Rep. Hughes’ bills to address substitute teacher shortage approved by state House

Two bills by state Rep. Holly Hughes, giving local districts added flexibility in finding qualified substitute teachers to work in Michigan classrooms, was approved by the state House of Representatives today. “We need to remove the barriers that would otherwise allow qualified individuals in our classrooms,” said Hughes, of Montague. “To hear in committee testimony…

Rep. Howell hails House budget approval

State Rep. Gary Howell voted on Tuesday for approval of the House version of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and funds the state at a level below that recommended by the governor. Howell, of North Branch, voted in favor of the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative blueprint…

Rep. Frederick votes for professionals in CTE classrooms

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso voted in support of legislation today that will provide flexibility for local school districts to allow professionals to substitute teach in high-demand career and technical education (CTE) programs. “If a school district has a substitute teaching candidate with real-world experience in the field, that’s a benefit to each student…

Rep. Lucido’s juror compensation bill approved by state House

Michigan has taken one step closer to increasing juror pay to anyone called to serve in civil and criminal court proceedings after the state House unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Peter Lucido today. Lucido’s legislation increases individual juror pay by $5 – if the state’s Juror Compensation Reimbursement Fund, which reimburses local and…

Rep. Allor commends budget focus on natural resources

State Rep. Sue Allor on Tuesday voted for passage of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget. Allor, of Wolverine, who serves as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources and vice chair of the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services,…

House approves fiscally responsible state budget

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger joined her colleagues Tuesday in passage of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, voted to approve the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative blueprint that invests in the state’s future. “As…

Rep. Canfield announces May office hours

State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O. invites residents to join him for in-district office hours on May 12 and May 22 at the following locations: Friday, May 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Huron County Building, 250 E. Huron Ave. (Room 305) in Bad Axe; and Monday, May 22 from 4 to 5…

Fiscally responsible budget approved by full House

State Rep. Julie Calley on Tuesday voted for passage of the House version of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget. Calley, of Portland, voted to approve the budget for the coming fiscal year, a conservative blueprint that invests in the state’s…

Rep. Rendon lauds House approval of state budget

State Rep. Daire Rendon joined her colleagues in passage of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and proposes a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget. Rendon, of Lake City, voted to approve the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative blueprint that invests in the state’s future. “I…

House OKs budget with focus on transportation system

State Rep. Jim Lilly joined his House colleagues on Tuesday in passage of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and proposes a 2.2 percent reduction for the general state budget. Lilly, of Park Township, voted to approve the budget for the new fiscal year, which includes reprioritizing funding to fix roads…

Rep. VanderWall hosts local coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents of Mason and Leelanau counties to attend his upcoming coffee hours scheduled for May. “Residents are encouraged to share concerns and ask questions regarding our state government,” VanderWall said. “Being accessible and staying engaged with the community is important and helps me better serve you.” The first-term…

Rep. Kahle presented “Michigan Alzheimer’s Champion Award”

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Clinton was presented with the “Michigan Alzheimer’s Champion Award” in recognition of her advocacy for families impacted by the disease. Lindsay Brieschke of the Alzheimer’s Association presented the plaque during the organization’s annual legislative day at the state Capitol. Rep. Kahle spoke of the effect Alzheimer’s has had…