Rep. Farrington plans consumer education forum on identity theft

State Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica has scheduled a consumer education event in partnership with the Michigan Attorney General’s office to educate residents on identity theft. The forum will feature information on how to protect against identity theft and what steps to take in the event you become a victim of this crime. “Our personal…

Rep. Iden promotes Oct. 7-8 as ‘Buy Nearby’ weekend in Michigan

State Rep. Brandt Iden, who serves on the House Committee on Commerce and Trade, today offered support for a resolution underscoring this coming weekend as part of a year-round campaign to promote shopping at local retail businesses. “Buy Nearby” is in its fifth year as a promotional commercial slogan and encourages Michigan residents to ensure…

Rep. Cole: Ban on local food taxes benefits families, farmers

Legislator votes for bill prohibiting taxation   State Rep. Triston Cole today voted for legislation to prohibit local governments from imposing taxes on the manufacture and sale of food and beverages. Cole, of Mancelona, said he is fully behind the measure prohibiting municipal governments from adding a tax on food. The Michigan Food Access and…

House committee debates oversight of free speech on Michigan’s public campuses

            The House Oversight Committee today heard testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad to clarify the Legislature’s ability to provide by law for the protection of free speech at Michigan’s public higher education institutions.             The amendment would clarify that public university autonomy does not preclude the Legislature from…

Rep. Kahle welcomes student ‘Rep for a Day’

Summer reading contest winner visits Capitol PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle today welcomed Isabelle Brooks, of Adrian, to the state Capitol. Isabelle was selected as the winner of Rep. Kahle’s summer reading contest and was ‘Rep. for a Day.’ Isabelle, a student at Lincoln Elementary School in Hudson, read over 130 books during the…

Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, Oct. 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee County District Library, 4459 US – BUS 223 in Adrian. “I enjoy the opportunity to connect with people in the community and hear what matters most to them,”…

Rep. Lucido testifies on bill allowing parents to better protect their children

State Rep. Peter Lucido today testified before the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee in support of his bill allowing parents and guardians to better protect their families by legally allowing them to monitor their minor children’s phone conversations. Under current law, it is illegal to overhear, record, amplify, or transmit private conversations without the…

House approves legislation to curb fraud in public administrator system

Runestad, Ellison bills ensure heirs of estates are not robbed of assets Legislation introduced by state Reps. Jim Runestad and Jim Ellison to prevent fraud in Michigan’s public administrator system received unanimous bipartisan support today in the Michigan House of Representatives. The public administrator system is in place to provide representation for estates where a…

Rep. Cole bill allows private marriages between minors to be made public

Local couple celebrating 50th anniversary wants to see their marriage on public record The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Triston Cole to allow private marriages between minors to be made public after both parties are at least 18. Under current law, only persons at least 18 years…

Rep. Bellino votes for bill banning local taxes on food

Levies would hurt families, farmers, job creators   State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted for legislation prohibiting local governments from imposing taxes on food and beverages. Bellino, of Monroe, said local taxes on food recently levied in parts of Illinois and Pennsylvania had immediate negative impact on those communities. He said the Michigan House is…

Rep. Kelly votes for bill prohibiting local taxes on food

House passes measure with bipartisan support   State Rep. Tim Kelly today voted for legislation prohibiting local governments from placing taxes on the manufacture, distribution and sale of all food and beverages. Kelly, of Saginaw Township, said he signed on in support of the bill, introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker, because some…