House panel hears Vaupel plan removing veteran license plate fees

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today heard testimony on state Rep. Hank Vaupel’s plan eliminating the service fee for a Vietnam War specialty license plate. Vaupel’s measure is part of a bipartisan, five-bill package removing the $5 service fee for various veteran and military license plates. “Our military members are returning from…

Wakeman plan provides proper, timely burials for unclaimed decedents

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township, today testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of his plan ensuring funeral directors have the necessary authorization to provide timely and respectful dispositions for unclaimed decedents. “We’re trying to correct a misinterpretation within the formal process that determines who has the legal right to make funeral…

VanSingel plan assisting schools to enhance safety measures clears House

The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved state Rep. Scott VanSingel’s plan allowing schools to provide additional safety measures to better protect children and faculty in the event of an emergency. Under VanSingel’s proposal, schools would be allowed to seek permission from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to install temporary locking barricades…

Rep. Afendoulis announces local office hour

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township has scheduled a local office hour to meet with residents of the 73rd District. “It’s an honor to serve West Michigan in Lansing,” Rep. Afendoulis said. “I invite all to attend to share their ideas and discuss my priorities as we approach the closing weeks of session…

Farrington plan expanding military medics’ careers garners House committee approval

Measures address medical staff shortage, help veterans gain employment The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Diana Farrington’s plan allowing military medical personnel to work under the supervision of a licensed physician. Farrington’s proposal would create an avenue for honorably discharged military members transitioning into civilian life to utilize…

Student mental health is the growing challenge in our schools

By State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom When our students headed back to school in August, I had the opportunity to speak with our local school superintendents about their concerns for the upcoming school year. The discussion quickly turned to the increasing struggle teachers and administrators have with children exhibiting violent behavior or disrupting learning environments. One…

We must restore Pure Michigan funding

By Rep. Steve Marino, Chair of the House Commerce & Tourism Committee More than 200,000 jobs across Michigan are created by Michigan’s booming tourism industry, our state’s third-largest economic contributor, and we have the Pure Michigan campaign to thank for it. Across the state, and in other states as well, you can see billboards featuring…

Rep. Crawford town hall draws nearly 50 residents

State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi hosted next to 50 community members for a town hall meeting this past week to discuss upcoming changes to the state’s car insurance system. Joining Rep. Crawford was special guest Speaker Pro Tempore Jason Wentworth of Clare, who serves as chair of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car…

Rep. Johnson announces November office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, November 8th Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr 8 – 9 a.m. Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood  noon – 1 p.m.   “Open and honest communication with…

Police disarmament is a public safety hazard

By State Rep. Mike Mueller On Dec. 28, 2008, Oak Park police officer Mason Samborski was shot at point-blank range and killed by a suspect who used the officer’s own gun to murder him. Officer Samborski was a loving husband and father of a 13-month-old baby girl. His life shouldn’t have ended the way it did….

Rep. Wozniak’s juvenile justice reform plan becomes law

New law allows 17-year-olds to be sent through juvenile court system The policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan courts will soon end after a plan sponsored by state Rep. Doug Wozniak was recently signed into law. Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted…

Rep. Alexander: We can’t let the governor shatter the promise of Andy’s Place

The following column by state Rep. Julie Alexander was originally published by MLive on November 3, 2019 and is available here. In April, the Jackson County community came together to offer hope to families with loved ones battling opioid addiction. It was a day to celebrate the power and importance of public-private partnerships working together…

Rep. Calley hosts local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in two communities in November. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents on the following dates: Monday, Nov. 18 at the Barry County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Chambers, 220 W. State St. in Hastings. Individual meetings will be from 1 to 2 p.m. with a legislative update from 2…

VIDEO: Chief John Lyman’s Testimony on HB 4830

The Michigan House Appropriations Committee recently approved Rep. Andrea Schroeder’s proposal to protect local emergency response providers from unexpected fees assessed by the state. Schroeder appeared before the committee with retired Waterford Township fire chief John Lyman, who brought the important issue to Schroeder’s attention. Lyman – who served the Waterford community for 33 years…