COLUMN: Rep. Kahle: Damage done by governor’s budget cuts is heartbreaking

Last year, Storm Frank fought to overcome homelessness and poverty to graduate high school. Our entire community rallied around the teenager to make her dream of attending college a reality. Now, the 18-year-old freshman at Adrian College will likely be forced to drop out at the end of the semester after Gov. Whitmer vetoed funding…

Rep. Eisen plan would hold property owners liable for safety in gun-free zones

A plan introduced by state Rep. Gary Eisen would make businesses and government entities with gun-free policies liable if a shooting takes place on their grounds. Eisen, of St. Clair Township, said gun-free zones have become targets for mass shootings because criminals who have no regard for the law know that law-abiding citizens are defenseless…

Rep. Kahle announces November office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, November 8. “I‘m excited for the opportunity to connect with the people in our community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns, and working through…

Rep. O’Malley travels to Upper Peninsula, fights for flood damage funds

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, will join state Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, to meet with road commissions from Houghton and Baraga counties for a discussion on funding options to repair areas devastated by the 2018 Father’s Day Flood. “As chairman of the House Transportation Committee, I take infrastructure issues like the ones…

Rep. Schroeder to give legislative update during upcoming tele-town hall

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township invites residents to join her for a tele-town hall meeting on Thursday, Nov. 7 for a legislative update. Rep. Schroeder will be highlighting some of her legislative priorities as well as answering any questions constituents may have about policies being discussed by the Legislature. “As a public servant,…

Rep. Filler’s juvenile justice reform plan becomes law

The policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan courts will soon end after a plan spearheaded by state Rep. Graham Filler was signed into law this week. Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit the most minor…

Rep. Mueller supports changes to State Administrative Board powers

State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, has announced his support for a new common-sense framework related to the state budget – preserving some State Administrative Board powers while preventing future gubernatorial abuse of the system. The plan relates to a board recently used by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to unilaterally shift around $625 million in taxpayer…

Rep. Hauck’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 spearheaded by state Rep. Roger Hauck was signed into law today. Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted…

Rep. Berman ‘Raise the Age’ reforms signed into law

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ryan Berman to end our state’s current policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be automatically tried as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system has been signed by the governor. Michigan was one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be automatically prosecuted as adults – even those who commit…

Rep. Calley legislation to ‘Raise the Age’ signed into law

State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland attends a press conference by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announcing the signing of a bipartisan criminal justice reform package. Rep. Calley’s legislation in the package would end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults for the purposes of criminal sentencing, even for the most minor offenses.

Senate approves plan to prevent teen cough medicine abuse

A plan sponsored by state Rep. Bronna Kahle to protect teens from abusing an ingredient found in over-the-counter cough medicines was approved this Wednesday by the Michigan Senate. Dextromethorphan (DXM) is a cough suppressant used to treat common cold symptoms. While safe when used as directed, the drug can become dangerous if abused – causing…

Howell plan offers communities flexibility as they work to guard against mosquito-borne diseases

As Michigan counties across the state combat the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus, state Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) is working to give local communities more options. Howell offered testimony on Wednesday before the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee on bipartisan legislation addressing mosquito…

House approves Wozniak’s plan to support assaulted health care workers

The Michigan House of Representatives has approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Douglas Wozniak to help employees in Michigan’s health care sector recover from traumatic events in the workplace. “My wife is a nurse and my daughter is a pediatrician, so I understand the stress that health care workers face on and off duty….

Rep. Leutheuser congratulates Branch County Conservation District on DNR Grant

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale would like to congratulate the Branch County Conservation District for receiving a $22,100 Wildlife Habitat Grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. “The Branch County Conservation District has a long history of contributing to our community,” Rep. Leutheuser said. “I’m proud the DNR has recognized the Conservation District’s…