Pettalia hosting town halls on ‘fracking’

Nov. 1 meetings bring state, industry, groups to discussion  Area residents will be able to learn about oil and gas hydraulic fracturing and provide input during three Nov. 1 town hall meetings hosted by Rep. Peter Pettalia at stops in Oscoda, Harrisville and Alpena. The 106th District lawmaker is bringing officials from the Michigan Department…

Rep. Haines named MichBio Legislator of the Year

State Rep. Gail Haines has been named the MichBio Legislator of the Year for her leadership and work on Michigan’s clinical trial industry. Haines, R- Lake Angelus, received the award in recognition for her efforts in supporting the Michigan biosciences industry through her leadership of the Michigan Biosciences Legislative Caucus and as chair of the…

House approves bill streamlining local ballot deadlines

The House today approved legislation introduced by Rep. Martin Howrylak that will move the filing deadline for township annual meeting proposals to the same deadline as other local proposals. House Bill 4394 is part of a larger five bill package that streamlines other local filing deadlines including local millages and school board ballot questions. “During…

House panel hears testimony on O’Brien legislation to prevent Bridge Card abuse

The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee heard testimony on legislation introduced 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 reject bridge cards. House Bills 4858-60 require banks and credit unions that operate ATMs in casinos, liquor stores and adult…

Potvin to hold October office hours

State Rep. Phil Potvin will be hosting office hours on Oct. 25. Potvin’s meetings will occur in Slagle Township, Tustin and Big Rapids Township. The time and location of these meetings are as follows: Slagle Township: Friday, Oct. 25 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Slagle Township Hall, 2971 S. Seven Road, Harrietta. Tustin:…

Pscholka bills approved in House reform drain code laws

State Rep. Al Pscholka today announced House approval of a two bill package to reform the Michigan Drain Code, which hasn’t been updated in more than five decades. “These bills are common sense and necessary updates to an antiquated law,” said Pscholka, who sponsored the bills. The reforms approved in the House of Representatives will…

Rep. Glardon plans hunting town hall meeting in Owosso

State Rep. Ben Glardon is sponsoring a special public town hall meeting in Owosso on Monday, Oct. 28 for local residents to meet directly with Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials. The event takes place at the Shiawassee Conservation Association, 4247 N. M-52, Owosso, and starts at 7 p.m.  Glardon has invited Doug Reeves –…

Genetski adds another coffee hour in October

Area residents have another opportunity this month to discuss state and local issues in person with state Rep. Bob Genetski at informal coffee hours scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21 in Plainwell. “Meeting with people and listening to their thoughts and concerns about our state government and ways that I can help are my priorities as…

Rendon hosting Oct. 28 veterans meeting

Special guests include American Legion, veterans affairs officials Area veterans and military families are invited to an Oct. 28 Veterans Town Hall meeting in Prudenville, hosted by state Rep. Bruce Rendon. The meeting is at 2 p.m. in the Houghton-Higgins Lake American Legion Post 245, located at 3564 Reserve Road. “I welcome the chance to…

Jenkins invites local residents to attend office hour on Oct. 18 and 21

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins today announced she has scheduled a pair of office hour events, taking place in Adrian and Hudson. Office hours will be held at the following locations: Friday, Oct. 18: At the Adrian Public Library, 143 E. Maumee St. in Adrian, from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21: At Karen’s Uptown…

Forlini plans October office hours

State Rep. Anthony Forlini will host office hours in the 24th House District on Monday, Oct. 21. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, has scheduled office hours at the following locations: McDonald’s, 25900 Crocker Blvd. in Harrison Township from 8 to 9 a.m.; and Biggby Coffee, 18309 Hall Road in Clinton Township from 6 to 7 p.m. “I…

House approves Forlini bill to improve bicycle safet

 Bill allows for alternate right-turn gesture The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Anthony Forlini that allows bicyclists to use an alternate right-turn signal that he says will be easier for motorists to understand and make roads safer for everyone. House Bill 4866, which received unanimous support, allows bicyclists to…

State Rep. Dr. Mike Callton named Michigan Chiropractor of the Year

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN – State Representative Dr. Mike Callton (R-Nashville) – the first chiropractor elected to the Michigan Legislature – was named “Chiropractor of the Year” by the Michigan Association of Chiropractors (MAC) at their Fall 2013 Convention & Exhibition in Dearborn. He received this coveted award “in appreciation for valuable leadership, service, and dedication above…

Rep. Forlini hosts shred day on Nov. 8

Lawmaker says event prevents identity theft State Rep. Anthony Forlini will host a shred day event on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Harrison Township Tucker Senior Center. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, invites residents to bring in outdated paperwork that could be used by thieves to steal someone’s identity to be shredded free of charge. Each person…