House approves Jenkins measure to establish equity crowdfunding

Lawmaker: Bill allows Michigan residents to invest in Michigan businesses Michigan start-ups and other small business owners will find it easier to secure the financing they need to put their ideas into motion under legislation unanimously approved today in the state House, state Rep. Nancy Jenkins announced. House Bill 4996, introduced by Jenkins, establishes equity…

[UPDATE]: Rep. Daley invites residents to November office hours

Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, is hosting office hours during the month of November to give residents of the 82nd District a chance to meet with him and discuss state or local issues. The office hours in Almont are as follows: Monday, Nov. 11 Maria’s Place 141 S. Main St. Almont UPDATE: 10 – 11:30 a.m….

McCready invites residents to attend local office hours in Birmingham

State Rep. Mike McCready will be available to meet with residents of the 40th House District on Monday, Nov. 18 to discuss matters of state and local government. The lawmaker will host office hours from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Jeanne Lloyd Room of the Baldwin Library, located at 200 W. Merrill St….

Rep. Howrylak announces district office hours

Appointments not necessary to meet with lawmaker State Rep. Martin Howrylak announced today he will be holding five sets of office hours this month. Residents of the 41st District are encouraged to attend. Howrylak’s office hours will be held on the following dates and locations: Saturday, Nov. 2, at Troy Public Library, located at 510…

Capitol Notes: November 2013

Colder weather is coming, and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Nestled in between all the other holidays designed to bring family and friends together is one that both celebrates our nation’s history and reminds us to thank our veterans for their service. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, and, as the name suggests, it reminds…

Schmidt welcomes constituents to November office hours

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt is inviting residents to attend local office hours to discuss issues of local and state concern. The lawmaker will be available to meet with residents on Friday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Grand Traverse Pie Co. at 101 N Park St. in Traverse City. “I welcome hearing from…

Farrington town hall to focus on recognizing and preventing human trafficking

A special town hall in Sterling Heights will focus on providing local residents with information on recognizing and preventing human trafficking.  The event, hosted by state Rep. Jeff Farrington, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Sterling Heights Public Library Programming Center, located the 40255 Dodge Park Road. …

Rep. Yonker legislation to implement new education accreditation process

The House Education Committee this week heard testimony on legislation introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker to reform the public school accreditation process. Yonker’s bill removes the necessity for state accreditation of public schools. “We discovered that the public school accreditation through the state wasn’t effective,” said Yonker, R-Caledonia. “There were some accredited schools that were…

Rep. Yonker legislation to allow investigation of land banks

The House Local Government Committee today heard testimony on legislation introduced by Rep. Ken Yonker to create a regulatory process for land banks. House Bill 4626 gives the Department of Treasury the ability to review land bank activities to ensure that state laws are followed. The bill includes a complaint process to report land banks…

House approves Muxlow bill to clamp down on scrap metal theft

Measure now goes to the Senate for consideration The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Paul Muxlow to institute safeguards in the scrap metal industry to protect buyers and sellers of scrap materials. House Bill 4593 was approved on a 98-9 vote with strong bipartisan support. The measure specifically addresses transactions involving…

Lori, Warren commemorate anniversary of Mental Health Act

State Rep. Matt Lori, R-Constantine, and state Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, today introduced resolutions to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Act. In February, Lori and Warren were appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Mental Health and Wellness Commission and have been working since…

Top summer readers join Outman as ‘Reps for a Day’

Four students from the 70th House District joined state Rep. Rick Outman in Lansing to be “Reps for a Day” for winning summer reading contests at their local libraries. Outman, R-Six Lakes, welcomed Johnathan Guy from Tamarack District Library; Hannah Devries and Lillian Devries from Flat River Community Library; and Kiara Keyes from the Carson…

Nesbitt bill offering more transparency signed into law

Common-sense reform gives guidance to taxpayers Gov. Rick Snyder this week signed a bill introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt to help make Michigan friendlier to taxpayers and encourage more job creators to move to Michigan. The governor signed House Bill 4289, now Public Act 148, which gives taxpayers and state auditors guidance leading up…