Kesto applauds House passage of bills boosting veterans’ benefits

Lawmaker: Those who served nation deserve appreciation State Rep. Klint Kesto today voted in favor of a legislative package allowing military experience to count toward licensure requirements for a variety of trades and professions. Under the legislation, training completed in the military would count as experience and training for emergency medical service technicians, law enforcement…

Graves hails House passage of bills adding benefits for veterans

Measures allow use of military training for license requirements State Rep. Joe Graves today voted for legislation allowing military training and experience to be used toward licensure requirements in certain trades or professions by military veterans. Under the package of bills, training completed in the military would count as experience and training for emergency medical…

Lyons supports bills that give veterans streamlined path to licensure

The House today approved several bills that will give recent veterans of the armed forces a more streamlined path to licensure for skills and training they received while in the service. House Bills 4605, 4731, 4752, 4754, and 4756 will allow former active duty military personnel to be issued licenses and waive certain requirements based…

Forlini hosts summer reading contest for children in district

Kids have chance to ‘Be a Rep for a Day’ State Rep. Anthony Forlini encourages children to read during the summer so they keep their learning skills honed, as well as experiencing the joys that reading can bring. As an incentive to read, Forlini, R-Harrison Township, is sponsoring a summer reading program at two libraries…

Rep. Victory supports legislation to enhance employment opportunities for veterans

State Rep. Roger Victory today voted in favor of five bills that will allow qualified veterans to use their military training and experience to replace the additional training and licensing required for certain careers. Under the legislation, military training could be counted toward the licensing and education process for law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical…

Allegan County approved for federal flood aid

Rep. Genetski applauds announcement for financial assistance  Allegan County residents and businesses with uninsured property losses from severe flooding in April may be eligible for federal low-interest disaster loans, state Rep. Bob Genetski said today. The U.S. Small Business Administration approved a disaster declaration for West Michigan, including Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo…

Pscholka votes for reforms to Medicaid system

Bill creates strong reforms and changes to state Medicaid program State Rep. Al Pscholka today announced that the Michigan House approved historic legislation to reform the state Medicaid health care system. The legislation aims protect state taxpayer dollars and incentivize healthy living habits in order to help recipients achieve better health and more opportunities. House…

Muxlow: 2014 budget means more money for classrooms, municipalities

Governor signs spending plan for coming fiscal year State Rep. Paul Muxlow today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of the 2014 state budget, which Muxlow says will bring more money to municipalities through revenue sharing increases and to classrooms through boosts in per-pupil spending. Snyder signed the omnibus budget and school aid budget today. “By…

Local lawmakers host tour of area agriculture

House committee members view different aspects of industry State Reps. Phil Potvin and Bruce Rendon this week invited members of the House Agriculture Committee to visit some of the industry leaders in Missaukee and Osceola counties. The panel made stops at Yoplait in Reed City, Michigan State University AgBio Research Facility in Lake City, Dutchman…

Genetski announces June office hours

Allegan County residents will have two opportunities to meet with state Rep. Bob Genetski to talk face-to-face about state government issues or concerns. The lawmaker has scheduled office hours in Holland on June 17 and Plainwell on June 24. “No appointment is necessary and I welcome everyone to come in for a talk,” said Genetski,…

Lawmakers vow to restore senior transportation funding

Forlini met with leadership to secure SMART money Two state representatives from House Appropriations today met with House and Senate leadership and the governor’s office in an effort to restore funding for the Suburban Mobility for Regional Transportation (SMART) program, a suburban bus system operating in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. State Reps. Anthony Forlini,…

Senate approves bills that eliminate burdens on job creators, homeowners

Measures now go to governor for signature The Michigan Senate today approved a package of bills that would eliminate regulatory hurdles that burden job creators who are providing access to new technology through the installation of advanced home monitoring systems. The measures were approved with strong, bipartisan support. House Bills 4591 and 4737, introduced by…

House passes McCready bill to better fund state emergency response

Measure adjusts funding levels for natural disaster relief The House of Representatives recently approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Mike McCready that expedites the state emergency response process, helping to ensure communities receive assistance more quickly during natural disasters. House Bill 4670 adjusts statutory funding levels for the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to…

McMillin plans in-district office hours

State Rep. Tom McMillin is hosting in-district office hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally and discuss state and local issues. McMillin will be hosting the office hours with residents from 3 to 4 p.m., on Monday, June 17 at Rochester City Hall, 400 Sixth Street, Rochester. No appointment is…