Johnson plan protects those using flavored vaping products to quit smoking

State Rep. Steve Johnson, of Wayland, today testified in support of his plan exempting low nicotine level flavored vaping products from the governor’s flavored vaping ban. Under the governor’s ban, all retailers, vape re-sellers and distributors are prohibited from selling any flavored e-cigarette products besides the flavor of tobacco, regardless of nicotine levels. “It’s quite…

Rep. LaFave invites residents to October office hours

Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced his October office hours for residents of Dickinson, Menominee, and Delta counties. “I look forward to seeing everyone at my upcoming office hours,” Rep. LaFave said. “We have been doing a lot of good things in Lansing to benefit everyday Yoopers.” The office hours schedule is as follows:…

Defending School Safety

By State Rep. Beth Griffin On Sept. 30, Gov. Whitmer slashed millions of dollars from critical government services in an attempt to chastise the Legislature for refusing to include her unrealistic 45-cent gas tax increase in the budget. Instead, she’s hurt some of our most vulnerable citizens with her vindictive actions. One of her cuts…

Rep. Whiteford spearheads plan to address mental health of prisoners after release

Establishing discharge plan would ensure seamless transition for parolees State Rep. Mary Whiteford today testified before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee in support of her plan to ensure people who are treated for mental health and substance abuse disorders in prison continue receiving treatment upon their release. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said about 20 percent…

House panel hears O’Malley plan ramping up school bus safety

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today testified before the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee in support of his bipartisan plan to improve school bus safety in Michigan. “Too many motorists, whether it be distracted driving or improper knowledge of the requirement to stop for a school bus when its stop sign…

Hoitenga plan restoring Second Amendment rights clears House committee

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today approved state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan implementing Constitutional Carry in Michigan. Hoitenga’s measure is part of a five-bill package that would eliminate current restrictions and penalties associated with carrying concealed weapons. “This is about giving people back their fundamental right to bear arms and ensure law-abiding…

Highway, local road naming to receive needed framework under Rep. O’Malley plan

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, today provided testimony for his proposal to update Michigan’s memorial roadway naming process. House Bill 4784 clarifies that state highways can be named for members of the military, law enforcement, emergency service personnel or corrections officers who have died in the line of duty. Congressional…

Rep. Chatfield sets local fall/winter office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield is inviting residents to join him during local office hours for the months of September and October. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Friday, November 1st, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Sault Area Chamber of Commerce 2581 Interstate 75 Business Spur Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 Friday, December 13, 10:00 – 11:00…

Rep. Green announces October office hours

State Rep. Phil Green invites residents to attend his local office hours on Monday, Oct. 28. “Holding regular office hours is a great way to ensure I continue to fight for what is important to you,” Green said. “I encourage everyone with questions, thoughts, and ideas to attend.” Rep. Green will be available at the…

Chair Hernandez continues stand against tax-and-spend road plans

State Rep. Shane Hernandez, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement in response to recent comments made by Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajegba on the need for a new 80-cent per gallon gas tax on Michigan drivers: “First Gov. Whitmer laughed at the idea of a 20-cent per gallon…

Rep. Glenn: Give Gov. Whitmer a second chance to do the right thing

By Rep. Annette Glenn, R- Midland Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, after vetoing nearly $1 billion from this year’s state budget, summoned nearly two dozen high-powered lobbyists — representing dozens of special interests in Lansing — to an Oct. 1st meeting with her staff. The governor’s representatives delivered an eyebrow-raising message, summarized by Crain’s Detroit Business as:…

Rep. Hauck’s bipartisan ‘Raise the Age’ plan advances to governor’s desk

State Rep. Roger Hauck’s plan to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Hauck said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit the most…