Rep. Schroeder resolution focuses on Sunshine Week in March

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township today introduced a resolution declaring the week of March 10 as Sunshine Week in the state of Michigan. “This resolution complements the Legislative Open Records Act bill package to establish transparency within the government,” Rep. Schroeder said. “A free and open press is a primary liberty enshrined in…

Grant money awarded for historic renovation in Houghton

State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock announced today the city of Houghton will receive over $600,000 for architectural and engineering work for the Copper Range Depot. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a number of projects across Michigan that will spark economic development. “Like many U.P. communities, we have historic landmarks left standing from the mining…

Rep. Miller’s plan clarifies scope of practice for Michigan counselors

State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, has introduced a measure to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law. Miller said updates are needed to ensure the law reflects the actual scope of practice and training of licensed professional counselors, and to be consistent with wording in the Board of Counseling’s Administrative Rules. This measure…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to March office hours

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced his March office hours for residents of the 110th district. “I am looking forward to another month of office hours,” Rep. Markkanen said. “We have seen a great turnout so far and the office hours have been an excellent resource for both the attendees and myself.” The office hours…

Rep. Griffin’s plan to cut prison health care costs gains House approval

State Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to reduce the amount of public tax dollars spent on prison health care while continuing to protect public safety was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Griffin, of Mattawan, said chronically ill and aging prisoners often have health care costs several times higher than the average…

Rep. Meerman encourages local schools to apply for student health programming

State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Polkton Township, today encouraged elementary and middle schools in his district to apply for Building Healthy Communities, a public-private initiative designed to fight obesity and improve childhood health through school-based wellness programming. “Building Healthy Communities is going into its 10th year of making children – and schools – healthier,” Meerman…

Rep. Mueller plan creates tougher penalties for disarming a police officer

State Rep. Mike Mueller today introduced a bipartisan plan to increase the penalty for criminals who disarm – or attempt to disarm – a police officer. Mueller, of Linden, said a criminal who commits an unarmed robbery would currently be punished more severely than an individual who attempts to disarm a police officer. His legislation…

Rep. Hauck’s transparency plan clears House panel during Sunshine Week

State Rep. Roger Hauck’s plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan was approved today by the House Government Operations Committee. Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature from sunshine laws. Hauck’s legislation is part of a bipartisan plan to end…

Rep. Lower plan increases transparency of political mailers

Legislation introduced during Sunshine Week State Rep. Jim Lower today introduced a plan to ensure people are fully informed about who is paying for the political advertisements they receive in the mail. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said current law does not require election-related communications paid for by organizations to contain a “paid for by” disclaimer…

House approves Rep. Vaupel’s informative safety measure

Lawmaker: ‘Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix’ The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan authored by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, better informing the public of the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Under Vaupel’s safety initiative, bars, restaurants and liquor stores must include the following language as an addition to currently required…

Rep. Schroeder’s transparency plan clears House panel during Sunshine Week

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder’s plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan was approved today by the House Government Operations Committee. Schroeder, of Independence Township, said the committee’s approval coincided with Sunshine Week, a national initiative celebrating the important role transparency plays in our system of government. “This package of bills…

House panel approves Rep. Berman’s transparency plan during Sunshine Week

State Rep. Ryan Berman’s plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan was approved today by the House Government Operations Committee. Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature from sunshine laws. Berman’s legislation is part of a bipartisan plan to end…

Rep. Rendon’s transparency plan clears House panel during Sunshine Week

State Rep. Daire Rendon’s plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan was approved today by the House Government Operations Committee. Rendon, of Lake City, said the committee’s approval coincided with Sunshine Week, a national initiative celebrating the important role transparency plays in our system of government. “It’s an appropriate time…