined the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee in unanimously approving a plan making it easier for 100-percent disabled veterans to enjoy the benefits of accessing Michigan’s state parks for free. The plan would allow honorably discharged veterans who provide proof of their 100-percent disability status to the Secretary…

Rep. Schroeder announces February office hours

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder invites residents to her in-district office hours on Monday, Feb. 3 from 12 to 2 p.m. at The Coffee Bucket, 3549 Airport Road in Waterford. “I value these informal opportunities to hear from residents of our community and learn more about what is important to them,” Rep. Schroeder said. “I hope…

Rep. Bollin returns share of office allotment back to state of Michigan

State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township is happy to announce she has returned $8,111.31 of her 2019 office budget allotment back to the state of Michigan. “Being a former clerk of Brighton Township, I know the importance of serving my constituent efficiently,” Rep Bollin said. “I’m happy to report my office has been fiscally…

Rep. Bollin to hold district photo contest

State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township today announced a photo contest featuring winter scenes of the 42nd District. “Livingston County is a beautiful place to live,” Rep Bollin said. “I invite all to participate in my photo contest to showcase our community over the winter months.” Submissions will be accepted via email from now…

Rep. Crawford plan to support vulnerable children approved by House

A bill introduced by state Rep. Kathy Crawford, of Novi, to better protect children by instituting sweeping changes within Michigan’s Child Protective Services was approved Thursday with overwhelming, bipartisan support by the Michigan House of Representatives. Crawford’s plan is part of a bipartisan package of bills in response to the Auditor General’s CPS performance audit…

Rep. Griffin supports plan increasing opportunities for rural broadband expansion

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, this week voted to advance a plan that would expand effective broadband services to more residents in rural Michigan. House Bill 4266 codifies legal protections for Michigan electric cooperatives to build and expand broadband networks on existing infrastructure and within existing easements. This would make it easier for co-ops…

Rep. Wentworth: Michigan House receives bipartisan criminal justice reform report

State Rep. Jason Wentworth said Michigan took a key step toward becoming a national leader in criminal justice reform this week as the Legislature received a report from the bipartisan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration. House Speaker Pro Tem Wentworth, Speaker Lee Chatfield and other state and county leaders announced the creation…

Rep. Glenn testifies on plan to better protect children in Michigan

Measure will update definition of ‘neglect’ Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, this week testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of her legislation to ensure children who are victims of neglect receive the protection they deserve. Glenn said adding the phrase “threatened harm” to the definition of “neglect” in the Child Abuse…

Exploring solutions for Michigan farmers ahead of 2020 harvesting season

By state Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township Michigan’s 2019 harvesting season was one farmers are looking to forget as they move into preparation stages for the new growing year. With record rainfall this past spring, the wet weather conditions hampered planting production – resulting in 17.3% of Michigan farmland not being farmed, according to…