Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to first office hours of 2020

Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced upcoming office hours for residents of Wexford and Mecosta counties and part of Osceola County. Rep. Hoitenga’s office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, Jan. 31 9 to 10 a.m. at the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, 222 N Lake St. in Cadillac; 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at…

Rep. Alexander recognizes local WWII veterans at state Capitol

State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover invited World War II veterans Capt. Herb Elfring and 1st Lt. Lee Zimmerman, of Jackson, to join her on the House floor last week. Alexander invited Elfring and Zimmerman to recognize and honor their service to our county. “Our Jackson community is blessed to call Herb and Lee our…

Rep. Griffin fights for Paw Paw’s MEDC grant to be restored

State Rep. Beth Griffin announced today she will continue fighting to restore the $200,000 MEDC grant Paw Paw lost due to Governor Whitmer’s budget cuts last year. “This is a slap in the face to the people of Southwest Michigan,” Griffin said. “I will not stand idly by as the governor plays political games and…

Rep. Paquette announces January office hours

State Rep. Brad Paquette announced today he will be available to hear from members of his district on Saturday, Jan. 25. “As we begin a new year and get back to session, it is important for me to hear from the residents in our community,” Rep. Paquette said. “I rely on their input to help…

House Appropriations Committee schedules hearing into I-696/Madison Heights contamination, Detroit and Sanilac County response

WHAT: House Appropriations Committee hearing exploring state response and communication related to contamination near I-696 in Madison Heights and ownership-connected property in Sanilac County and Detroit.   WHO:   House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron, with several state and local officials invited to testify including Department of Environment, Great Lakes…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to first office hours of 2020

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his upcoming office hours for residents of the 110th District. The office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, Jan. 31 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST at Powell Township Hall, 101 Bensinger St. in Big Bay; and 2 to 3 p.m. EST at Ishpeming Township Hall, 1575 Highway US-41…

Rep. Glenn participates in Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Capitol

Lawmaker calls on U.S. Senators to stop blocking key nomination State Rep. Annette Glenn participated in a joint committee of the House Health Policy Committee and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services to bring awareness to human trafficking in Michigan. Following the hearing on Thursday, Rep. Glenn – who has one daughter and…

Rep. Schroeder announces district photo contest

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township today announced she will be hosting another district photo contest during the months of January and February. The contest will start on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and run through the end of February. Three winners will be selected on March 2. Contest winners will have their art displayed in…

Bipartisan task force on criminal justice reform finalizes its recommendations

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement after the Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration finalized its recommendations and prepared a report to the Legislature on their findings: “The state Legislature made criminal justice reforms a priority in 2019 and delivered several important changes to make Michigan a safer…

Rep. Wendzel unveils self-distribution legislation

Legislation doubles brewers’ self-distribution limit KALAMAZOO- State Rep. Pauline Wendzel unveiled legislation at the 2020 Michigan Brewer’s Guild Winter Conference and Trade Show that will significantly increase the amount of product a micro-brewery may self-distribute in the State of Michigan. “Craft beer in Michigan is a booming, billion-dollar industry that supports nearly 10,000 jobs in…

Rep. LaFave: Justice isn’t being served with ethics violations, structural flaws, and cover-ups in AG’s Office

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today issued the following statement in response to new revelations surfacing out of Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office regarding the resignation of Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej. An internal investigation determined several department employees knew of Kolodziej’s unethical sexual relationship with the victim in a sexual assault case…

Rep. Wozniak named to House Commerce and Tourism Committee

State Rep. Doug Wozniak has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve on the House Commerce and Tourism Committee in 2020. The committee typically examines legislation related to advertisers, commercial activity, consumer protection, economic development, technology, workforce issues, and other areas. Wozniak said his experience as a small business owner and practicing attorney at…

Rep. Griffin announces January office hours

Rep. Beth Griffin announced her availability today to meet with residents across the 66th district to discuss issues in the new year. “As we begin a new year and adjust to the new budget, it is important for me to hear what issues and priorities the people of Southwest Michigan care about,” Griffin said. “I…