Kesto bill cuts regulatory costs of immigration clerical assistants

Measure maintains legal protection against scammers State Rep. Klint Kesto today introduced a bill to remove unnecessary regulations on Michigan’s immigration clerical assistants, saving the state hundreds of thousands of dollars, while at the same time increasing the amount of civil damages imposed on those who attempt to swindle immigrants. House Bill 4528 reforms the…

McMillin, Caswell bills provide guidelines for indigent defense

Measures ensure justice is fairly distributed in state State Rep. Tom McMillin and state Sen. Bruce Caswell today introduced legislation to establish the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) to ensure that all, including poorer citizens, have access to competent and independent legal counsel in criminal cases. The MIDC created with House Bill 4529 and Senate…

House OKs Lori bills to allow tax return donations for Alzheimer’s research

Measure now goes to Senate for consideration The House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Matt Lori allowing Michigan residents to contribute part of their tax returns to the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association Fund. House Bills 4081 and 4082 add the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association Fund to the list of organizations where contributions may…

Rep. Callton to host transportation funding town hall

State Rep. Mike Callton is inviting area residents to attend a town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 17 to discuss the condition of local roads, as well as the options state government is considering for funding improvements. Callton, R-Nashville, will be joined at the event by Brad Lamberg, who is managing director of the Barry…

Price to hold local office hours April 15

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Park Township on Monday, April 15 to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at the Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m. Residents are welcome to stop by as their schedules…

LaFontaine BAC bill heads for Senate approval

Legislation authored by state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine that will prevent a scheduled change in the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level for Michigan drivers was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, clearing the way for it to head to the Senate floor for a vote of the full chamber. LaFontaine’s House Bill…

Bumstead hosting college savings workshop April 19 in Fremont

State Rep. Jon Bumstead is hosting a college savings workshop in Fremont on Friday, April 19 to educate local residents about programs to help make college affordable. The event will start at 6 p.m. in multimedia room ABC at the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency, located at 4747 West 48th St. in Fremont. “Planning…

Bumstead hosting college savings workshop April 18 in Shelby

State Rep. Jon Bumstead is hosting a college savings workshop in Shelby on Thursday, April 18 to educate local residents about programs to help make college affordable. The event will start at 6 p.m. at the Shelby High School Auditorium, located at 641 N. State St. “Planning for your children’s college education early can make…

Rep. Cotter introduces bill to prohibit online lottery expansion

State Rep. Kevin Cotter today introduced legislation that will prohibit the Michigan Lottery from allowing the purchase and play of lottery games over the Internet. The Michigan Lottery currently is taking bids for a system that would allow for the sale of all Michigan Lottery games including Club Keno and scratch off games, over the…

House committee approves bill protecting rights of Michigan citizens

McMillin measure now goes to full House for consideration The House Oversight Committee today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Tom McMillin exempting Michigan citizens from participating in the arrest and detention of people by the federal government without due process. House Bill 4138 prohibits state agencies and their employees, including the Michigan National…

Rep. Graves’ resolution declares April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Michigan House today approved a resolution sponsored by State Rep. Joseph Graves declaring April 2013 as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the state of Michigan. House Resolution 84 draws attention to the impact of rape and sexual assault on people of all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds. “There is a prevalence of…

Rep. Nesbitt meets with hundreds of residents during April coffee hours

Lawmaker pleased with turnout, interest in issues State Rep. Aric Nesbitt met with residents throughout Southwestern Michigan during the first week of April as he conducted coffee hours in 11 communities during a five-day period. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said it is important to spend time with the hardworking families and listen to their concerns and suggestions….