Senate approves Rep. Potvin bill to remove hiring restrictions for schools

Lawmaker: Schools should have authority to hire best teacher for the job State Rep. Phil Potvin’s bill to repeal a regulation that limits the ability of schools to hire quality special education teachers was approved today by the Michigan Senate. House Bill 5796 eliminates a requirement that local school districts give hiring preference to special…

Rep. Potvin welcomes local school group to Capitol

State Rep. Phil Potvin met today with students from St. Mary’s School in Big Rapids who were taking part in the annual Student Technology Showcase at the Michigan State Capitol. The Thunder Colts from robotics team 7837 displayed their robot, which they will compete with in the FIRST robotics statewide competition this month. Carey Mathewson,…

Rep. Potvin welcomes Big Rapids officials to Lansing for bill-signing

New law increases opportunities for recreational partnerships State Rep. Phil Potvin today welcomed a number of Big Rapids officials to Lansing for a ceremonial presentation in recognition of legislation Rep. Potvin and Sen. Darwin Booher sponsored to encourage new recreational opportunities in local communities. Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba, Assistant City Manager Mark Gifford, Parks…

Rep. Potvin to meet with residents in Barryton Sept. 19

State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, is holding office hours Monday, Sept. 19, to meet with residents of the 102nd House District. He will be available from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Williams Café, 19636 30th Ave. in Barryton. “I regret that I wasn’t able to make it to Barryton last month, and I’m looking forward…

Rep. Potvin hosts local heroes for 9/11 ceremony at Capitol

Cadillac police officers join lawmaker in Lansing State Rep. Phil Potvin today welcomed Cadillac Police Chief Todd Golnick and Capt. Eric Eller to the state Capitol for the annual 9/11 memorial service conducted by the Michigan House of Representatives. The ceremony marked the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, and…

Rep. Potvin plans office hours Aug. 29 in Mesick, Cadillac, Stanwood

State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, is holding office hours at three locations in the 102nd House District on Monday, Aug. 29. “I’m looking forward to sitting down with residents in Mesick, Cadillac and Stanwood,” Rep. Potvin said. “People are welcome to come and share their thoughts and concerns, or ask me any questions they have…

Rep. Potvin to reschedule office hours set for Aug. 25 in Barryton, Remus

Lawmaker available to meet with residents Aug. 24 State Rep. Phil Potvin today announced his office hours scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25, have been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. “I regret that a scheduling conflict has forced me to cancel these events,” said Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac. “Meeting with residents in Barryton…

Rep. Potvin hosting in-district office hours on Aug. 24-25

State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, invites residents of the 102nd House District to attend office hour sessions in Tustin, Reed City, Barryton and Remus on Aug. 24 and 25. “I always look forward to these informal meetings,” Rep. Potvin said. “They offer a great opportunity for me to listen to what matters to people here…

Rep. Potvin schedules office hours in Big Rapids

State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, will hold office hours from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Cranker’s Restaurant & Brewery, 213 S. State St. in Big Rapids. “Meetings like this offer a great opportunity for me to listen to the concerns of people from our community,” Rep. Potvin said. “These open discussions help…

Rep. Potvin’s recreation partnership bill approved by Senate

State Rep. Phil Potvin’s bill allowing school districts to partner with other municipalities for recreational purposes was unanimously approved by the Senate. Current law allows municipalities to form partnerships in order to provide recreational opportunities to their residents. However, the Recreational Authorities Act only defines a municipality as a city, county, village or township. House…

Rep. Potvin announces May office hours this Friday

State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, invites residents of the 102nd House District to attend office hours this Friday in Morley and Barryton. “I always look forward to meeting with residents in our district,” Rep. Potvin said. “I encourage people to attend so we may discuss the issues they feel passionately about.” Rep. Potvin’s May office…

Cadillac reverend gives invocation at state House

Father Bryan Medlin from St. Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac was welcomed by state Rep. Phil Potvin to give the invocation today for the Michigan House of Representatives. “Father Medlin gave an inspiring invocation at the start of House session today,” said Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac. “It was my pleasure to welcome him to Lansing. His…

House approves Rep. Potvin’s recreation partnership legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation introduced by Rep. Phil Potvin that will amend the Recreational Authorities Act to add school districts to the list of entities allowed to join a municipal recreational authority. Cities, counties, villages and townships are currently allowed to come together and form a recreational authority. House Bill…