Rep. Wentworth’s county veteran fund becomes a law

A $2.1 million grant program proposed by state Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices was signed into law Monday by the governor. Under the new law, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000. To continue receiving the grant, an…

Rep. Kahle bill to attract skilled trade teachers signed into law

State Rep. Bronna Kahle today announced her legislation to expand professional trade and career-oriented instruction has been signed into law. Kahle’s new law, as a part of a four-bill bipartisan measure, will permit schools to hire skilled trade instructors to teach career technical education classes tied to their professional expertise where they have a license…

Rep. Yaroch creates flexibility to spend salvage fees on police protection

Legislator sees plan as example of government working for the people A proposal introduced by state Rep. Jeff Yaroch addressing how money collected from salvaged vehicle inspection fees is distributed has been signed by the governor. Salvaged vehicles are reconstructed vehicles that once had sustained major damage and were deemed a total loss, which signifies…

Rep. Hoitenga bill will help human trafficking victims

Legislator’s plan forces criminals to pay for survivors’ services State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today detailed her legislation as part of a bipartisan effort to provide added legal protections and assistance to human trafficking survivors. Hoitenga’s measure would create a human trafficking assistance fund financed by Michigan’s convicted criminals, in the form of fines…

Speaker Leonard on the Janus decision

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement on the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in the case Janus v. AFSCME:   “No one should ever be forced to join a political group against their will. Our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of association are…

Iden plan to expand internship opportunities becomes law

Bill secures school funding while high school students get on-the-job training State Rep. Brandt Iden’s legislation to help increase professional skills opportunities for high school students in now law. Rep. Iden’s bill and its partner legislation allows students to participate in an off-campus internship or a work experience program for school credit. “Work and internship…

Rep. Alexander announces July office hours

State Rep. Julie Alexander will sponsor office hours in Jackson throughout the month of July at the Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson. Office hours will take place on the following dates and times; ·       Friday, July 13 from 1 to 2 p.m., ·       Monday, July 23 from 5 to 6…

COLUMN: New state spending plan makes smart investments in Michigan schools

Ultimately, Michigan can’t succeed without healthy schools. Building a better future for our state requires smart, sensible investments in education to prepare our children and grandchildren for success. As a former teacher now serving in the Michigan House, I’m proud to say the $14.8 billion K-12 school budget the Legislature adopted last week is the…

Rep. Frederick’s plan to assist brownfield redevelopment in Shiawassee County, statewide signed into law

Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to assist cleanup efforts at blighted industrial sites across Michigan – including one in Shiawassee County – was recently signed into state law. Frederick’s measure expands and updates brownfield redevelopment law to help ensure appropriate cleanup of abandoned sites in rural areas. The removal of manufacturing byproducts left on a site…

Rep. VanderWall-supported law gives high school students credit for internships

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today announced a new state law will allow high school students to earn course credit for completing an internship or work-study program, citing the need for expanding education beyond the classroom. “We have to give our state’s future generations more opportunities to learn and gain real-world experience, not just expect success…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: June 25, 2018

The Michigan Department of Education announced the Library of Michigan is one of only four state library agencies to be selected for NASA@ My Library, a nationwide science-technology initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education. Collaborating with…

Rep. Kahle welcomes Lincoln Elementary students to state Capitol

State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian welcomed third and fourth-grade students from Lincoln Elementary School for a tour of the state Capitol. Rep. Kahle was excited to meet with the students and brought them to the House floor. “I enjoy seeing young people take interest in their state government.” Rep. Kahle said. “It was a…

Rep. Calley hosts summer reading contest for area kids

State Rep. Julie Calley announced today she is sponsoring a summer reading contest for children first through fifth grade in Barry and Ionia counties. Rep. Calley, of Portland, has teamed up with several libraries in the area for the contest. Children are encouraged to read as many books as they can through August. The titles…