Rep. Graves sponsors summer reading program for local children

Winners spend a day at Capitol with lawmaker State Rep. Joe Graves will sponsor a summer reading program for children in the 51st House District, with the winners invited to spend a day with him at the state Capitol. Graves, R-Argentine Township, said the contest is open to children in first through fifth grades and…

State Rep. Bill Rogers and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, both center, welcomed George Groat, president and CEO of Center PowerD Management, middle row second from left, as well as a group from both the United States and the Netherlands, to help announce a new energy project that started construction today in Livingston County. CenterPowerD Management has partnered with Netherlands-based companies to build wind turbines and cooling systems in Livingston County. The project will bring alternative energy as well as 60 to 90 jobs to the state by the end of the year.

Rep. Rogers and Lt. Gov. Calley welcome energy group to Lansing

State Rep. Bill Rogers and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, both center, welcomed George Groat, president and CEO of Center PowerD Management, middle row second from left, as well as a group from both the United States and the Netherlands, to help announce a new energy project that started construction today in Livingston County. CenterPowerD Management…

Rep. Muxlow announces July 26 office hours

State Rep. Paul Muxlow will conduct office hours on Friday, July 26 at his district office in Brown City. Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, will meet with residents from 4 to 5 p.m. at his office located at 4256 Main St. He will provide a legislative update and answer any questions citizens have about state and…

Jenkins and staff honored to serve 57th District

Lawmaker introduces new staff members to Lansing office State Rep. Nancy Jenkins has hired two new staff members to continue to serve the residents of the 57th House District and fill a pair of vacancies, the lawmaker announced today. “Listening to local residents is what drives my work in Lansing, and I am excited about…

Residents invited to natural resources forum

Rendon welcomes House committee chair for July 22 town hall  Area residents can provide feedback and input on Michigan’s natural resources management policies at a Monday, July 22 town hall meeting in Roscommon with state Rep. Bruce Rendon and other members of the House Natural Resources Committee. Rendon, vice chair of the House committee, is…

McCready commends continued state funding of Urban Search and Rescue Task Force

State Rep. Mike McCready today announced that a portion of the Michigan State Police (MSP) budget will be designated to the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force. Offering regional resources to communities in Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Washtenaw, Monroe and Wayne counties, the USAR Task Force will receive $500,000 for fiscal year 2013-14 to…

Rep. Joel Johnson announces July office hours

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, today announced his district office hours for July 19 and 26. The representative is meeting with Arenac and Gladwin counties on the second to last Friday of the month and Osceola and Clare counties residents on the last Friday of the month. “Meeting with constituents is one of the most…

Walsh applauds use of state funds to continue Urban Search and Rescue Task Force

State Rep. John Walsh today announced that $500,000 from the Michigan State Police (MSP) budget for Fiscal Year 2014 will be used for continued funding of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force. The task force includes communities from Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.  They offer regional resources to assist…

Graves announces July office hours

Lawmaker invites residents to informal meetings State Rep. Joe Graves today announced he will conduct a series of informal office hours in July with residents of the 51st House District. Graves, R-Argentine Township, will be available to meet with constituents of the 51st House District on the following dates: Friday, July 12 at 9 a.m….

Rendon, Moolenaar announce state housing grant for Ogemaw County

A state grant to Ogemaw County will help homeowners fix their houses, state Rep. Bruce Rendon and Sen. John Moolenaar announced today. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority awarded the county $175,000 from its Housing Resource Fund for rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes throughout Ogemaw County. “Home ownership is the foundation of stability for a family’s…

Heise applauds approval of new indigent defense law

Lawmaker believes law will ensure equal access to justice             State Rep. Kurt Heise, chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee, applauded a new law, Public Act 93 of 2013, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today that improves Michigan’s indigent defense system. PA 93 of 2013 establishes the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) which helps…

McMillin indigent defense bill signed by governor

Law creates commission to provide impartial counsel for needy defendants Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law sweeping changes to Michigan’s indigent defense system. Public Act 93 of 2013, sponsored by state Rep. Tom McMillin, is a major overhaul to Michigan’s system of providing access to the constitutional right of legal counsel for financially indigent…

Capitol Notes: July 2013

“I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State.”  Before taking office, all public officials make this vow.  As a former prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General, I had the privilege and honor of taking this oath twice before serving in the House of Representatives. …

Rendon, Booher announce state housing grant

A state grant to Roscommon County will help homeowners fix their houses, state Rep. Bruce Rendon and Sen. Darwin Booher announced today. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority awarded the county $175,000 from its Housing Resource Fund for rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes throughout Roscommon County. “Home ownership is the foundation of stability for a family’s…