Michigan House unanimously approves Rep. Whiteford’s plan for stillborn tax exemption

The Michigan House today unanimously approved state Rep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation assisting parents of a stillborn baby through a Michigan income tax personal exemption. “This is about what’s most important – our families, particularly those going through the very difficult time after losing a baby,” said Whiteford, of Allegan County’s Casco Township. “There is nothing…

Rep. Afendoulis invites residents to April office hours

State Rep. Chris Afendoulis announced his upcoming office hours for the month of April. “I always look forward to meeting with my constituents, updating them on what is going on in Lansing, and answering any questions they have regarding state government,” Afendoulis said. “I invite all residents to join me for office hours.” Rep. Afendoulis…

Rep. Whiteford announces April office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will host local office hours on Monday, April 23. “Getting feedback from my constituents is a crucial aspect of my commitment to Allegan County residents,” Whiteford said. “I look forward to hearing what is important to Allegan County residents and making sure that follows me to Lansing.” Rep….

Committee approves Theis bills to protect underage crime victims

Livingston County victims, families testify in support of three-bill plan Two Livingston County victims of sex crimes today testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Rep. Lana Theis’ legislation to protect underage victims on school property. The committee approved the three-bill plan, which was prompted by a recent Livingston County case where a…

Rep. Hughes, Bletsch family testify for victim statements bill

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Holly Hughes (right) today testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, supporting legislation to require convicted criminals hear victim impact statements during a sentencing hearing. The committee later unanimously approved the bill. The legislation was inspired by a Muskegon County case where the convicted murderer of Rebekah Bletsch was allowed to leave…

Rep. Kelly approves record funding in School Aid budget

Subcommittee approves $14.8 billion for state’s students State Rep. Tim Kelly, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid, today voted to increase funding by $120 to $240 per student as part of the School Aid budget. The $312 million increase means local districts will receive from $7,871 to $8,409 for each student during…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his April coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of April. “Holding coffee hours every month provides an opportunity to inform the community on what is going on in Lansing and answer their questions regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall…

Reps. Albert and Afendoulis to host senior seminar

State Reps. Thomas Albert and Chris Afendoulis will host a seminar for senior citizens in Kent County. The senior seminar will focus on consumer protection and information to defend against identity theft. Reps. Albert and Afendoulis will be joined by Harry Werkema from the attorney general’s office. “It is important to keep the community informed…

Hoitenga calls proposed registration fees for kayaks, canoes ‘absurd’

Legislator opposes increased taxation for Michigan outdoor enthusiasts State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today expressed her disappointment with a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission to require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. “Don’t be fooled by the lingo in this proposal,” said Hoitenga, of Manton, “this registration…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Crawford on May 17

State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi invites residents to attend her “Coffee with Crawford” monthly office hour on Thursday, May 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Salem-South Lyon District Library, 9800 Pontiac Trail in South Lyon. “Monthly office hours are a great way to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Crawford said….

House plan protects Michigan deer from deadly disease

State Reps. Jim Lower, Tom Barrett and Thomas Albert today introduced a proactive plan to protect Michigan deer from chronic wasting disease. Chronic wasting disease, a lethal illness that has decimated deer, elk and moose populations in other states, was first identified in Michigan in May 2015. As of March 2018, 57 free-ranging deer have…

Rep. Albert introduces bill to enact high standards for breeding of large carnivores

Bill promotes conservation and safety of animals and patrons LANSING – State Rep. Thomas Albert today introduced new legislation that would provide high standards for the breeding of large carnivores to promote conservation and animal safety. “This important legislation promotes the health and safety of animals and creates high standards for conservation breeding programs in…