COLUMN: It’s time for Michigan to let the sun shine in

This week, transparency advocates all across the country highlight the importance of open government by commemorating Sunshine Week. We all share the belief that government functions best when the sun shines in. In other words, a government must be open and accessible to the public in order to effectively serve its citizens. It’s embarrassing to…

Opinion: Greater support for our first responders

Published in The Detroit News Our law enforcement officers work tirelessly to keep us safe and maintain peace in our hometowns and across Michigan. They are brave and selfless men and women, but they face an incredible risk we must address. The suicide rate for law enforcement professionals is the second-highest of any profession. Last…

Rep. Eisen votes to support recreation opportunities for Harsens Island

State Rep. Gary Eisen voted this week in favor of a plan to complete a recreation project from Harsens Island along the Krispin Blueway and Harsen’s Island bike trail in St. Clair County. The legislation approved by the Michigan House of Representatives, with Eisen’s support, includes $86,200 to acquire approximately nine acres located on Harsens…

Rep. Glenn: Funding method for Governor’s roads plan will hurt taxpayers

Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, a member of the budget-setting House Appropriations Committee, on Friday rejected Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal in the upcoming fiscal year budget for a 45-cent tax increase on gas, but praised the governor’s call to repeal the 2011 income tax increase on retiree pensions. Both stances are consistent with what Glenn told…

Rep. Berman votes to bring all-inclusive playground to Commerce Twp.

State Rep. Ryan Berman today voted in support of a plan that would supply part of the funding necessary to build a 16,000 square foot all-inclusive playground at Commerce Township’s Dodge Park. The legislation approved by the House – with Berman’s support – includes funding for the Dodge Park playground dubbed “Scarlet’s Playground” in honor…

Rep. Griffin welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, welcomed Pastor Shannon Truelove from Full Gospel Assembly in Hartford to the state Capitol to lead Thursday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield…

Rep. Berman testifies on pair of bills in House Financial Services Committee

Plans address cryptocurrency, foreclosure processes State Rep. Ryan Berman, of Commerce Township, recently testified on his legislation protecting those wishing to re-purchase their foreclosed properties and updating the Michigan Penal Code to reflect technological advancements. House Bill 4105, part of a bipartisan package, expands the embezzlement definition within state law to include cryptocurrency to protect…

Rep. Vaupel: Modernizing horse betting would put Michigan on right track

Lawmaker’s proposal to increase revenue, boost agricultural industry To help the agricultural industry throughout Michigan, state Rep. Hank Vaupel today introduced a measure allowing people to use updated technologies for wagering on horse racing. Vaupel’s legislation is part of a wide-ranging bipartisan plan updating the way gaming is conducted and regulated statewide. Michigan tracks currently…

Rep. Marino votes to support lakeshore conservation and recreation

State Rep. Steve Marino voted today in favor of a plan to improve Waterfront Park in Harrison Township and to add acreage to two other Clinton Township parks. The legislation approved by the House of Representatives, with Marino’s support, includes $156,000 to remove an existing seawall at Waterfront Park along Jefferson Avenue and replace it…

Rep. Paquette supports plans to improve Grand Beach Nature Preserve

State Rep. Brad Paquette voted this week in favor of a plan to expand the Grand Beach Nature Preserve. The legislation approved by the House, with Paquette’s support, includes $2.4 million to acquire an additional 42 acres for the Grand Beach Nature Preserve and develop the land to include a non-motorized trail system. “We’re incredibly…

Hoitenga: Time’s up on switching our clocks

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today introduced a bill to eliminate the twice-yearly time change in Michigan. “Time change has been a nuisance to workers and students across Michigan for decades,” Hoitenga said. “The practice is antiquated and impractical, serving no real purpose. It’s time we put an end to it.” Hoitenga went on,…

Kahle legislation allows for best possible end-of-life care practices

Legislator’s plan allows hospices to properly manage pain for patients State Rep. Bronna Kahle today delivered testimony before the House Health Policy Committee on her legislation protecting the ability of hospices to promptly care for and manage patients with dignity during the last days of life. She was joined by Amy Francoeur, Director of Patient…

LaFave: Plan to save Menominee County judgeship passes House unanimously

State Rep. Beau LaFave today praised his colleagues in the House for unanimously approving a plan to save the 95-A District Court judgeship in Menominee County from elimination. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the legislation would reverse the 2012 action to eliminate the position, which is slated to take effect March 31 of this year….