Rep. Wakeman plan stresses flexibility for local road repairs

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township introduced legislation today as part of a wide-ranging series of proposals giving local governments more flexibility to fund necessary road repairs. The package of bills, which are separate from ongoing budget negotiations, maintain a commitment to repair Michigan’s infrastructure and will alter state regulations in key areas to…

Chair Hernandez: Legislature moves to invest more in schools with new budget

House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez today said the Michigan Legislature is moving quickly to send a balanced budget plan to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer – continuing investments in schools and roads without tax increases. A key step was accomplished today as legislators from the House and Senate – working together in budget conference committees – advanced…

Rep. Glenn: Give local communities more flexibility with road and bridge projects

State Rep. Annette Glenn today introduced legislation giving local governments more flexibility when it comes to funding road repairs – including a measure that could assist bridge repairs and development in Bay and Midland counties. Glenn’s measure is part of a broad, ongoing commitment to help rebuild Michigan’s infrastructure. This particular bipartisan package focuses on…

Rep. Alexander plan focuses on practical updates to Michigan infrastructure

Proposal part of wide-ranging road innovation bill package A plan introduced today by state Rep. Julie Alexander encourages collaboration among state and local road agencies to ensure certain infrastructural projects are tailored to what communities need. House Bill 4971 tasks the existing Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) with evaluating roads throughout the state for “right-sizing”…

Senate committee approves Whiteford’s mental health support hotline

State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to establish a hotline to connect individuals experiencing a mental health crisis with the support they need was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee today. The hotline would be available 24 hours a day and provide access to any Michigan resident in need. Whiteford, chair of the House…

LaFave celebrates Second Amendment rights at annual capitol rally

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beau LaFave proudly exercises his Second Amendment right on the House floor in solidarity with participants of the annual Second Amendment march this week at the state Capitol. The march shows support for the Second Amendment and allows citizens to meet with their legislators to discuss gun rights issues. At the…

Rep. Paquette welcomes guests for the 9/11 memorial ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, welcomed Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey (right) and Niles Fire Department Chief Larry Lamb (left) as his guests to the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the…

Rep. Slagh welcomes guest to 9/11 memorial ceremony

  PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bradley Slagh, R-Zeeland, today welcomed Holland Fire Marshal Bret Groendyke as his guest to the Michigan House’s annual September 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty on September 11, 2001, and the…

Rep. Meerman welcomes guest for the 9/11 memorial ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville, today hosted Allendale Fire Department Chief Mike Keefe as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. ###

Rep. Whiteford welcomes guests to 9/11 memorial ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, today welcomed Chris Mantels of the Saugatuck Fire District (left) and Chris Tinney of the Holland Fire Department (right) as her guests to the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan…

Rep. Griffin welcomes guests for the 9/11 Ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today hosted Undersheriff Kevin Conklin from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department and Dawn Hinz from the South Haven Area Emergency Services Authority (SHAES) as her guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of…

Rep. Miller welcomes guests for the 9/11 memorial ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, today welcomed Sheriff Rick Behnke (left) and Capt. Tom Jacobs (right) of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department as his guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in…

Rep. O’Malley spearheads move to emphasize local control for road projects

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, today unveiled a wide-ranging, bipartisan plan to give local communities more tools in their toolbox when it comes to providing needed road repairs. The bills, which are separate from ongoing budget negotiations but a notable and increased commitment to Michigan’s infrastructure, cut red tape and…