House approves Rep. Rendon bill to honor veterans

Bill unanimously approved by House The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation authored by state Rep. Daire Rendon to name a portion of a highway in between Lake City and Kalkaska as the Veterans Highway. “Veterans Highway is to commemorate all of the men and women who have served and continue to serve…

Rep. Whiteford announces summer reading contest for local students

State Rep.  Mary Whiteford announced the start of her summer reading program throughout the community, which encourages children to read over the summer months and win a chance to join Rep. Whiteford in Lansing for a day. “I encourage children to participate and read as many books as possible this summer,” Whiteford said. “This contest…

House approves flexibility in insurance agent education standards

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, to provide flexibility for the continuing education standards for insurance agents, was overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday with 105 votes in support. Current Michigan law requires agents to complete 24 hours of professional development courses over a two-year span to be up-to-date on proper…

Rep. Barrett performs military swearing in ceremony

PHOTO ADVISORY: Robert Donovic, center right, was sworn into the military by Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, center left, on the state Capitol steps Tuesday. As a war officer, Barrett is the only state representative able to swear in new initiates. Donovic, of Redford, will join the Michigan Army National Guard. Donovic was joined by…

Rep. Jeff Noble’s June Column

Over the past month we have been hard at work in the legislature. As a strong believer in the Second Amendment, law-abiding citizens shouldn’t have to seek the government’s permission to exercise their right to bear arms. Personal protection is something I do not take lightly. This common-sense legislation returns to the people their fundamental…

Rep. LaSata announces summer reading contest

State Representative Kim LaSata announced the start of her summer reading program throughout the community, which encourages children to read over the summer months and win a chance to join Rep. LaSata in Lansing for a day. “Reading is such an important skill that creates life-long benefits,” LaSata said. “I hope children take advantage of…

Rep. Kahle’s human trafficking bill signed into law

State Rep. Bronna Kahle’s legislation to expand “safe harbor” protections to victims of human trafficking has been signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. House Bill 4219, now Public Act 34 of 2017, protects more human trafficking victims by expanding the eligibility provisions in state law, allowing for counseling and the opportunity to avoid a…

Rep. Canfield announces summer office hours schedule

State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. invites residents to join him for in-district office hours on June 30 and July 24 at the following locations: Friday, June 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Caseville Village Hall, 6767 Main St. in Caseville; and Monday, July 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. at Vassar City Hall,…

Rep. Webber hosts coffee hour in district

State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills will host a coffee hour for residents of the Greater Rochester Area interested in sharing their thoughts and questions with the representative. Webber will be at the Festival of the Hills. The event includes children’s games, live entertainment and Michigan’s 2nd largest fireworks show. The family friendly event…

House panel advances Hornberger’s bill protecting children in abuse cases

The House Judiciary Committee has advanced legislation introduced by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger to bring additional clarity to legal matters involving the allegation of child abuse. Hornberger’s measure is part of a three-bill bipartisan package requiring all forensic interviews conducted with children involved in abuse and neglect investigations to be recorded on video. Specifically, her…

Rep. Crawford announces summer office hours

State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi invites local residents to attend “Coffee with Crawford” on Wednesday, June 28. “I always look forward to meeting with residents from around our community,” Crawford said. “Listening to everyone’s thoughts is one of the most rewarding experiences that comes with this position.” Rep. Crawford will be available to meet…