Rep. Pscholka’s bill to boost local energy savings heads to the governor

A bill introduced by state Rep. Al Pscholka providing flexibility for local government authorities to make energy-saving improvements to their facilities was recently approved by the state Senate and is awaiting signature by the governor House Bill 6036 gives local government authorities the latitude to enter into more energy-conservation improvement projects that will be paid…

Rep. Pscholka’s ag credits bill gets final legislative approval

Measure awaits governor’s signature   The Michigan Senate last week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Al Pscholka allowing families to claim agriculture tax credits if the owner of the farmland dies. The Senate passed House Bill 5720, which enables an estate or trust to claim remaining Farmland Development Rights Agreement, more commonly known as…

Rep. Pscholka posts perfect voting record over six years

State Rep. Al Pscholka finished his sixth year in the Michigan House of Representatives with a perfect voting record. Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville, took part in all 1,532 roll-call votes in 2011 and 2012; 1,345 votes in 2013 and 2014; and every one of 1,263 recorded votes during the current session. He made it a priority…

Rep. Pscholka welcomes Pearl Harbor survivor to House floor

State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, joined his colleagues today on the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to welcome survivor Don Bloomfield, 95, of Midland, to the House floor. The U.S. Army veteran was a 20-year-old soldier stationed at Camp Malakole on Oahu when the surprise attack on U.S. naval and air…

House approves Rep. Pscholka’s bill extending ag tax credits to estates

Surviving family members can file for unclaimed refunds   The Michigan House today approved a bill authored by state Rep. Al Pscholka that allows families to claim Farmland Development Rights Agreement tax credits if the owner of the farmland passes away. Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville, said House Bill 5720 enables the estate or trust to claim…

House OKs Rep. Pscholka’s bill limiting use of Rainy Day Fund

Stabilization Fund should not be subject to raid   The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Al Pscholka that prohibits a governor from raiding the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund (BSF) to fill holes in the budget. Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville, said the BSF, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund, was eviscerated during…

Rep. Pscholka named top House lawmaker by Restaurant Association

State Rep. Al Pscholka today was named the House Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA). Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville, said he is honored by the recognition from the association, which is presented annually to a member of the House acknowledging their commitment to a vibrant restaurant industry in this state. “The restaurant…

It’s official: U.S. 31 project listed on MDOT 5-year plan

State Rep. Al Pscholka today said construction of the final phase of the U.S. 31 corridor project will begin between 2017 and 2021, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) five-year plan. MDOT announced the $1.5 million appropriation earlier this year to complete the long-awaited and often-delayed right-of-way work to connect U.S. 31 to…

Gov. Snyder signs legislation expanding Good Samaritan law

Reps. Pscholka, Singh say changes will help prevent overdose deaths Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed into law bipartisan legislation introduced by state Reps. Al Pscholka and Sam Singh to expand the Good Samaritan law, extending limited exemptions from prosecution to individuals of any age for overdoses involving all controlled substances. House Bill 5649, introduced…

Good Samaritan bills head to governor for signature

Reps. Pscholka, Singh: Changes will save lives   The Michigan House today finalized bills that expand the Good Samaritan law, granting limited exemption from prosecution to people of any age reporting a possible drug overdose to law enforcement or emergency medical authorities. The House approved House Bill 5649, introduced by state Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville,…

Rep. Pscholka uncorks grant for LMC wine institute

Program prepares students for growing vintner industry   A $1 million state grant will help establish the Great Lakes Wine Institute at Lake Michigan College, which will prepare students for careers in the growing Michigan wine industry. State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, said the grant came from the Michigan Talent and Economic Development (TED) Agency,…

Berrien sheriff, chaplain join Rep. Pscholka for Sept. 11 ceremony

House session memorializes those who died in the line of duty   Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey and the department’s Chief Chaplain Brian Hall joined state Rep. Al Pscholka as his guests during the House’s Sept. 11 memorial ceremony today. Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville, also asked Hall to offer the invocation to open the ceremony, during…

Rep. Pscholka hails committee passage of survivor benefits bill

Lawmaker says measure will help families of fallen heroes   State Rep. Al Pscholka, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, today applauded bipartisan passage of a bill providing health care coverage for the surviving spouse and dependents of public safety officers who died in the line of duty. Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville, said the panel’s…

Rep. Pscholka applauds Gov. Snyder’s signing of school budget

State Rep. Al Pscholka today said Gov. Rick Snyder’s signing of the school aid budget for the coming fiscal year increases K-12 spending and boosts per-pupil foundation grants for districts across the state. Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville, who chairs the House Committee on Appropriations, said signing of the fiscal blueprint three months ahead of the Oct….

Grant enhances recreational access to Paw Paw River

Reps. Pscholka, Nesbitt applaud enhancements   State Reps Al Pscholka and Aric Nesbitt today announced a $100,000 grant to clear debris in the Paw Paw River water trail and provide access sites for canoes and kayaks. Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville, who serves as chair of the House Committee on Appropriations, has worked with local communities and…