Committee approves Rep. Miller’s teaching certification bill

The House Education Reform Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Aaron Miller’s legislation to eliminate a professional teaching certification mandate, giving instructors more choice and time to work on classroom quality. “New teachers need to teach, not go back into the classroom for more studying and more testing after recently finishing college to get new…

House approves Rep. Lucido bill to improve safety of Michigan drivers

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Peter Lucido to require the drivers training curriculum to include instruction on what to do if pulled over by law enforcement. Currently, it is not an educational requirement to teach drivers what to do when pulled over. “In recent years across the country we’ve…

Rep. Bellino supports bills to improve student protection

Legislation is in response to Nassar scandal at MSU State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today pledged his support for legislation to better protect victims involved in criminal sexual conduct-based offenses, in response to the recent scandal at Michigan State University. “There were more than 200 girls and young women in the Larry Nassar case…

Rep. Rendon announces state grant and loan for the Grayling Northern Market

State Rep. Daire Rendon today announced the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will be awarding the Crawford County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority a $175,000 grant and a $175,000 loan to convert a former saw mill into a city market. The grant and loan will help determine whether the former saw mill’s operations contaminated the site, and…

House committee approves Rep. Tedder bill to expand school zone speed limits

Legislation enforces school zone speed limits to overhead pedestrian walkways The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Tedder to expand school zone speed limits to roads with an overhead crosswalk. Under current Michigan law, school zone speed limits cannot be enforced on highways where overhead pedestrian…

Rep. Cole welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona welcomed Father Nicholas Cooper to the state Capitol to give Thursday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Cooper is the current associate pastor of St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a…

LaFave: Grant helps increase access for Upper Peninsula veteran services

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain cosponsored legislation Wednesday encouraging counties across the state to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under the measure, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in…

Albert: Grant helps expand Ionia County veteran services

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell cosponsored legislation Wednesday encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county under the proposed legislation….

Rep. Noble approves of bills to improve student protection

State Rep. Jeff Noble, of Northville, today announced his support for legislation to better protect victims of criminal sexual conduct-based offenses. The three-bill package is in response to the recent Michigan State University scandal involving Larry Nassar. “It was absolutely heart-wrenching to hear one young woman after another testify that they had no voice in…

Rep. Marino: It’s time to increase fees for politicians

Legislation would increase funding for local governments State Rep. Steve Marino, R-Harrison Township, today testified before the House Elections and Ethics Committee in support of legislation he spearheaded to increase filing fees for candidates seeking election to various offices. Marino said the filing fees state candidates can opt to pay in lieu of circulating a…

Rep. Glenn helps sponsor plan to improve services for Michigan’s military veterans

State Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Williams Township) this week cosponsored and supported a package of bills to improve services for military veterans throughout Michigan. The legislation encourages Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices within their borders through a new grant program. Each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would…

Rep. Kelly approves bills expanding educational choice

State Rep. Tim Kelly, chair of the House Education Reform Committee, today voted in his committee for a legislation to expand the Michigan Educational Savings Program to K-12 students. “This program is needed to help address growing costs of education, especially with added specialized instruction and extra-curricular programs,” said Kelly, of Saginaw Township. “This has…