Rep. VanSingel: Bail reforms needed to address jail overcrowding

State Rep. Scott VanSingel this week introduced a comprehensive plan addressing the overcrowding of Michigan jails. VanSingel, of Grant, said approximately 41 percent of the people housed in Michigan’s county jails are there because they cannot post bail. “I take public safety and criminal justice very seriously,” VanSingel said. “But people who are accused of…

Rep. Lucido honors Nitsches Meats & Deli for 30 years of service to Shelby Township

State Rep. Peter Lucido presented the Kiel Family of Nitsches Meats & Deli, in Shelby Township, with a special tribute recognizing the shop’s 30th anniversary, Thursday. “This tribute recognizes the owners, management and staff of Nitsches Meats & Deli, not only for their wonderful service and delicious meats and deli products, but for what they…

Rep. Hornberger: Bail reforms needed to address jail overcrowding

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger this week introduced a comprehensive plan addressing the overcrowding of Michigan jails. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said approximately 41 percent of the people housed in Michigan’s county jails are there because they cannot post bail. “The system is broken,” Hornberger said. “Too many people accused of minor crimes are stuck in…

Rep. Farrington plan improves forensic interview training process

State Rep. Diana Farrington’s plan offering the professionals who interview young crime victims additional training opportunities has been signed into law. Farrington, of Utica, said the best way for professionals to gain knowledge and understanding of proper interview procedures is to view real-life examples from across Michigan, which the new law allows. “Interviewing children involved…

Rep. Lucido plan establishing new protocol for pawned items is signed

A proposal from state Rep. Peter Lucido that helps police and pawnbrokers deal with stolen items was recently signed into Michigan state law. When following up on reported theft, police will monitor activity at area pawnshops in case items in question turn up. The plan grants law enforcement the ability to put a written hold…

Rep. Howell receives inaugural Legislator of the Year Award from Ducks Unlimited

  State Rep. Gary Howell has been named the Legislator of the Year in Michigan by Ducks Unlimited – the first time that the honor has been awarded. Howell (R-North Branch) received the award at Michigan Ducks Unlimited’s annual meeting in Harbor Springs. The group has roughly 28,000 members nationwide across 130 chapters, specializing in…

Rep. Cole’s bill to allow snow plow drivers to use amber lights signed into law

Measure increases roadway safety for Michigan drivers Legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to give snow plow drivers the flexibility to display flashing amber lights while actively plowing has been signed into law. Cole said private plow trucks will have the ability to use their flashing amber lights to safely alert motorists when they…

Rep. Allor announces October office hours

State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today invited people to sit down with her during office hours this month in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties. “Meeting face-to-face with residents helps me better serve our district,” Allor said. “I encourage people to attend, share their concerns and ask questions.” Allor will be available…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Oct. 7, 2018

I want to thank Sam Champagne, House policy committee advisor of the House Health Policy Committee, for his service in assisting with legislation. Sam Champagne was presented a tribute for his work and dedication to the Michigan House.  He is leaving for a position in the private sector, and we wish him well on his…

Rep. Calley welcomes winners of summer reading contest to state Capitol

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomed four students and their families to the Capitol to be junior representatives for a day and experience the life of a Michigan state representative. Local students entered the contest by reading books over the summer, filling out a bookmark with their name and the list of books that they read,…