Rep. Howrylak testifies in favor of ‘Raise the Age’ proposal

State Rep. Martin Howrylak offered his support today for a plan that would raise the age of legal adulthood within the court system, establishing 17-year-olds as minors in most circumstances. Michigan is one of only four states that treat 17-year-olds as adults in prosecution. Removing youth from the adult criminal justice system and punishing and…

Bellino: Time to modernize boater safety certification system

Plan unanimously approved by Michigan House State Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan giving Michigan boaters the option to present electronic proof of their boating safety certifications was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House. “The paper certificates boaters and jet-skiers are supposed to carry right now aren’t exactly waterproof, but many people have waterproof phone cases,”…

LaFave’s plan to modernize boater safety certification system sails through House

State Rep. Beau LaFave’s plan giving Michigan boaters the option to present electronic proof of their boating safety certifications was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House. “It’s the 21st Century. We can do better than paper certificates that are destroyed the second they get wet,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “It’s time to give…

Rep. LaFave introduces breed-inclusive service animal legislation

A new plan proposed by state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, will keep local governments from enacting breed-specific ordinances related to service animals. Service animals have seen a spike in popularity due to the essential lifeline they provide to their handlers, allowing for more independence and peace of mind. “My position is very simple,”…

Rep. Cole encourages Rail Safety Week in Michigan

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, today encourages the promotion of September 24-29, 2018 as Rail Safety Week in Michigan. Cole said the goal is to educate pedestrians and drivers about railway safety and raise awareness about train crossings and tracks. “Continuing to educate residents about the dangers of railway crossings and trespassing on railroad…

Rep. Noble to host consumer education event

State Rep. Jeff Noble, of Plymouth, is partnering with the Michigan attorney general’s office to host a consumer education event on Oct. 11. The event is open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. at the Plymouth Library, located at 223 S. Main Street in Plymouth. The presentation will highlight in-home care and senior…

Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to October office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her October office hours schedule for the residents of Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties.             “Local office hours are a great way for me to listen to people in the community,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I encourage everyone to come and share any concerns or ideas involving our state…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Sept. 16, 2018

A resolution I introduced that is scheduled for action by the House next week will declare September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month in Michigan. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) pose a serious threat to the health of our future generations and is entirely preventable. I strongly urge residents to increase their knowledge of…

Rep. Webber to have in-district office hours Sept. 28

State Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, invites residents to join him for local office hours on Friday, Sept. 28. Office hours will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 37 S Livernois Rd in Rochester Hills. “The most rewarding part of hosting monthly office hours is being accessible to the voices…

Rep. LaFave calls for action to ensure road projects are completed on time

Legislator: Record road funding no good if needed work is delayed Last month, state Rep. Beau LaFave called upon Gov. Rick Snyder to consider the activation of the National Guard to resume road projects across Michigan and the Upper Peninsula that are stopped by a labor dispute. Gov. Rick Snyder this week mentioned the possibility…

Rep. LaSata invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata invites residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, Sept. 28 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Early Bird Eatery located at 9735 Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman. Office hours are an opportunity for people to address the representative face-to-face with any questions or concerns about state government….