Somerville wants Department of Civil Rights to withdraw complaint

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights last week filed a federal complaint against school districts with Native American mascots, prompting a response from State Rep. Patrick Somerville, R-New Boston, urging the department to withdraw its complaint and allow the schools to address the issues at the local level. Somerville has two schools in his district…

Heise confident BAC limit will remain .08 percent

State Rep Heise, R-Plymouth, chair of the House Committee on Criminal Justice, today heard testimony concerning two bills to increase public safety by keeping the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit at .08 percent for Michigan drivers. The bills before the committee are HB 4093 and HB 4131, both of which are designed to maintain the…

Heise invites residents to coffee hours

State Rep. Kurt Heise is sponsoring coffee hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally. Heise will talk with residents from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 at Panera Bread, located at 400 S. Main, in Plymouth. No appointment is necessary. Rep. Heise is also available to meet with…

Rep. Graves to host workshops on appealing property tax assessments

State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced he is sponsoring property tax workshops for residents on property tax assessments and the appeal process. Graves will host workshops at the following dates and locations: Flushing: Thursday, Feb. 21 at Flushing Township Offices, 6543 N. Seymour, from 7 to 8 p.m. Fenton: Tuesday, March 5 at Fenton Township…

Jenkins announces February office hours in Adrian

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins today announced she will sponsor office hours in Adrian on Monday, Feb. 25. Jenkins invites residents to meet with her in the café at the Adrian Public Library, located at 143 E. Maumee Street from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. No appointment is necessary during these office hours.  Those unable to meet…

Rep. Johnson welcomes Clare Primary students to Capitol

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, welcomed students and parents from Clare Primary School to Lansing today for a tour of the state Capitol. Along with accompanying the group to see and hear the history, art and architecture of the building, Johnson also gave the students a special treat by bringing them on the House chamber…

Rep. Price to hold property tax assessment forum

State Rep. Amanda Price today announced that she will be hosting a forum for area residents on the property tax assessment and appeal process. Price will address constituents at the Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave. on Monday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.   Park Township Assessor Al Nykamp will join Price in answering…

Price to hold in-district office hours Feb. 18

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Park Township on Monday, Feb. 18 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…

Genetski: Federal complaint an overstep

A federal complaint filed by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights last week has prompted state Rep. Bob Genetski to pen a follow-up letter to request the department to withdraw its complaint so school districts can address possible issues with their mascot names or imagery locally first. The letter, addressed to MDCR Director Daniel Krichbaum,…

Franz: Free online business planning class available for area veterans

Michigan is experiencing some of the highest unemployment rates for returning military servicemen and women in the nation and one way to combat the problem is helping people start or improve their own business. Rep. Ray Franz is teaming up with Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, Northwest Michigan Works and the Michigan Small Business &…

Speaker Bolger: EAA providing positive change for some Detroit students

DETROIT — House Speaker Jase Bolger on Monday joined Gov. Snyder and fellow lawmakers on a tour of two Education Achievement Authority schools in Detroit and learned firsthand about the positive changes being provided for Detroit students. The Education Achievement Authority is a new public system of schools that is helping children in struggling schools…

Speaker Bolger reappoints Bruce Rasher to Great Lakes Commission

LANSING — Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today reappointed Bruce Rasher, a former mayor of Marshall, to the Great Lakes Commission for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014. The commission is a public agency established by the Great Lakes Basin Compact in 1955 to help member states and Canadian provinces speak with a unified voice on…

Nesbitt: State department overstepped bounds in school mascot issue

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today said the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) should rescind a federal complaint it filed with the U.S. Department of Education asking the federal agency to prohibit the use of American Indian mascots, nicknames and slogans in the state’s K-12 schools. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said the MDCR overstepped its authority by…