Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: July 9, 2018

I was honored to join Congressman Mike Bishop in recognizing a local act of heroism by Howell resident Michael Rodriguez. Last July, Michael rescued a man from a sinking car that he witnessed veering into a 9-foot-deep pond when the driver experienced a medical problem. Despite viewing himself as a poor swimmer, Michael courageously swam…

Rep. Allor: Bringing home more resources to fight PFAS contamination

By state Rep. Sue Allor Michigan, like much of the nation, is dealing with the consequences of chemical contaminants left behind by decades of industrial processes and decaying consumer products. These chemicals have long, complex names such as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl – known as PFAS for short. They have been used in everything from carpeting…

Rep. Cole’s plan to prioritize asset management for roads signed into law

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to help determine how to best spend available money on roads, bridges and other parts of the transportation system has been signed into law. Cole’s plan calls for the Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) to be moved to the Michigan Infrastructure Council. The goal is to revitalize the…

Rep. Alexander proposal removing unnecessary regulation signed into law

A plan sponsored by state Rep. Julie Alexander eliminating an outdated reporting requirement in regard to Grade A Milk producers has been approved by the governor. House Bill 5996, now Public Act 301 of 2018, addresses a 2001 law that requires the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to file certain reports related…

Rep. Noble’s government cleaning initiatives signed into law

Two plans proposed by state Rep. Jeff Noble eliminating outdated sections of law in various areas have been approved by the governor. “I want what every hard-working taxpayer wants – a clean, efficient state government that strives to align with the philosophy of accountability,” said Noble, of Northville. “Removing outdated, obsolete laws eliminates unnecessary regulations…

Rep. Hornberger: New state budget protects taxpayers when K-12 schools charge tuition

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger announced she supports a new provision in Michigan’s state budget that bans K-12 public schools from receiving tuition and collecting per-pupil state taxpayer aid for the same student. “We must have a system that respects taxpayers, and eliminating this ‘double dipping’ is a step in the right direction,” said Hornberger, of…

Rep. Rendon: State budget helps northern Michigan families

By state Rep. Daire Rendon  I prioritize northern Michigan families in Crawford, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Roscommon and Ogemaw counties. Earlier this month, I voted for a state budget that addresses Michigan’s top needs and helps our great communities of northern Michigan. I supported this budget because it improves Michigan’s economic future, schools and roads. More money…

Rep. Hauck’s plans scrapping unnecessary laws signed into law

Three separate plans sponsored by state Rep. Roger Hauck removing outdated, obsolete sections of Michigan law have been approved by the governor. “There is no need for outdated, redundant regulations that serve no purpose in the lives of hard-working taxpayers,” said Hauck, of Union Township. “Every Michigander demands a clean, efficient and accountable government. Addressing…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Runestad on July 13

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, July 13. “Monthly office hours are a great way to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Runestad said. “Listening to the concerns of people in our communities is one of…

Rep. Alexander’s plan to safeguard bicyclists on Michigan roads is now law

Measure increases awareness of vulnerable roadway users in driver’s training course Legislation introduced by state Rep. Julie Alexander to include at least one hour of classroom safety instruction regarding bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians in Michigan driver’s training courses has been signed into law. “The driver’s training curriculum will focus on the awareness of bicyclists, motorcyclists,…

Rep. Griffin measure eliminates an outdated, irrelevant law

A plan removing an obsolete section of Michigan law proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, has been signed into law by the governor. Griffin’s new law removes a 1931 act that references the criminal sentencing guidelines in regard to ship officers making a false protest about a ship or its cargo with intent…

Rep. Alexander plan to help teachers signed into law

Partnering professional development with area businesses will help students Michigan’s teachers will have more localized professional development opportunities, thanks to state Rep. Julie Alexander’s legislation being signed into law. The new law, effective for the 2019-2020 school year, will bring K-12 teachers together with area job creators and post-secondary training centers to add real-world instruction…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Noble on July 11

State Rep. Jeff Noble will host an open office hour on Wednesday, July 11 from 11 a.m. to Noon at the Plymouth District Library located at 223 S. Main St. in Plymouth. “Hosting regular office hours is one of my top priorities,” Rep. Noble said. “Connecting with community members and listening to their concerns is…