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…

Michigan House approves Rep. Wentworth’s plan to improve school safety

The Michigan House today approved a broad plan focused on improving safety in schools, including a statewide commission to review and help upgrade building security. The plan also would make the OK2SAY school safety program permanent, enhance training for law enforcement, require reporting procedures for school incidents and threats, and require safety-related measures in new…

Rep. Wentworth details plan to improve school safety to Michigan House panel

The Michigan House Appropriations Committee heard testimony today on a plan to improve school safety across the state. The plan includes the creation of a school safety commission to review safety procedures in Michigan schools and more resources for security improvements in school buildings across the state. Other parts of the plan would make the…

Rep. Wentworth announces system to improve school safety across Michigan

State Rep. Jason Wentworth today announced the centerpiece of a new plan to improve school safety in Michigan. Wentworth proposes creating a safe schools commission to review safety procedures in Michigan schools and provide resources to make security improvements in local districts across the state. Legislation connected to the plan is expected to be introduced…

Wentworth’s veteran service office legislation approved by House

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved a measure authored by state Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under Wentworth’s proposal, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based…

House approves bill to honor Army Spc. Robert M. Friese

Legislation names portion of Clare County highway after fallen soldier The Michigan House of Representatives this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Wentworth to name a portion of highway in Clare County after Army Spc. Robert M. Friese. Recently, Friese’s mother Cindy Friese, his fiancé Brittany Minterfering, and her mother and grandmother, Lori…

Wentworth’s veteran service office legislation clears committee

The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee approved legislation authored by State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare Tuesday encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under Wentworth’s proposal, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based…

Family testifies on bill to honor Army Spc. Robert M. Friese

Legislation names portion of Clare County highway after fallen soldier The family of deceased Army Specialist Robert M. Friese and Clare County Veteran Services Director Renee Haley joined state Rep. Jason Wentworth today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to name a portion of highway in Clare County after the fallen soldier. Friese’s mother…