Rep. Kahle: Senate approves plan helping Michigan residents, businesses who choose solar panels

Rep. Bronna Kahle’s plan helping families and small businesses who install solar panels on their properties is a step closer to becoming Michigan law. The state Senate today approved Kahle’s proposal providing clarity, consistency and predictability related to property taxes after the installation of clean energy systems. Her bipartisan legislation would prevent higher property taxes…

Landmark plan introduced to protect Michigan residents, curb governor’s abuse of power

House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez and Rep. Ben Frederick today offered a pair of common-sense solutions to Michigan’s ongoing budget standoff, preserving some State Administrative Board powers while preventing gubernatorial abuse of the system. The plan relates to the board Gov. Whitmer recently used to unilaterally shift $625 million in taxpayer money without oversight or…

Rep. Wozniak, committee approve bipartisan expungement plan

State Rep. Doug Wozniak and the House Judiciary Committee today voted overwhelmingly to approve a plan to expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old, low-level criminal convictions a new opportunity to start fresh. Wozniak, a member of the committee, said the innovative proposal would make Michigan a leader in…

Rep. Filler, committee approve bipartisan expungement plan

State Rep. Graham Filler and the House Judiciary Committee today voted overwhelmingly to approve a plan to expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old, low-level criminal convictions a new opportunity to start fresh. Filler, who chairs the committee, said the innovative proposal would make Michigan a leader in criminal…

Rep. VanWoerkom plan requires Legislature to submit budget by July 1

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom today introduced a plan to require the Michigan Legislature to present a budget to the governor by July 1 each year. VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, said the proposal is a good government reform that will offer more certainty for schools, local governments and other critical programs that rely on state funding…

Wozniak bill ensures families seeking adoption have the legal support they need

State Rep. Doug Wozniak has introduced a bill to correct an unintentional result of 2017 legislation preventing attorneys from legally serving people in adoption court hearings. In 2017, legislation was passed to prevent underground adoptions without court supervision. Wozniak said that through unintentional oversight, the Legislature failed to include language to protect attorneys who regularly…

Rep. Farrington plan helps military medical personnel gain valuable employment

Plan aids veterans looking for careers, addresses medical staff shortage State Rep. Diana Farrington today testified before the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee in support of her plan allowing military medical personnel to work under the supervision of a licensed physician. Under Farrington’s measure, military members who were honorably discharged and are transitioning…

Rep. Crawford hosts Michigan State Fair Scholarship winners at Capitol

State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi welcomed the 2019 Michigan State Fair Scholarship winners from across the state to the Capitol on Thursday. The Michigan State Fair promotes positive achievements in rural and urban agriculture, business and industry. This year’s winners have accomplishments in a variety of categories, such as animal/livestock, home arts, agriculture and urban/rural…

Rep. Frederick’s legislation improves access to student education advancement opportunities

State Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to improve dual enrollment access for students seeking summer education opportunities was unanimously approved by the Michigan House. Under current law, Michigan high school students are able to take approved postsecondary classes and are eligible for tuition reimbursement; however, students taking classes in the summer months are limited in reimbursement…

Rep. Schroeder announces November office hours

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder invites residents to her in-district office hours on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Clarkston Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Road in Clarkston. “I look forward to meeting local residents in the evening to discuss ways in which I can help make our community better,” Rep. Schroeder…

Rep. Alexander schedules local office hours

State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover announced district office hours in November to meet with local residents of the 64th District. “We have had a productive month in Lansing,” Rep. Alexander said. “I look forward to sharing a legislative update, and learning more about your ideas and priorities.” Office hours will be held at the…

Rep. Paquette leads bipartisan effort to support M.A.D. Teachers

State Rep. Brad Paquette today announced a bipartisan plan to bring more prestige to teachers that have made a difference in the lives of their students. Paquette’s proposal would create the Made a Difference Teacher Fund which Michigan taxpayers could voluntarily contribute to when filing their annual income tax returns. Residents would also be able…

Rep. Paquette welcomes local scholarship winner to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, welcomed Eau Claire native and graduate Olivia Jannert to the state Capitol Thursday. Jannert is a recipient of the 2019 Michigan State Fair Scholarship. She currently attends Southwest Michigan College where she is active in Collegiate Farm Bureau and desires to become a large animal veterinarian….

Rep. Whiteford announces November office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during an upcoming office hour stop next month. “Hearing and understanding your concerns is important to me,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I hope you’ll join me next month and share what’s on your mind!” Rep. Whiteford will be available Monday, Nov. 11 at the following time…