Rep. Lightner announces local office hours

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport has scheduled office hours for the month of November to meet with residents of the 65th District. “We’ve had a productive month is Lansing,” Rep. Lightner said. “I look forward to sharing legislative updates, and I welcome all to attend and share their priorities with me.” Office hours are…

Rep. Schroeder, former Waterford Township fire chief partner on plan protecting emergency services

The Michigan House Appropriations Committee this week approved Rep. Andrea Schroeder’s proposal to protect local emergency response providers from unexpected fees assessed by the state. Schroeder appeared before the committee with retired Waterford Township fire chief John Lyman, who brought the important issue to Schroeder’s attention. Lyman – who served the Waterford community for 33…

Rep. Iden leads state House approval of sports betting, online gaming protections for Michigan residents

Rep. Brandt Iden today led the Michigan House in approving important consumer protections and modernization of Michigan’s gaming laws to incorporate sports betting and evolving online and mobile technology. The bipartisan House vote is a significant step forward for the plan which would benefit Michigan’s economy, create important revenue streams for K-12 schools and local…

Rep. Albert hears testimony about Ionia community corrections program

Local officials appear before House Corrections Subcommittee State Rep. Thomas Albert, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, today held a hearing to gather input from community correction programs across Michigan, including officials from Ionia County. “Community Corrections Advisory Boards play a critical role in reducing recidivism and addressing public safety concerns from a…

Rep. Maddock proposal offers flexibility for drivers renewing licenses, registration

State Rep. Matt Maddock, of Milford, this week introduced legislation allowing people more peace of mind when it comes to renewing driver’s licenses and registration for their vehicles. House Bill 5171 will allow financial institutions to perform such tasks. Maddock, who chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee related to transportation, pointed to long waiting times at…

Michigan House approves Rep. Hall’s plan to permit sports betting

The state House today approved Rep. Matt Hall’s plan to permit sports wagering in Michigan with important consumer protections. The bipartisan House vote is a significant step forward for the plan, which would benefit Michigan communities through revenue for local public services and schools. “Everyone knows thousands of Michigan residents already bet on sports every…

Rep. Webber: Legalization of fantasy sports closer to reality

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved a pair of proposals sponsored by state Rep. Michael Webber legalizing participation in fantasy sports contests and permitting sports betting in Michigan. Webber’s measures are part of a wide-ranging bipartisan plan updating the way gaming is conducted and regulated statewide. Current state law is silent as to whether…

Michigan squarely in the saddle with Vaupel’s modernized gaming reforms

House advances proposal to increase revenue, boost agricultural industry The Michigan House of Representatives today approved state Rep. Hank Vaupel’s plan allowing people to use updated technologies for wagering on horse racing, further helping the state’s agricultural industry. Vaupel’s measure is part of a wide-ranging bipartisan plan updating the way gaming is conducted and regulated…

Rep. Sheppard announces November district hours

State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites residents to meet with him at his upcoming November district hours. Rep. Sheppard will meet with residents at the following times and locations: Monday, Nov. 5 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Dena’s Family Restaurant, 15391 S. Dixie Hwy. in Monroe; and Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 8:30 to…

Macomb County legislators supportive of changes to State Administrative Board powers

“Good government” practice protects voices of Michigan residents State Reps. Diana Farrington, of Utica, and Douglas Wozniak, of Shelby Township, today backed 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…

Wakeman backs plan protecting Saginaw County families, curtailing governor’s power grab

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman today expressed his support for a pair of common-sense solutions to Michigan’s ongoing state budget standoff, preserving some State Administrative Board powers while preventing executive abuse of the system. The plan relates to the board Gov. Whitmer recently used to unilaterally shift around $625 million in taxpayer money without legislative oversight…

Rep. Hoitenga: Abuses of power have dire consequences for people in Northern Michigan

Legislator backs plan limiting State Administrative Board abilities State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today lent 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 regardless of who holds the governor’s office. The plan relates to a board…

Rep. VanWoerkom invites residents to town hall meeting on senior issues

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, will host a town hall meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 to discuss issues affecting senior citizens. “Our aging population faces a number of important issues such as elder abuse, long-term health care, nutrition, elder rights and more,” Rep. VanWoerkom said. “It is important to have discussions about these…

Rep. Markkanen announces Wildlife Habitat Grant Program recipients

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced today that Keweenaw, Baraga, and Ontonagon counties will receive grants from the Wildlife Habitat Grant Program through the Department of Natural Resources. Copper Country Chapter of American Woodcock Society will receive $16,400 to use in Keweenaw County and Sustainable Resources Institute will receive $138,600 to use in Baraga,…