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. “I love meeting with residents from West Michigan,” Rep. Afendoulis said. “I invite all to attend to discuss my legislative priorities for 2020.” The office hour will be held on Friday, Jan. 17…

Defend the Guard Act introduced

State Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced the Defend the Guard Act, which would require Congress to declare war as required under the U.S. Constitution before Michigan National Guard troops could be deployed to a warzone. “This is not an anti-war or pro-war bill but rather a simple requirement for Congress to do their job for once,”…

Rep. Bollin participates in Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Capitol

State Rep. Ann Bollin today participated in a joint committee of the House Health Policy Committee and the House Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services to bring awareness to human trafficking in Michigan. Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form…

Rep. Whiteford hosts Human Trafficking Awareness Day

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, chair of the House Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services, today hosted a joint meeting with the House Health Policy Committee to increase awareness for human trafficking in Michigan. Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form…

Rep. Johnson announces January office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, January 6th, 2020 Allegan County Dorr Township Library 1804 Sunset Dr. in Dorr 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. “Open and honest communication…

Vaupel, committee help raise awareness for human trafficking in Michigan

State Rep. Hank Vaupel, chair of the House Health Policy Committee, today participated in a joint committee with the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services to increase awareness about human trafficking in Michigan. Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form…

Rep. Farrington appointed to House Families, Children and Seniors Committee

State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as a member of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee. The committee is responsible for issues and legislation pertaining to the state’s population of children and seniors. Further, the preservation of the family, and streamlining the social service programs….

Rep Allor: Governor wrong to point finger at Republicans for her slimy situation

The green ooze pollution crisis in Oakland County wasn’t the only slimy situation Michiganders were hit with last week. As details of the situation emerged, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer decided to blame the Republican-led Legislature. Without evidence, she claims no monitoring was done because the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy wasn’t given the…

Rep. Mueller appointed vice chair of House Agriculture Committee

State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, was today appointed by House Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as vice chair of the Agriculture Committee. A retired Livingston County Sheriff’s deputy, Mueller now runs Mueller’s Orchard and Cider Mill, which has been in business since 1941. He also operates a wedding and event site on the orchard…

Rep. Miller announces local office hours for January

Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, announced today he will be hosting local office hours in January to meet and discuss important issues with members of his district. “Hearing from the people I represent is an important part of my job,” Miller said. “Input from residents is at the front of my mind as we get…

Rep. Meerman joins influential Michigan House Ways and Means Committee

State Rep. Luke Meerman of Coopersville will serve on the House Ways and Means Committee for 2020, providing a unique opportunity to advance a wide range of reforms benefitting Ottawa County and the entire state of Michigan. Updated committee appointments were announced today by House Speaker Lee Chatfield. The Ways and Means Committee is one…

Rep. Markkanen named to House Local Government Committee

State Rep. Greg Markkanen has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve on the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee in 2020. The committee typically handles municipal government issues related to budgeting, financial liabilities, zoning, local authority, public safety and planning. Markkanen, of Hancock, said his previous experience serving on the Hancock City…

Rep. Wozniak plan would improve mental competency exam process

State Rep. Doug Wozniak today introduced a plan to help address the backlog of criminal cases waiting evaluation at the state forensic center and help local law enforcement access alternative options when the state is unable to complete a mental competency exam in a timely manner. Wozniak, of Shelby Township, said criminal cases involving defendant…