Local potato grower testifies with Outman at House committee meeting

Trio stresses the need for changes at state Potato Commission State Rep. Rick Outman and two members of the Michigan Potato Commission testified today before the House Agriculture Committee, stressing the need for legislation to allow the commission to better react to changes in the potato industry. Outman, R-Six Lakes, was joined by Tim Young,…

Veterans could get free state park entry

Foster bills recognize disabled, P.O.W, Medal of Honor recipients The Michigan House this week approved two measures that would provide free state park entry to Medal of Honor recipients, disabled veterans and former prisoners of war. House Bills 4297 and 4439, introduced by Rep. Frank Foster, would waive the annual $11 state park Recreation Passport…

State lawmakers recognize regional robotics team champs

  Pettalia, Moolenaar host Thunder Bay students to Capitol visit State Rep. Peter Pettalia and Sen. John Moolenaar welcomed the Thunder Bay Junior High students on the UR2 Underwater Robotics Engineering Team to the state Capitol this week to recognize their accomplishment on a Great Lakes Regional first place win. The team also garnered two…

Jenkins votes to give disabled veterans, former POWs free Recreation Passports

The Michigan House today approved legislation that shows recognition to disabled veterans, former prisoners of war and Medal of Honor recipients, state Rep. Nancy Jenkins announced. House Bill 4297 would give disabled veterans free entry at all state parks, recreation areas and boat access sites. House Bill 4439 is a companion bill that would allow…

Franz supports bill to provide recognition for veterans

The Michigan House today approved legislation supported by state Rep. Ray Franz that would provide free Recreation Passports for disabled veterans, former prisoners of war and Medal of Honor recipients. House Bill 4297 would give disabled veterans free entry at all state parks, recreation areas and boat access sites. House Bill 4439 is a companion…

Kesto votes to give disabled vets, former POWs free park access

Legislation also benefits Medal of Honor recipients State Rep. Klint Kesto today voted for legislation that provides free Recreation Passports for disabled veterans, former prisoners of war and Medal of Honor recipients. “Our disabled veterans, POWs and Medal of Honor recipients have already sacrificed so much for us, and this is just a small token…

Rep. Lauwers names legislation contest winners

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today announced the five winners of his legislation contest, with proposals that could improve voter turnout at local elections, increase sentencing for repeat sexual offenders and reduce the size of state government. Lauwers received more than 50 unique bill ideas from residents as part of his legislation contest to give constituents…

Leonard legislation protects crime victims and their families

            State Rep. Tom Leonard recently introduced legislation that protects crime victims and their families by ensuring that criminals pay restitution, even after the victim’s death. House Bill 4636 clarifies Michigan law to specify that court-ordered restitution continue to be paid to a victim’s estate and heirs in the event of their death. “Crimes against…

Genetski announces May office hours

Allegan County residents will have two opportunities to meet with state Rep. Bob Genetski in the coming weeks to talk face-to-face about state government issues or concerns. The lawmaker has scheduled office hours in South Haven on May 17 and Martin on May 20. “No appointment is necessary and I welcome everyone to come in…

Schmidt announces office hours with Secretary of State liaison

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today announced office hours that will take place throughout the 104th District.  A liaison from the Michigan Secretary of State office will also be on hand to answer any questions residents may have. Schmidt is inviting residents to attend office hours to discuss issues of local and state concern.  The lawmaker…

Graves announces May office hours

State Rep. Joe Graves today announced he will host office hours this month in Fenton and Holly. Graves invites local residents to meet with him to discuss state or local issues on the following dates: Fenton: Monday, May 13, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Biggby, 235 N. Leroy St. Holly: Friday, May 17, 9-10 a.m. at Holly…

Capitol Notes: May 2013

Last month, the House of Representatives approved its first budget plan.  I am proud to say that Michigan is once again on track to pass a balanced budget months ahead of schedule.  This will mark the third straight year the budget has been passed early, making it the “new normal” for Michigan, which will allow…

Franz co-sponsors veterans ID licenses

Legislation moves to governor’s desk for consideration  Military veterans could have their Michigan driver’s license reflect their service to their country through legislation now being considered by Gov. Rick Snyder, state Rep. Ray Franz said today. House Bill 4037 and Senate Bill 219, measures to place a special ‘veteran’ designation on eligible driver’s licenses and…