Rep. Hauck sets local office hours

State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township announced his office hours for the month of June. The representative will be available Friday, June 22 at the following times and locations: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Leah’s Korner Kafe, 300 E. Railway St. in Coleman; 11 a.m. to noon at the Lake Isabella Village Office, 1010…

LaSata introduces “Green Alert” to help at-risk veterans

State Rep. Kim LaSata, R- Bainbridge Township, last week introduced legislation to ensure the public has timely information regarding missing or at-risk veterans near their area. “Our military adheres to a ‘no man left behind’ code on the battlefield. It should be no different when those service members are back home.” LaSata said. “Our veterans…

Rep. LaFave working to ensure residents get needed resources during flooding

Gov. Rick Snyder declares a state of disaster for U.P. counties State Rep. Beau LaFave today commended Gov. Rick Snyder for declaring Menominee and Houghton counties a state of disaster and vowed to continue working with the emergency manager and local officials to ensure the necessary resources are getting to all residents impacted by the…

Rep. LaSata: State record funding will help our schools

Legislator played key role in K-12 and college campus safety efforts  State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, today announced her strong support of a state-record school aid budget, among several other key items she emphasized during the 2018-19 budget process. “Record-high resources will help benefit struggling schools and allow already successful schools to flourish,”…

Rep. Runestad honors 50th anniversary of Michigan’s district court system

House Resolution 367 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Michigan District Court system passed the Michigan House. The resolution was offered by Rep. Jim Runestad, members of the House Judiciary Committee and House members of the state bar. The resolution states, “In its first 50 years, the Michigan District Court system has proven to be…

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during regularly scheduled local office hours this June. “Engaging with residents in a casual setting is a great way to foster dialog and share ideas,” Griffin said. “I look forward to having discussions with people in the community and sharing with…

Rep. Bellino: State budget will help Monroe performing arts center

A Monroe performing arts center will benefit from the new state budget, Rep. Joe Bellino said. Bellino successfully secured final legislative approval of $73,000 for the River Raisin Centre for the Arts in the new state budget. The money is allocated for maintenance. “The RRCA is the ‘Arts Heart’ of Monroe,” Bellino said. “It is…

Rep. Bellino: State money lined up to support Monroe community center

A Monroe community center is set to receive $100,000 in state support, thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Joe Bellino. The money will support the Arthur Lesow Community Center. Bellino helped secure the funding as part of a state budget bill recently approved by the Michigan Legislature. The center — established in the early…

Rep. Kahle plan approved by Legislature, will add skilled trade teachers to Michigan’s classrooms

Bipartisan legislation will expand career instruction in K-12 classrooms The state Legislature on Tuesday approved state Rep. Bronna Kahle’s plan to expand professional trade instruction to benefit high school students. Kahle’s legislation – House Bill 5141 – will permit schools to hire professional trade instructors to teach classes that align with their expertise in which…

House approves Rep. Noble’s plan to create the Innovative Transportation Grant Fund

Measure continues House effort to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads The state House this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jeff Noble to create the Innovative Transportation Grant Fund to help fix Michigan roads. “There are many local road agencies that want to test alternative materials, but lack the resources,” said Noble, of Northville. “This…

House approves Rep. Albert plan allowing qualified zoos to breed large carnivores

State Rep. Thomas Albert’s plan establishing strong standards for the breeding of large carnivores in Michigan was approved this week in the Michigan House. Albert, of Lowell, said the legislation promotes conservation while making the safety of zoo visitors and animals a top priority. “Breeding programs play a critical role in the education and conservation…

Rep. Yaroch visits local school to answer student letters

State Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond visited Ms. Vogel’s eighth grade class at Seneca Middle School in Macomb Township to answer questions about state government. Several students sent him letters on various topics including education, election laws, and the role of a state representative. Rep. Yaroch chose to address them in person by visiting the…

House approves Rep. Sheppard’s plan to create the Innovative Transportation Fund

The state House this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard to create the Innovative Transportation Fund to help fix Michigan roads. The Innovative Transportation Fund within the State Trunkline Fund specifies the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to administer funds and allows individuals to submit ideas for improving construction methods or improved…