House committee approves bills preserving religious freedom for private adoption agencies

The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee today approved legislation protecting religious freedom under the First Amendment and Michigan Constitution for private adoption agencies. House Bills 4927, 4928, and 4991, sponsored by state Reps. Andrea LaFontaine, Kenneth Kurtz and Tom Leonard, would write into law current practices followed by the Department of Human Services (DHS)…

MacGregor announces grant to conduct joint training for local fire departments

Nelson Township to receive funds State Rep. Peter MacGregor announced Nelson Township will receive a $15,000 state grant to help offset costs associated conducting joint training for three local fire departments. The money is part of $6 million in funding awarded to 17 local units of government throughout the state by the Competitive Grant Assistance…

Howrylak, Lions Foundation host free eye exams

State Rep. Martin Howrylak and the Lions Foundation are teaming up to give free children’s eye exams through the Project KidSight program on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Fire Station #5 in Troy from 1 to 4 p.m. The eye exams will take place as part of the firehouse’s open house event. “This is a great…

Leonard announces October office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard today announced his regularly scheduled office hours for October, taking place in St. Johns and Ithaca. Office hours will be held: In St. Johns on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. In Ithaca on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Hearthstone Oven…

Rep. Yonker meets with residents Friday

State Rep. Ken Yonker will host office hours in Dorr on Friday. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at A J’s Grill, located at 1830 142nd Ave. in Dorr on Friday, Sept. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the lawmaker during this time. All are welcome to hear a legislative…

Rep. Pscholka to hold in-district office hours

Lawmaker encourages feedback from local residents State Rep. Al Pscholka will host local office hours this month for residents to meet with him and discuss state government issues in St. Joseph. “I enjoy meeting residents and forging new relationships with them,” said Rep. Pscholka.  “I encourage anyone with questions, comments or concerns to please address…

Van Buren County receives grant to implement innovative project

Nesbitt: Collaboration excellent example of best practices State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today announced Van Buren County will receive a state grant to help make local government more effective and efficient for the county and other local municipalities. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said the county will receive $314,629 in Competitive Grant Assistance Program funds from the Michigan Department…

Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, and state law enforcement officers join Gov. Rick Snyder as he signs Public Act 109 of 2013 into law. The legislation is McCready's first bill to become a Michigan statute.

Governor signs McCready bill to fund state’s natural disaster relief

Bill adjusts funding levels for faster emergency response Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Mike McCready that expedites the state emergency response process and ensures local communities receive assistance more quickly during natural disasters. Public Act 109 of 2013 is part of a two-bill package that adjusts statutory…

Graves announces grant to create more efficient local government

Holly 911 services to merge into Oakland County State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced a $21,700 state grant to consolidate the village of Holly 911 emergency service with Oakland County, a merger that will result in more efficient and effective government. The Michigan Department of Treasury today awarded $6 million to 17 local governments through…

Lori, Pagel announce grants to improve efficiency in local government

St. Joseph, Cass counties and Oronoko Township receive funds State Reps. Matt Lori and Dave Pagel today announced both Oronoko Township and Cass County have been awarded grants to help offset costs associated with consolidating some services. The money is part of $6 million in funding through the Competitive Grant Assistance Program awarded to 17…

Leonard named to list of top rising conservative leaders

The American Conservative Union recently named state Rep. Tom Leonard to its top “10 under 40” list of promising young conservative leaders. This is the second year in a row that a Michigan legislator has been named to the ACU’s list. Last year, Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, was also tapped as a rising conservative…

Rep. Shirkey hosting radon awareness events in Eaton County

State Rep. Mike Shirkey is sponsoring radon awareness town hall events on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10 in Eaton County to give local residents the chance to learn more about the health risks associated with elevated indoor radon levels and ways to protect themselves and their families. The town halls take place on the second…

Rep. Glardon welcomes Miss America 2011 to state Capitol

State Rep. Ben Glardon on Thursday welcomed 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan to the House floor in celebration of Constitution Week.  Glardon helped sponsor a meet and greet for the former Miss America at the state Capitol.  Later in the week, Scanlan will travel to Shiawassee County to speak with students at various local schools…

Identity theft, scams on agenda for local meetings

Rep. Pettalia brings attorney general programs to Harrisville, Rogers City State Rep. Peter Pettalia will host a pair of meetings with the state attorney general’s office on Oct. 4 to provide information that can help protect residents, especially senior citizens, from fraud. The events will cover identity theft and scams perpetrated by telephone, traditional mail…