Rep. Sheppard schedules ‘Sit Down with Sheppard’ dates for October

State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites residents of the 56th District to meet with him during his October in-district office hours. Times and locations are as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 10: 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Gander’s Family Restaurant, 4219 Luna Pier Road in Luna Pier. Monday, Oct. 15: 8-9 a.m. at Old 23 Grill, 3168 Lewis…

Rep. Howrylak calls for annual Ukrainian Holodomor Memorial Day in Michigan

State Rep. Martin Howrylak recently introduced legislation (HB 6416) to declare November 25th of each year as the Michigan day of remembrance of the Holodomor. Furthermore, the proposed legislation would mark the period beginning on the Sunday before that day through the following Sunday as days of remembrance in Michigan in memory of the victims…

Rep. Marino invites residents to town hall meeting

State Rep. Steve Marino welcomes all to attend a town hall meeting on Monday, Oct. 8 discussing concerns over possible PFAS contamination of drinking water and the conditions of Lake St. Clair. “The safety of our drinking water and preservation of our lakes and rivers is a high priority of mine as your state legislator,”…

Rep. Johnson announces October office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Thursday, October 18, 2018 Allegan County Colonial Kitchen 1825 142nd Ave. in Wayland 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Kent County Bob Evans 6565 Kalamazoo Ave. SE in Gaines Twp. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. “Open and honest communication with residents…

Rep. Lilly: More practical occupational licensing procedure needed at state level

The Michigan House today unanimously approved a plan authored by state Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, allowing people to receive advance notice of whether or not they will qualify for a state-issued occupational license. Under Lilly’s plan, people can apply through a state department to learn whether or not their criminal record disqualifies them…

Michigan House approves Rep. Bellino’s occupational licensing reform bill

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of moral character. Bellino’s legislation, House Bill 6113, is part of a bipartisan, five-bill plan to…

Rep. Hoitenga’s occupational licensing reform bill approved by Michigan House

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of his or her moral character. Hoitenga’s legislation, House Bill 6112, is part of a bipartisan,…

Cox legislation to safeguard rainy day fund passes House

The Michigan House today approved Rep. Laura Cox’s plan to protect taxpayers and preserve important public services in the state. The plan provides safeguards for state government’s savings account, often called the budget stabilization or “rainy day” fund. Cox’s legislation will prevent the fund from being depleted unless Michigan’s economy stops growing. “Michigan’s hard-working taxpayers…

Rep. Griffin: Legislation an important step in licensing reform

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of his or her moral character. Griffin’s legislation, House Bill 6111, is part of a bipartisan, five-bill plan…

Rep. Iden: Occupational licensing reform will alleviate burdensome restrictions

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved multiple, bipartisan plans spearheaded by state Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, giving those with criminal records a better chance in finding employment. Iden’s legislation, House Bill 6110, which is the lead bill in the package, makes it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license…

Rep. Allor measure strengthening pipeline safety standards passes House

Representative applauds agreement to replace Line 5 with tunnel State Rep. Sue Allor’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the Michigan House with bipartisan support. Allor, of Wolverine, said the safety measures included in the plan will help protect the…

New proposal offers needed remedies for open meetings act violations

The Michigan House of Representatives has introduced a plan to better protect the public and hardworking taxpayers through additional Open Meetings Act parameters. House Bill 6411, sponsored by state Reps. Martin Howrylak of Troy, Shane Hernandez of Port Huron and Jim Runestad of White Lake Township, provides for injunctive relief if a public body is…

Rep. LaFave applauds agreement to shut down, replace Line 5 in Straits

Representative votes to strengthen pipeline safety standards State Rep. Beau LaFave today said an agreement reached between the state of Michigan and Enbridge will lead to major safety enhancements along Line 5 and ensure local communities continue to have access to reliable energy resources. Under the agreement, Enbridge will permanently shut down the current segment…