Farrington bill eliminates surcharge on credit card purchases

State Rep. Jeff Farrington today announced the introduction of a bill to protect consumers by preventing companies from adding a surcharge on credit card purchases. House Bill 4255 prohibits retail shops from charging a 4 percent surcharge on credit card transactions. In addition to retailers not being allowed the extra consumer cost, gas stations also…

House committee approves Jenkins bill placing veterans’ designation on driver’s licenses

The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins that will make the lives of Michigan veterans easier. House Bill 4037 creates a veterans designation on Michigan’s driver’s licenses, eliminating hassles for veterans when showing proof of military service. “Putting a veterans designation on a Michigan’s driver’s…

Rep. Graves proposes legislation giving local governments more local control

State Rep. Joseph Graves has sponsored legislation to give local governments the authority to decide the best method of assessing property taxes relating to police and fire protection. Under current law, townships may implement a special assessment to provide funding for local police and fire protection, but assessments can only be based on the value…

Rep. Zorn invites residents to local coffee hours

State Rep. Dale Zorn today announced local coffee hours to enable his constituents to meet with him and address current issues regarding state government. Zorn, R-Ida, will be available Friday, March 1 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Scott’s Stop in Dundee, located at 388 E. Monroe St.  All are welcome to hear a legislative…

Rep. LaFontaine announces March office hours

State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Twp., is holding office hours to give 32nd District residents a convenient opportunity to meet with her locally. No appointment is necessary to talk with Rep. LaFontaine during this time. All are welcome to hear a legislative update and discuss topics of interest or concern. Office hours for the month…

Residents can take online survey on gas tax proposal — Rep. Lauwers

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, a member of the House Transportation Committee, today announced he is seeking input from area residents regarding how best to improve Michigan’s roads and bridges. The issue received greater urgency after Gov. Rick Snyder proposed a plan to increase Michigan’s gas tax and its diesel tax to pay for road repair…

Lawmakers applaud grant to eliminate blight

Lori, Nesbitt, Pagel says funds will improve communities State Reps. Matt Lori, Aric Nesbitt and Dave Pagel issued the following statement on a $740,000 Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) grant awarded to the Berrien-Cass-Van Buren Michigan Works to eliminate blight in Southwestern Michigan: “This is a good use for this funding, which is the…

Speaker Bolger makes appointments to Talent Investment Board

LANSING — Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today announced the appointments of state Reps. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, and Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor, to the governor’s Talent Investment Board for terms ending Dec. 31, 2014. The 47-member board advises and assists the governor regarding compliance with the federal Workforce Investment Act and overall talent development. “We must…

Speaker Bolger: ‘It’s simple math; state financial support for education is up while the number of students is down’

LANSING –House Republicans are focused on continuing to deliver results for improved educational success for Michigan students by building on the effective reforms and increased funding provided over the past few years, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger said today. “No one should ever say ‘that’s good enough’ when we are talking about our kids’…

Rep. Daley invites residents to office hours

Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, will sponsor March office hours with state Sen. Phil Pavlov. The office hours will be on March 4 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Dryden Township. Hall, 4849 Dryden Road, Dryden. “As a representative for the people of Michigan, the more I hear from constituents the better I can understand…

Jenkins to host workshop in Adrian on appealing property tax assessments

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins today announced she is sponsoring a workshop for local residents on property tax assessments and the appeals process. Residents are encouraged to attend Jenkins’ workshop on Monday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Dominican Hall at Siena Heights University in Adrian, located at 1247 E. Siena Heights Drive. “Residents have rights…

Callton introduces bill to allow establishment of medical marijuana provisioning centers

State Rep. Mike Callton, R-Nashville, has introduced the Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center Regulation Act to allow the establishment of medical marijuana provisioning centers which will provide medical marijuana for those with a recommendation from a doctor. Callton, a chiropractor, approaches this from a health care provider perspective and considers it a patient care issue. He…

Franz awarded Farm Bureau’s highest honor

State Rep. Ray Franz has been recognized by the Michigan Farm Bureau with the organization’s top award for state legislators, The Silver Plow Award. The award is given for leadership roles in enacting legislation of significant benefit to agriculture. In 2012, Franz’ bill became Public Act 193 of 2012, which made low-interest loans available to…