Adoption of infants made easier by O’Brien legislation

The Senate Families, Seniors, and Human Services Committee yesterday heard testimony on legislation introduced by state Rep. Margaret O’Brien to make improvements to procedures for adopting an infant. House Bill 4647 allows judges to approve adoptions for children under the age of 1 year old after three months supervision. Current law requires a minimum of…

Invoc_Victory_1013_2 State Rep. Roger Victory, at right, welcomes Pastor Dave Jolman and Howard Jolman to Lansing this week.

Local pastor leads invocation in Lansing

Rep. Roger Victory had the opportunity to welcome Pastor Dave Jolman to give the invocation at the start of House session on Tuesday of this week. Dave Jolman is the pastor of First Hudsonville Christian Reformed Church located in Hudsonville. “I am very pleased to be able to welcome Pastor Jolman to Lansing,” said Victory, R-Hudsonville….

Bumstead announces grant for employee training at Sandmold Systems in Newaygo

New jobs as well as more job training for current employees are coming to Sandmold Systems in Newaygo thanks to a grant from Capital Area Michigan Works and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), state Rep. Jon Bumstead announced today. “It’s great to see a local business working with available state resources to enhance their…

Rep. Kowall invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Eileen Kowall encourages residents of the 44th House District to attend her regularly scheduled office hours, taking place in Highland, White Lake and Milford in November. Office hours will be held at the following locations: Saturday, Nov. 2 at Colasanti’s Market, 468 S. Milford Road in Highland, from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday,…

Genetski bill targets meth ‘smurfing’

Bipartisan effort adds penalty for unlawful ingredient purchase  A three-bill, bipartisan effort to make producing methamphetamine in Michigan harder for felons and people trying to get around purchasing quantity limits has been introduced in the state House to help protect residents by keeping meth lab operations and the dangerous drug out of local communities. State…

Graves to meet with residents, veterans during November office hours

State Rep. Joe Graves today announced he will host office hours during November with residents of the 51st House District. Graves, R-Argentine Township, said all residents are welcome, but is asking veterans who may have questions or concerns about state government or about their veteran benefits to make an extra effort to attend. “As a…

Rep. Nancy Jenkins (left) gets ready to listen to a presentation by Madison Middle School students during the Michigan Student Technology Showcase held at the Capitol.

Jenkins welcomes local school groups to Capitol

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins recently welcomed two Lenawee County school groups to the Capitol. On Wednesday, seventh-grade students from Madison Middle School in Adrian participated in the Michigan Student Technology Showcase, where a variety of K-12 students from across the state demonstrated how technology is used in Michigan classrooms to enhance both teaching and learning….

Rep. Glardon heralds new jobs in Owosso

Rep. Ben Glardon, Sen. Rick Jones, Midwest Bus Rebuilders CEO Dan Morrill and Gov. Rick Snyder talk at Midwest Bus Builders headquarters in Owosso. State Rep. Ben Glardon today said the new multi-million-dollar contract for Midwest Bus Rebuilders in Owosso will benefit the entire region as well as the hundreds of Michigan suppliers. Glardon toured…

Heath Robinson Memorial Bridge considered

House panel hears father, Foster testimony to honor war hero The US-2 bridge crossing the Cut River in Mackinac County could be renamed to honor Heath Robinson, a 1995 Petoskey High School graduate and Navy SEAL who was killed in action Aug. 6, 2011 when a Chinook Helicopter he was in with about three dozen…

Rep. Nesbitt presented Excellence in Education award

Lawmaker honored for efforts in vocational education field State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today received the Excellence in Education award during the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Showcase for his dedication to improving the state’s educational system. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, was cited for his work with legislation that allows for more flexibility for students…

House Panel supports hard-working taxpayers by cutting down on Bridge Card abuse

The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved House Bills 4858-60 by state Rep. Margaret O’Brien to reduce welfare abuse and fraud by requiring automated teller machines located in casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment establishments to refuse Bridge Cards. “Taxpayers expect their money to be used to build families up, not tear families…

Rep. Pettalia attends ceremony honoring Frank Kelley with state complex walkway

Former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley (center), who served from 1961 to 1998, was honored this week at a ceremony that named the state government complex walkway east of the Hall of Justice building after him. The legislation for the recognition was approved unanimously by the Legislature, and House and Senate lawmakers attended the Oct. 23…

Pscholka receives AG Award from MSU Extension

State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, was honored by Michigan State University Extension with its Key Partner Award for 2013.  Pscholka received the award this week at the group’s annual conference at the Kellogg Center in Lansing. “During development of the budget for 2014, Representative Pscholka made sure that Extension services and agricultural research were given…