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…

Rendon announces July office hours

Area residents can meet with state Rep. Bruce Rendon to talk about state government concerns at the lawmaker’s local office hours scheduled for July 12 in Crawford and Kalkaska counties, and July 18 in Ogemaw, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. “Office hours provide an added chance for me to meet face-to-face with residents and learn about…

Rep. Somerville hosting July office hours

State Rep. Pat Somerville will host two opportunities in the coming weeks for local residents to meet with him to discuss state and local issues. On July 12, the representative will be at McDonalds, 3355 West Road, Trenton, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  On July 22, he will be at Huron Township Hall, 22950 Huron…

Michigan’s Medicaid Reform – a Healthy Michigan Solution

A column by Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall Different people can reach the same conclusion for similar or very different reasons. The recent House passage of Michigan’s Medicaid Reform is just one example. Michigan’s low-income workers, children and seniors face a real problem in a lack of health insurance despite medical needs. Michigan’s…

Lauwers urges International Commission to adopt uniform ballast water guidelines

State Rep. Dan Lauwers is urging a U.S.-Canadian agency to encourage states and provinces within the Great Lakes region to adopt uniform ballast water standards equivalent to U.S. federal requirements to help protect the environment and improve commerce. The International Joint Commission currently is inviting the public to comment on the functions, structure and membership…

Rep. Outman announces summer reading contest for area children

Winner will spend day with lawmaker in Lansing State Rep. Rick Outman is partnering with libraries in the 70th House District to encourage children to read books during the summer, offering the chance for one child to win a trip to the Capitol in the fall and see how state government works. Outman, R-Six Lakes,…

Lori: Cassopolis training grant will create 40 jobs

More than half of positions will go to low-income families State Rep. Matt Lori today announced a $400,000 Michigan Economic Development Corporation grant has been awarded to the village of Cassopolis for on-the-job training for 40 new employees at Postle Operating. Postle is a producer of aluminum products for recreational vehicles and is expanding the…

Rep. Kelly to speak at unique school on liberty

State Rep. Tim Kelly will be a guest speaker at the state’s only summer school about liberty and the origins of the U.S. Constitution on July 8-12 in Saginaw. Kelly will speak at Vacation Liberty School, which teaches kids age 7-15 about the Constitution and how the document was built upon “faith, hope and charity.” …

Rep. Kowall announces schedule for July office hours

State Rep. Eileen Kowall encourages residents of the 44th House District to attend her regularly scheduled office hours, taking place in Highland, White Lake and Milford in July. Office hours will be held at the following locations: July 1: In White Lake at Dave & Amy’s, 9595 Highland Road, from 8 to 9 a.m. July…

Pettalia congratulates local officials on grand opening

Updated Topinabee Beach Park set for July 1 ribbon cutting Cheboygan County residents and visitors will be able to enjoy another local slice of Pure Michigan at the upgraded Topinabee Beach Park on Mullett Lake, state Rep. Peter Pettalia said today. The park improvements funded by Mullett Township taxpayers and a 2011 Michigan Department of…