Join Rep. Bellino at his April coffee hours

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe invites residents of Monroe and Wayne counties to join him for his monthly coffee hours on Monday, April 29. “Talking with members of our community is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job as state representative,” Rep. Bellino said. “With upcoming budget discussions and other issues facing…

Rep. Schroeder holds vaping roundtable discussion with local officials and parents

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township hosted a roundtable discussion on Thursday to discuss how best to educate people about a new Waterford Township ordinance regarding vaping. “We invited all the community stakeholders to create a common message about the new township ordinance and the dangers of vaping for kids,” Rep. Schroeder said. “It’s…

Bipartisan plan prevents surprise medical bills

State Reps. Roger Hauck (R-Mt. Pleasant) and Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park) have spearheaded legislation to protect Michigan residents from the practice of surprise medical billing. Surprise medical bills typically stem from a disagreement between a patient’s insurer and an out-of-network medical provider leaving the patient stuck with the bill. Patients often either do not have…

Rep. Leutheuser, Sen. Shirkey to be ‘baristas for a day’

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey of Clarklake will serve as guest baristas at Biggby Coffee, 210 W. Carleton Road in Hillsdale on Monday, April 29. From 9 to 11 a.m., the legislators will volunteer as part of Biggby’s first annual B Kind Day, which promotes kind acts across…

Rep. Bollin welcomes local Scouts to Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township welcomed local BSA Scouts Sam Baghdadei and Maci Ison to the Capitol on Wednesday. The representative provided an inside look at state government and discussed their Scouts program.

Rep. Vaupel’s plan protects Michigan children

State Rep. Hank Vaupel this week testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of a plan to help with health care access for children in Michigan. Vaupel’s plan allows parents involved in certain court proceedings to meet legal requirements by having their children enrolled in affordable public health care coverage programs….

Rep. Johnson reads to local students

State Rep. Steve Johnson celebrated March is Reading Month by reading to 1,187 students at 11 local schools. “It is important for young people to acquire an early appreciation for reading,” Rep. Johnson said. “It is a critical part of educational development and will impact the rest of their lives. I was thankful for the…

Rep. Kahle resolution declares April Child Abuse Prevention Month

Resolution to raise awareness of tragic abuse State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian introduced House Resolution 58 to declare this April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Michigan. The resolution encourages “all Michiganders to work to build safe communities, promote strong families, and raise healthy children by supporting those who are striving to end the…

Rep. Lightner provides inside look to two local students

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Sarah Lightner welcomed Lauren Hauler and Granville Hayworth from Springport High School to Lansing this week as part of a job shadow program. The representative gave the students an inside look at the life of a state legislator and how their state government works.

Rep. Berman bills on cryptocurrency, foreclosure advance through Michigan House

The Michigan House this week overwhelmingly approved two proposals offered by state Rep. Ryan Berman protecting those wishing to repurchase their foreclosed properties and updating the Michigan Penal Code to reflect technological advancements. House Bill 4105, part of a bipartisan package, expands the embezzlement definition within state law to include cryptocurrency to protect Michigan consumers….

Rep. LaFave: Updates to law essential as we see a rise in digital currency

Plan in bipartisan package approved in House vote A proposal from state Rep. Beau LaFave expanding criminal definition in instances where money changes hands today was approved by the Michigan House. LaFave’s legislation, House Bill 4104, does not create any new crimes or strengthen penalties. It adds to definition within the Michigan Penal Code to…

Rep. Miller receives Legislative Advocacy Award

PHOTO INFORMATION: Rep. Miller receives the Legislative Advocacy Award from the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan. Presenting the award was the Board President of SCHA-MI and Superintendent of Oakridge Public Schools, Tom Livezey, and Associate Director of SCHA-MI, Renee Edmondson.   Representative Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today was presented with the Legislative Advocacy Award by…