Rep. Cole’s bill to allow snow plow drivers to use amber lights signed into law

Measure increases roadway safety for Michigan drivers Legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to give snow plow drivers the flexibility to display flashing amber lights while actively plowing has been signed into law. Cole said private plow trucks will have the ability to use their flashing amber lights to safely alert motorists when they…

Rep. Allor announces October office hours

State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today invited people to sit down with her during office hours this month in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties. “Meeting face-to-face with residents helps me better serve our district,” Allor said. “I encourage people to attend, share their concerns and ask questions.” Allor will be available…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Oct. 7, 2018

I want to thank Sam Champagne, House policy committee advisor of the House Health Policy Committee, for his service in assisting with legislation. Sam Champagne was presented a tribute for his work and dedication to the Michigan House.  He is leaving for a position in the private sector, and we wish him well on his…

Rep. Calley welcomes winners of summer reading contest to state Capitol

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomed four students and their families to the Capitol to be junior representatives for a day and experience the life of a Michigan state representative. Local students entered the contest by reading books over the summer, filling out a bookmark with their name and the list of books that they read,…

Rep. Cole attends bill signing for legislation consolidating several permits into one

Measure simplifies the permitting process for transporting equipment State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, recently joined Gov. Rick Snyder for the ceremonial signing of his bill to simplify the permitting process for vehicles that routinely transport equipment, consolidating several permits into one. House Bill 4644 is Public Act 17 of 2018. Pictured from left to…

Rep. Runestad: Local communities awarded water system protection grants

State Rep. Jim Runestad today announced the communities of Milford and White Lake Township have each been awarded grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to safeguard their public water supply systems. Milford has been awarded $5,500 and White Lake Township will receive $5,250 from the Source Water Protection Grant Program. Runestad, of White…

Rep. Kesto lays groundwork for needed provisions within trust law

A proposal from state Rep. Klint Kesto providing clear and concise updates addressing state trust laws was recently approved by the House Law and Justice Committee. Trusts are created to hold, manage and distribute property – such as estate planning to distribute assets to beneficiaries. Kesto’s bill, House Bill 6129, amends the Michigan Trust Code…

Rep. Johnson plan allowing CBD oil in Michigan receives House approval

State Rep. Steven Johnson’s plan allowing people to use and possess CBD oil in Michigan has been approved by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Johnson said CBD oil, or cannabidiol, is not marijuana and a medical marijuana card should not be required to purchase, use or possess it in Michigan, as the Department…

Rep. Howrylak to host consumer education event on Oct. 19

State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, is partnering with the Michigan attorney general’s office to host a consumer education event open to the public this month. The event starts at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Hunter Community Center, located at 509 Fisher Ct. in Clawson. The presentation will highlight how to navigate the home…

Rep. Howrylak announces October in-district office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of October. Office hours will take place at the following times and locations: Saturday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Troy Library, 510 W Big Beaver Rd. in Troy; and Monday, Oct. 22, from…

Rep. Lucido welcomes residents to Lake St. Clair Water-Quality Town Hall

State Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, recently welcomed hundreds of local residents to a town hall meeting to discuss concerns over water quality in Lake St. Clair, its tributaries and watershed, as well as possible PFAS contamination in drinking water. Those invited to speak included federal, state, and local government officials; representatives from Selfridge…

Hornberger advocates for equal allocation of CTE programs

Lawmaker: Traditional, charter, nonpublic schools should be treated equally A bill introduced by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township requiring the equal allocation of career technical education (CTE) programs for all traditional, charter and nonpublic schools in Michigan was approved by the House Education Reform Committee. “CTE programs are so valuable to paving a…

Rep. Howell testifies on his proposal to ensure access to road funding

State Rep. Gary Howell recently testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his proposal to allow counties, cities and villages to legally utilize funds from the State Infrastructure Bank in order to fix Michigan roads. Howell said his proposal will ensure local road agencies are given the proper authority to borrow…

Rep. Calley backs plan to support job creators in rural communities

Measure boosting job creation in small towns passes House A plan co-sponsored by state Rep. Julie Calley to help small businesses invest in rural areas was approved last week by the Michigan House with bipartisan support. Calley, of Portland, said the Rural Jobs Act aims to give small job creators in counties with populations of…

Rep. Alexander invites residents to October office hours

State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover has scheduled more local office hours for the month of October. “I believe in remaining accountable and accessible,” Alexander said.  “That is why I host local office hours every month. I welcome the opportunity to listen to you, our friends and neighbors.” Rep. Alexander will hold office hours at…