Rep. Calley’s resolution names January as Mentoring Month

State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland introduced a resolution on Thursday to name January as Mentoring Month in the state of Michigan. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives. “I am confident that all of us in this room had the advantage of a mentor,” Rep. Calley said addressing her colleagues on…

Rep. Kahle announces monthly in-district office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, Jan. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hudson Carnegie District Library, 205 S. Market St. in Hudson. “I enjoy the opportunity to connect with people in the community and hear what matters most to them,”…

Rep. Tedder announces FIRST Robotics grants to Clarkston schools

State Rep. Jim Tedder today announced a combined grant award of $18,300 to FIRST Robotics programs in the Clarkston Community School District from the Michigan Department of Education. The RUSH robotics team was awarded $2,500 with the Clarkston RoboWolves, Cyborg Wolves, Grease Wolves, Jaffke/Evans and Technadoes teams receiving $1,300 each. Clarkston Junior High School was…

Rep. Noble announces FIRST Robotics grants to local schools

State Rep. Jeff Noble today announced a combined grant award of $18,100 to FIRST Robotics programs at Northville Public Schools and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools from the Michigan Department of Education. Northville’s Robostangs and Redbulls robotics teams were awarded $2,500 and $1,300 respectively, with Plymouth-Canton receiving over $14,000 to 26 programs ranging from elementary to high-school…

Pagel announces DNR grant funding to benefit Chikaming Township

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced Harbert Park in Chikaming Township has been selected as the recipient of a Recreation Passport grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Funding in the amount of $56,200 will be used in the development of a parking lot expansion, creation of concrete walkways, and to build a fishing/viewing…

Rep. Griffin announces DNR Recreational Passport grant

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced The Village of Paw Paw has been selected as the recipient of a Recreational Passport grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Funding in the amount of $61,500 will be used to develop a universally accessible boat launch and install a natural shoreline at Sunset Park.  Funds from…

Rep. LaSata optimistic after revenue estimating conference

State Rep. Kim LaSata today said steady, sustainable economic growth will continue based on information presented to the House and Senate Appropriations committees during the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first look at the upcoming economic forecast. The report was compiled by the House and Senate Fiscal agencies and the state budget director….

Two local communities awarded DEQ water management grants

State Rep. Gary Howell today announced that the village of North Branch and Elba Township have each been awarded grants from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to improve wastewater and storm water management. Howell, of North Branch, said that the DEQ provides funds to local communities to assist in the planning, design and testing…

Rep. Gary Glenn: Reviewing last year in the Michigan House of Representatives

We can make life better in mid-Michigan by limiting the size of government and focusing it on what’s most important. The Legislature took significant steps in that direction during 2017. Our state budget reined in spending but still invested record amounts in K-12 education and improving roads, both vital to improving Michigan’s long-term economic future….

Glenn bill bans use of tax dollars to pay sexual harassment claims

Using taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim against a state or local government official — as Congress did to settle a claim against former Congressman John Conyers, D-Detroit — would be outlawed under legislation introduced Wednesday by a Bay County lawmaker. Associate Speaker Pro Tem Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., the sponsor of House…

Tedder bill to limit sanctions against student transfers

State Rep. Jim Tedder, of Clarkston, today testified before the House Education Reform Committee on his legislation to limit sanctions against students who transfer between school districts. The legislation is inspired by a current case involving Clarkston High School, where a student-athlete has been ruled ineligible to play basketball by the Michigan High School Athletic…

Rep. Brann optimistic as experts predict continued economic growth

State Rep. Tommy Brann today said he is optimistic about Michigan’s continued steady economic growth following presentation of the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, which is the first look at the upcoming economic forecast. The report was compiled by the House and Senate Fiscal agencies, the state budget director and other economic experts, and presented to…

Local residents can meet with Rep. McCready on Jan. 29

State Rep. Mike McCready will host an open office hour on Monday, Jan. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 3 of the Bloomfield Township Public Library, located at 1099 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Township. “I’m honored and committed to serve as the state representative to the 40th District,” Rep. McCready…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his January coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of January. “It has been my goal since being elected to this position to be as accessible as possible to the community,” VanderWall said. “I invite everyone to attend my coffee hours and to share their thoughts and concerns regarding state…

House approves Rep. LaSata bill to honor Trooper Robert J. Mihalik

Legislation renames highway in tribute to fallen MSP officer The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata to rename a portion of a highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik. The bill will rename a portion of Red Arrow Highway, between Glenlord and Hilltop…