State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Sept. 30, 2018

This week, I supported a package of bills with my Michigan House colleagues to protect the Great Lakes by strengthening safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. We must protect our waters from the threat of spills, and the Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability action plan will help do that. The legislation clearly…

Rep. Wentworth’s plan to jumpstart rural economy gains House approval

Measure aims to boost job creation in small towns State Rep. Jason Wentworth’s plan to help small businesses in rural areas of Michigan was recently approved by the Michigan House with bipartisan support. Wentworth, of Clare, said the Rural Jobs Act aims to give small job creators in counties with populations of 200,000 or less…

Rep. Calley hosts local office hours Oct. 22

State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her office hours in two communities on Oct. 22. Calley, of Portland, will present a legislative update and then meet with residents one-on-one if they have individual concerns at the following locations and times: Campbell Township Hall, 331 S. Main St. in Clarksville, from 10 to 11…

Want a Michigan fall travel guide? Contact Rep. Leutheuser

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser is offering area residents a taste of Pure Michigan – just in time for the autumn color tour. The Pure Michigan 2018 Fall Travel guide is available by emailing ericleutheuser@house.mi.gov or calling the legislator’s office at (517) 373-1794. Leave your mailing address and the free 80-plus page guide will be on…

Rep. Howrylak presents resident with Columbus Day Honoree award

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, (right) Thursday presented Pino Marelli, of Troy, with a special tribute recognizing him as the recipient of The Ramo Salerno Columbus Day 2018 Honoree award. The award is given to those who have had success enriching the Italian American community in Michigan. Marelli began his own music,…

Legislators declare October 18 as American Middle East Christian Day

Resolution establishing American Middle East Christian Day in Michigan passes state House The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan resolution offered by state Reps. Jim Runestad, Martin Howrylak, Klint Kesto and 42 other House members declaring Oct. 18 as American Middle East Christian Day in Michigan. The resolution was prepared in coordination with the American…

Rep. Lucido welcomes summer reading contest winners to the Capitol

State Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, today honored two special guests chosen to join the lawmaker for Representative for a Day. Henry and Jackson Bright, both students at Monfort Elementary School in Shelby Township, were selected as the winners of Rep. Lucido’s summer reading contest. Henry and Jackson were sworn in as honorary state…

Rep. Farrington: Pilot program will help veterans looking for jobs, address medical staff shortage

The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today approved state Rep. Diana Farrington’s plan creating a pilot program allowing military medical personnel to practice under the supervision of a licensed physician. Under Farrington’s plan, military members who were honorably discharged and are transitioning into civilian life will be able to utilize the skills they learned…

Rep. Albert: Ionia County Veteran’s Resource Fair is just around the corner

State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, encourages local veterans and military members to attend the upcoming Veterans’ Resource Fair to receive information about certain services and resources available in Ionia County. The fair will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, and run from 9 a.m.-1p.m. at the VFW of Belding, located at 114 North Bridge Street…

Rep. Lauwers plan allows Michigan farmers to grow industrial hemp

Domestic production of hemp returning to the United States Michigan farmers could soon have the opportunity to expand into the industrial hemp market under a plan spearheaded by state Rep. Dan Lauwers and approved today in the Michigan House. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the hemp industry holds strong potential to improve local economies across…

Rep. VanderWall announces October coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for October coffee hours. “Holding coffee hours every month provides an opportunity to inform the community on what is going on in Lansing and answer their questions regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall will…

Rep. LaSata: End of driver responsibility fees brings relief to local drivers

State Rep. Kim LaSata today said the new law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan took effect this week, bringing relief to hundreds of thousands of motorists. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, voted for the plan, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full…

Rep. Hernandez Receives Guardian of Small Business Award

LANSING – Today State Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) was awarded the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award by Michigan Chapter President Charlie Owens. Hernandez, a freshman legislator who was named the “most conservative” member of the Michigan House of Representatives for 2017 by MIRS news said that he is…