Somerville applauds feds on dismissal of mascot complaint

State Rep. Pat Somerville today applauded the U.S. Department of Education for dismissing a complaint filed by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) that sought to prohibit the use of American Indian mascots, nicknames and slogans in the state’s K-12 schools. In February, Somerville urged MDCR to withdraw its complaint and allow the schools…

House approves roadside stand regulation reform

MacMaster bill waives plumbing code requirements Local farmers using temporary roadside produce stands to provide a taste of Pure Michigan during the summer months won’t have to battle local red tape and certain building codes under legislation unanimously approved today by the state House. House Bill 4732, sponsored by Rep. Greg MacMaster, garnered all 109…

Governor signs Kelly legislation to help keep dead people off welfare rolls

Michigan can now work to reduce welfare fraud and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently after the governor today signed legislation making it easier for the state to stop dead people and convicted felons from getting Bridge Cards. Public Act 41 of 2013, authored by state Rep. Tim Kelly, requires the state Department of Human Services…

Rep. Outman urges residents to go fishing for free this weekend

Lawmaker: No license needed June 8 and 9 State Rep. Rick Outman encourages residents to take advantage of Michigan’s natural resources during Michigan Free Fishing Weekend on June 8-9. Michigan Free Fishing Weekend allows residents and out-of-state visitors to enjoy Michigan fishing at no cost. All fishing licensing fees will be waived, allowing participants to…

Rep. Graves urges residents to go fishing this weekend

Lawmaker: Take advantage of natural resources State Rep. Joe Graves today urged residents in the 51st House District to take a fishing break during the Michigan Free Fishing Weekend on June 8-9. Michigan Free Fishing Weekend allows residents and out-of-state visitors to enjoy Michigan fishing at no cost. All fishing licensing fees will be waived,…

Rep. Forlini urges residents to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend

Lawmaker: Cast a line on Lake St. Clair State Rep. Anthony Forlini reminds residents that Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, July 9 is Michigan Free Fishing Weekend and urges residents of the 24th House District to enjoy the weekend on Lake St. Clair or other waterways in Macomb County. Michigan Free Fishing Weekend allows residents…

House panel approves Glardon measure to exempt disabled veterans from property taxes

The House Tax Policy Committee this morning unanimously approved legislation introduced by Rep. Ben Glardon to help disabled veterans in Michigan by exempting them from paying property taxes on their principal residence. House Bill 4110, introduced by Glardon, allows all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. armed forces or National Guard who are totally and…

Pettalia Announces Local Office Hours

Residents can meet with state Rep. Peter Pettalia to talk about state government concerns or problems during office hours scheduled in Alpena on June 7. “I encourage people to stop in to share any concerns, ideas or thoughts that can help our region,” said Pettalia, R-Presque Isle. “Office hours differ from town-hall meetings in that…

Lauwers thanks feds for being ‘voice of reason’ on school mascot issue

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today commended the U.S. Department of Education for dismissing a complaint by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights that could have ended the use of American Indian images and mascots at state public schools. Lauwers introduced legislation that would have saved funding for the targeted schools if the complaint had been…

Genetski welcomes complaint dismissal

The U.S. Department of Education’s dismissal of a complaint to end the use of American Indian images as some Michigan high school mascots came as welcome news to state Rep. Bob Genetski, who helped lead the effort to have the matter withdrawn and require the state to pay expenses for making the change. “I am…

House approves Shirkey bill to help adoptees find loving homes in Michigan

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Mike Shirkey to help give at-risk Michigan children a chance at a brighter future by improving the state’s adoption system. House Bill 4646, part of a bipartisan package, would make Michigan adoption law more similar to other states that allow for out-of-court consent, making it easier…

Kesto hails transportation grants for road, bridge improvements

Lawmaker: Money will help create jobs in Oakland County State Rep. Klint Kesto today said funding for state transportation economic development grants announced by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will provide new jobs and smoother commutes for Oakland County. The grants, totaling nearly $1.4 million, will result in $28.4 million in private investment in…

Lawmakers host town hall meeting with veterans

State Rep. Rick Outman and state Sen. Judy Emmons discussed important issues affecting veterans during a recent town hall meeting at Montcalm Community College. Outman, an Army veteran, said the meeting was productive and informative. “It was rewarding to sit and talk with these men and women who served their country in uniform and find…