Northern Michigan representatives unveil additional protections for Great Lakes

Plan improves pipeline safety, increases accountability Three northern Michigan representatives have introduced a plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. State Reps. Lee Chatfield, Sue Allor and Triston Cole said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to…

Rep. Tedder honors robotics world champions

State Rep. Jim Tedder recognized Clarkston High School’s Team RUSH 27 as winners of the 2018 FIRST Championship Global Robotics Competition on Tuesday. Rep. Tedder honored members of Team RUSH with a tribute and a special introduction at the Michigan House of Representatives. “These incredible students and innovators have achieved the unimaginable,” Rep. Tedder said….

Rep. Glenn: Updated ballast water plan will reinvigorate Michigan’s shipping industry

The state Legislature on Tuesday approved a proposal sponsored by state Rep. Gary Glenn to rekindle Michigan’s shipping industry while maintaining robust standards that keep invasive species from the Great Lakes. Michigan is saddled with the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export business to surrounding…

Rep. Webber: Budget focuses on key priorities to hard-working taxpayers

Fiscally responsible plan headed to the governor   State Rep. Michael Webber this week voted to approve a balanced state budget that cuts government spending, pays down debt, and focuses on issues important to hard-working taxpayers. Rep. Webber, of Rochester Hills, said the spending blueprint puts extra emphasis on repairing roads and bridges, training people…

Rep. Runestad calls for resignation of 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan

State Rep. Jim Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, today called for 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan to resign amidst a pattern of improper conduct, leading to ongoing investigations and a federal lawsuit. Brennan has been under investigation through the Judicial Tenure Commission in the wake of an affair with a Michigan State…

Rep. Lower votes for budget with focus on education, environment

Spending blueprint also addresses need for better roads   State Rep. James Lower this week added his vote in favor of a state budget that reins in government spending and directs funding where it is needed. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said the budget addresses many vital programs and projects to improve the quality of life…

Rep. Lauwers bill pivotal in restoring Michigan’s shipping industry

The state Legislature today approved a plan from state Rep. Dan Lauwers to bring back shipping jobs to Michigan while maintaining robust standards that keep invasive species from the Great Lakes. Michigan currently has the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export business to surrounding Great…

Michigan House approves Rep. Iden’s internet gaming bill

Measure will make it safer to play casino games online   The Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Brandt Iden to regulate internet gaming in Michigan. Rep. Iden, of Oshtemo Township, said his measure will allow online gaming only through currently existing land-based casinos, including any tribal casino that reworks its…

Rep. Chatfield announces funding for Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Funding included in new state budget   State Rep. Lee Chatfield today announced the state budget approved by the Legislature will fund construction at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor. Rep. Chatfield, of Levering, said the budget includes $1 million to fund the completion of the project. Rep. Chatfield said the…

Rep. Howell votes to approve efficient, effective state budget

Spending plan focuses on schools, public safety, recreation   State Rep. Gary Howell joined a majority of his House colleagues today in approving a budget for the coming fiscal year that contains record funding for K-12 education and roads while paying down debt. Rep. Howell, of North Branch, said the spending blueprint for the coming…