Michigan House hoists Rep. Wentworth’s flag measure with approval

State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today addressed a passionate group of military veterans, first responders and families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty at the Capitol during a rally to support his plan encouraging businesses to show patriotism by honoring fallen heroes. At the “Let the Flags Fly” celebration,…

Rep. Wentworth votes to establish juvenile mental health courts

State Rep. Jason Wentworth today voted to support an innovative plan to create specialized juvenile mental health courts in Michigan. Wentworth, a member of the House CARES mental health task force, said mental health courts successfully help struggling people address their problems through court-based treatment programs, reducing recidivism in Michigan. “Unfortunately, mental health programs for…

Rep. Wentworth: Plan creates veteran career opportunities

Military members who were honorably discharged and are transitioning into civilian life are one step closer to being able to utilize the skills they’ve learned throughout their service to obtain gainful employment. The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan cosponsored by state Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, creating a pilot program allowing highly trained,…

Rep. Wentworth elected to key House leadership position

State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, has been elected as speaker pro-tempore for the 2019-2020 legislative session of the Michigan House of Representatives. Wentworth will be second in line in leadership of the 110 members of the Michigan House of Representatives. “I am honored to be selected by my colleagues in the House to fill…

Rep. Wentworth’s plan to jumpstart rural economy gains House approval

Measure aims to boost job creation in small towns State Rep. Jason Wentworth’s plan to help small businesses in rural areas of Michigan was recently approved by the Michigan House with bipartisan support. Wentworth, of Clare, said the Rural Jobs Act aims to give small job creators in counties with populations of 200,000 or less…

Rep. Wentworth: It’s not the flag, it’s the story behind it

State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today testified before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in support of his plan encouraging businesses to show patriotism by honoring fallen heroes. Under Wentworth’s proposal, businesses would not be prevented or prohibited by an ordinance from displaying signs or flags commemorating military heroes, police officers, firefighters and…

Rep. Wentworth announces updated office hours, locations

State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today announced his new office hour schedule and meeting locations for residents of Arenac, Gladwin, Clare and Osceola counties. “Being as accessible as possible to residents is the most vital and rewarding part of the job for me,” Wentworth said. “With the slight change in my office hour schedule,…

Rep. Wentworth named top legislator by police association

School safety legislation, public safety votes help earn important honor State Rep. Jason Wentworth was recently named Legislator of the Year by the Police Officers Association of Michigan. “Working to ensure the safety of Michigan’s law-abiding residents is one of my most important responsibilities,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “As an Army veteran and former police…

Reps. Hoitenga, Wentworth tout Osceola County grant

Productive reuse of property can grow, sustain areas of Northern Michigan State Reps. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, and Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today announced the future implementation of an $83,000 Brownfield Redevelopment grant for Osceola County. The grants, provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, help to evaluate sites around the state for potential…

Rep. Wentworth’s county veteran fund becomes a law

A $2.1 million grant program proposed by state Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices was signed into law Monday by the governor. Under the new law, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000. To continue receiving the grant, an…

Rep. Wentworth offers common-sense plan for occupational licensing

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Wentworth reducing the burden on businesses, their employees and consumers through new occupational licensing guidelines was advanced in a vote on Tuesday by the House Local Government Committee. Within the multi-bill plan Wentworth has sponsored, local governments in Michigan will not be allowed to have licensing requirements for occupations…

Rep. Wentworth influences federal action on equity fairness for veterans

State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, was recently instrumental in the enactment of a federal plan extending fairness to veterans in the housing market. Wentworth was the first to raise concerns to the Home Builders Association of Michigan (HBA) on how the VA was rejecting VA home loans to veterans under Michigan’s previous site condo…

Rep. Wentworth encourages businesses to honor country, community heroes

State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, Wednesday introduced legislation encouraging businesses to display patriotism and honor fallen heroes. Under Wentworth’s proposal, businesses would not be prevented or prohibited by an ordinance from displaying signs or flags on or within the premises to promote patriotism and commemorate military heroes, police officers, firefighters and first responders who…

Rep. Wentworth unveils plan to jumpstart rural economy

Measure aims to boost job creation in small towns   State Rep. Jason Wentworth today unveiled his plan to increase economic investments in rural areas of Michigan with the goal of reversing the damaging effects of the Great Recession still being felt in less populated areas. Wentworth, of Clare, said the Rural Jobs Act aims…

Rep. Wentworth, House advance plan to protect due process rights

State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare today voted to approve a plan protecting the civil liberties of all people in Michigan. The legislation will still allow law enforcement to seize property based on probable cause, but requires a criminal conviction before law enforcement agencies can take ownership of personal property using the civil asset forfeiture…