Rep. Meerman introduces bipartisan plan to improve Michigan’s expungement laws

Legislation gives reformed citizens access to better job opportunities State Rep. Luke Meerman has introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan plan to expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old, low-level criminal convictions the ability to start fresh. “Reforming Michigan’s expungement laws will allow good people to move beyond…

Rep. Wendzel to host evening office hour

State Representative Pauline Wendzel announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during an evening office hour. The coffee hour will take place on Monday, September 23rd at The Upper Deck at Silver Beach Pizza, 410 Vine St. in St. Joseph from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. “I want to meet with as many members…

Rep. Lower plan prevents public schools from claiming sanctuary status

State Rep. Jim Lower today introduced a plan to ensure Michigan schools will no longer be allowed to enact or enforce any law, rule, ordinance or policy that limits school employees from communicating with federal officials about the immigration status of community members. The bill comes in the wake of the Detroit Public Schools Community…

Resolution encourages moose hunt on Isle Royale

State Rep. Steve Johnson recently introduced a resolution calling on the National Park Service to establish a moose tag lottery hunt on Isle Royale, in order to help control the island’s exploding population. Isle Royale is a remote island in Lake Superior that is home to a moose population that has grown from just 515…

Rep. Griffin sets in-district office hours for September

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during scheduled office hours across her district. “I’m working diligently with my colleagues to pass a fiscally responsible budget, investing in priorities like education and roads,” Griffin said. “If you have questions regarding the budget process or anything else that may be…

OPINION: Patriot Week is symbolic to what America is all about

Mid-September covers a lot of ground in terms of the history of our great nation. Every year as we approach Sept. 11, we sometimes see pictures on television and across social media of the World Trade Center towers still intact and commanding the New York City skyline before the events that transpired in 2001. They…

Rep. Crawford announces September office hours

State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi will host district office hours on Monday, Sept. 23 starting at 11 a.m. at the Walled Lake Public Library, 1499 East W. Maple Road in Walled Lake. “I’m always grateful for the opportunity to connect with the people in our community and hear their ideas regarding state government,” Rep….

Rep. Paquette to hold tele-town hall on auto insurance

State Rep. Brad Paquette invites residents to join him for a tele-town hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18 to learn about and discuss the upcoming changes to the state’s car insurance system. Joining Paquette as a special guest will be Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare, who serves as chair of the House Select Committee on…

Rep. Kahle hosts Lenawee County first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony

State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian hosted first responders from Lenawee County on Wednesday for the Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the State Capitol. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and military members who died in the line of duty during the past year. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Clinton Police Chief Tony Cuevas, Lenawee County…

Rep. Griffin honored as Legislator of the Year by Michigan Manufacturers Association

PICTURED FROM LEFT: Delaney McKinley, MMA Senior Director of Government Affairs & Membership; Representative Beth Griffin; Chuck Hadden, MMA President & CEO; Brianna Mills, MMA Director of Political & Strategic Partnerships State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, was recently honored as the 2019 Michigan Manufacturers Association’s (MMA) Legislator of the Year for working to pass…

Rep. Annette Glenn to host Aland Stamps of River Jordan Inc. on ‘Hometown Heroes’

The latest episode of Rep. Annette Glenn’s ‘Hometown Heroes’, a series highlighting local leaders and non-profit volunteers, will feature Aland Stamps of River Jordan Inc. Stamps founded River Jordan Inc. with the goal of providing youth moving out of Michigan’s foster care system with transitional services such as job and interview coaching, financial literacy lessons,…

Rep. Hauck to hold tele-town hall on auto insurance

State Rep. Roger Hauck invites residents to join him for a tele-town hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18 to learn about and discuss the upcoming changes to the state’s car insurance system. Joining Hauck as a special guest will be Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare, who serves as chair of the House Select Committee on…