House approves Rep. VanderWall bill updating ice shanty rules

State Rep. Curt VanderWall’s bill offering more flexibility in the rules regulating ice shanties placed on Michigan waterways was overwhelmingly approved last week by the Michigan House of Representatives. VanderWall’s legislation gives the Michigan Department of Natural Resources the ability to adjust ice shanty removal dates each year based on weather conditions. Current law sets…

House approves Rep. VanderWall bill to allow spouses of deceased veterans to keep special license plates

Retaining designation brings awareness to the sacrifice of veterans The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall to allow a surviving spouse of a disabled veteran to continue to use their disabled veteran license plate.  “Retaining this special license plate brings awareness to the sacrifice veterans have made,” said VanderWall, of…

Rep. VanderWall casts vote to end driver responsibility fees

Bipartisan legislation also forgives outstanding debt   State Rep. Curt VanderWall on Thursday voted for sweeping bipartisan legislation that brings an end to driver responsibility fees in October 2018 and forgives debt arising from the fees. VanderWall, of Ludington, said enactment of driver responsibility fees in 2003 was the reckless act of a past administration…

Rep. VanderWall supports guaranteed lower car insurance rates in Michigan

Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington today supported a plan to guarantee lower car insurance rates for all insured drivers in Michigan, which now has the most expensive coverage in the nation. The bill approved by the House Insurance Committee would lower car insurance costs by offering motorists personal injury protection coverage options, addressing medical costs,…

House approves Rep. VanderWall bill helping downtown Manistee landmark

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Curt VanderWall’s bill that would enhance civic, arts and social event opportunities in downtown Manistee and potentially other small towns across Michigan. VanderWall’s bill lowers the population threshold for local governments to receive special liquor licenses connected with a municipally owned civic center or auditorium. The legislation…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to November coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall welcomes residents to join him for upcoming coffee hours during the month of November. “Since being elected, I have held coffee hours each month,” said VanderWall of Ludington. “It is important that I am accessible to residents who may have questions regarding state government.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at the…

Rep. VanderWall co-sponsors measure calling for July 1 budget

Legislators would be docked pay for missing deadline   State Rep. Curt VanderWall recently signed on as a co-sponsor of a resolution changing the deadline for completion of the state budget to July 1. VanderWall, of Ludington, said House Joint Resolution X amends the Michigan Constitution by requiring the Legislature to present a balanced budget…

Rep. VanderWall votes to modernize disability windshield placard

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation supported by state Rep. Curt VanderWall updating the application process for a windshield disability placard. Michigan statute currently requires that a disability windshield placard display the first letter and the last three digits of a person’s driver’s license number, or the first letter and the last four…

VanderWall bill offers more flexibility for ice shanty owners

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall increases the flexibility of rules regulating ice shanties placed on Michigan waterways. VanderWall’s bill gives the Michigan Department of Natural Resources the ability to adjust ice shanty removal dates each year based on weather conditions. Current law sets precise dates by which ice shanties must be removed from…

Rep. VanderWall casts vote to prohibit local taxes on food

Levies would hurt families, farmers, job creators   State Rep. Curt VanderWall today voted for a bill prohibiting local governments from imposing excise taxes on food and beverages. VanderWall, of Ludington, said a local tax on food would have a devastating impact on families that are already struggling to put food on the table. He…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to October coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall welcomes residents to join him for upcoming coffee hours during the month of October. “I am committed to holding coffee hours every month,” said VanderWall of Ludington. “It is important for me to be accessible to people who have questions or concerns about state government.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at…

Rep. VanderWall: Bill would help historic landmark in downtown Manistee

Rep. Curt VanderWall testified today in support of his bill that would enhance civic, arts and social event opportunities in downtown Manistee and potentially other small towns across Michigan. VanderWall’s bill would lower the population threshold for local governments to receive special liquor licenses connected with a municipally owned civic center or auditorium. The legislation…

Rep. VanderWall: Proposal to lower auto insurance rates step in right direction

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today attended the announcement of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers. VanderWall is reviewing legislation introduced today that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering…