Rep. Rendon honors Boy Scouts of America

State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City recognizes and wants to congratulate the Boy Scouts of America for 109 years of scouting. On February 8, 1910, papers incorporating the Boy Scouts of America were signed and this day became the date celebrated as the official birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. “The Boy Scouts…

Rep. Wakeman to host local office hours

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours on Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 18 to meet with local residents of the 94th District. “As your voice in Lansing, I want to hear from you,” Rep. Wakeman said. “I am determined to remain accessible and accountable, and this is a…

Rep. Afendoulis announces local office hours

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township announced her first set of in-district office hours for 2019. “One of my top priorities as your representative in Lansing is to be open and accessible to you,” Afendoulis said. “Holding regular office hours is a great way to hear your thoughts and ideas on state government,…

Rep. Rendon helps launch bipartisan effort to ‘Raise the Age’

Reform plan treats 17-year-olds as minors in court system State Rep. Daire Rendon has introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan plan to transform the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Michigan is one of just four states to automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults when they’re accused of breaking the law. Rendon…

Rep. Eisen: Governor must respect division of powers

State Rep. Gary Eisen today supported a resolution blocking a power grab by Michigan’s new governor that overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature. Eisen, of St. Clair Township, said a recent executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is an after-the-fact veto of a law passed by the legislature…

Albert, Outman: Michigan must do more to prevent youth e-cigarette usage

Plan would ban sale of e-cigs to minors, make state a healthier place   State Rep. Thomas Albert and state Sen. Rick Outman today unveiled a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well as possession by individuals under 18. “Simply put, the long-term health effects of vaping are endangering our kids,”…

Rep. Reilly reintroduces measure to give schools more flexibility in testing

State Representative John Reilly, of Oakland Township, has reintroduced a bipartisan measure he sponsored last term to allow local school districts to opt out of certain standardized testing. “The multitude of federal and state assessments for each grade, especially in high school, are burdensome to our school districts,” Reilly said. “In the 11th grade alone,…

Rep. Rendon plan adds warning labels to marijuana products sold in Michigan

State Rep. Daire Rendon has introduced a plan to warn expectant and breastfeeding mothers of the harmful effects marijuana use can have on babies. Rendon, of Lake City, said preliminary research indicates marijuana is able to reach babies in the womb, resulting in low birth weight and harming brain development. For this reason, both the…

Rep. Miller sets local office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis announced he will hold in-district office hours on Monday, Feb. 18 at the following times and locations: 6 to 7:30 a.m. at Rachael’s, 300 E. Chicago Rd. in White Pigeon; 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Yoder’s Country Market, 375 Eleanor Dr. in Centreville; 10 to 11 a.m. at L.A’s…

Rep. Griffin announces in-district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during scheduled office hours across her district. “I look forward to sitting down and hearing directly from people in my community,” Griffin said. “I encourage anyone with ideas, concerns, or input to attend!” Rep. Griffin will be available Monday, Feb. 18 at…

Rep. VanWoerkom announces in-district office hours

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, recently announced several dates through February and March where he will meet with Muskegon County residents during scheduled office hours. “I want to learn from constituents about the issues that are important to them,” VanWoerkom said. “By announcing dates and times now, I am seeking to give residents…

Bipartisan legislation would end birth certificate discrimination

Today, State Reps. Steve Johnson and Vanessa Guerra introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure individuals are charged the same amount to receive a copy of their birth records regardless of the marital status of their parents when they were born. Currently, anyone who was born before October 1, 1978 to unmarried parents does not have their…

Rep. Johnson announces February office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Monday, February 25, 2019 Kent County Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Dorr 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Kent County Russ’ 6444 Division Ave. S in Gaines 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. “Open and honest communication with residents…

Rep. Mueller sets local office hours

State Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden will host local office hours on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holly Township Library, 1116 N. Saginaw St. in Holly. “This is a great opportunity to sit down with residents of our community to discuss their priorities and any questions they have,” Mueller said….

Rep. Lower resolution prevents governor’s abuse of power

Executive power grab would eliminate three important panels State Rep. Jim Lower took action this week to block a power grab from the new governor that overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said a recent executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would have eliminated…