Rep. Wentworth named Legislator of the Year by Michigan organization

State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, this week was honored as Legislator of the Year Award among state representatives and senators by the Small Business Association of Michigan. “I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the Small Business Association of Michigan for Legislator of the Year,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “We share many…

Microgrid legislation receives diverse support at House Energy Committee

LANSING – At a House Energy Committee meeting on Wednesday, a broad, bipartisan lineup of organizations– including engineers, officials from the City of Grand Rapids, former military officials and energy experts–expressed support for House Bill 4477. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) would allow for the use of microgrids for critical facilities,…

Rep. O’Malley discusses roads at first Facebook Live town hall meeting

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, participated in the Michigan Legislature’s first-ever Facebook Live town hall event to discuss road funding and the future of Michigan’s infrastructure. Rep. O’Malley was a special guest of Rep. Andrea Schroeder, who sponsored the event. O’Malley answered multiple questions from the live feed on Facebook that has reached…

Athletic press box debate heats up with proposal supported by Rep. Kahle

Advancing legislation addresses facility requirements The Michigan House this week approved legislation championed by state Rep. Bronna Kahle to exempt outside viewing areas such as athletic field press boxes, from unnecessary heating requirements – saving school districts across the state from increased construction costs. Kahle, of Adrian, cast her vote to remove the state construction…

Rep. Green approves plan to help farmers devastated by record rain

The Michigan House and Rep. Phil Green today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain. The plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state. “Many farmers have been affected by the record rain this…

Rep. Griffin, Michigan House approve plan to help farmers devastated by record rain

The Michigan House and Rep. Griffin today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain. The plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state. “Michigan’s record rainfall has devastated farmers and agribusinesses this year,” said…

Rep. Miller welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, welcomed local Pastor Terry Cropper (middle) from Bethel Baptist Church in Three Rivers to the state Capitol to lead Wednesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Joining them at…