Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: July 2, 2018

On Sunday, I had the privilege of attending an Eagle Scout ceremony for John Blackstone of Troop 336. John is a recent graduate of Fowlerville High School, and he is an active part of our community. His Eagle Scout project was building a prayer garden in Conway Township, and I was proud to present a…

Rep. Lauwers remains committed to rejuvenated shipping industry in Michigan

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today vowed to continue fighting for a revival of Michigan’s shipping jobs after his plan to align state ballast water regulation with federal standards and nearby competitors was vetoed by the governor. Michigan currently has the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions have driven Michigan’s entire…

Rep. Bellino: Budget Supports Southeast Michigan Communities

As a state representative one of my top priorities is to help Michigan become an even better place to live, work and raise a family. That is why earlier this month I supported a state budget that saves money for Michigan taxpayers, and improves roads, public safety, and health care. I am committed to serving…

Johnson bill to repeal case mandate signed into law

Rep. Steve Johnson today announced that his legislation to remove a mandate that bows, crossbows and slingshots be cased during transport in a vehicle has been signed into law. Johnson said the issue was brought to his attention by local residents who were concerned about the confusing aspects of bow and crossbow transport requirements. “I…

Rep. Howell’s plan for managing public land signed into law

The state now has a clear strategy for how public land will be purchased, sold and utilized in the future after landmark legislation introduced by state Rep. Gary Howell was signed into law this week. Howell, of North Branch, said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owns 4.6 million acres of public land but,…

Rep. Calley proposal eliminating obsolete reference is signed

Clean-up needed in election protocol with no positions present in state A bill introduced by state Rep. Julie Calley of Portland updating Michigan election statutes has been signed into law. The bill was part of a package that eliminated references to a local office no longer being utilized. There are currently no elected boards of…

Plan from Reps. Farrington, Marino to boost Kiwanis fundraising signed into law

Kiwanis fundraising in Michigan will be aided with new laws sponsored by Reps. Diana Farrington and Steve Marino of Macomb County. The measures signed into law this week will allow Michigan residents to voluntarily donate to the Kiwanis when they file their state income taxes. “The Kiwanis benefit our community in countless ways,” said Farrington,…

Plan from Reps. Farrington, Marino to boost Kiwanis fundraising signed into law

Kiwanis fundraising in Michigan will be aided with new laws sponsored by Reps. Diana Farrington and Steve Marino of Macomb County. The measures signed into law this week will allow Michigan residents to voluntarily donate to the Kiwanis when they file their state income taxes. “The Kiwanis benefit our community in countless ways,” said Farrington,…

Rep. Rendon’s career skills instruction bill signed into law

Legislation to be named in honor of late state school superintendent State Rep. Daire Rendon today announced her plan to help Michigan’s students by creating age-appropriate K-12 skilled trade learning programs has been signed into law. Rendon’s measure tasks the state Department of Education to develop a skilled trade-oriented instruction framework for each grade level,…

Rep. Leutheuser’s measure helping charities keep more revenue signed into law

Rep. Eric Leutheuser’s measure allowing many Michigan schools, churches and charities to keep more of their own fundraising revenue was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder today. The new law will exempt a qualifying non-profit’s first $10,000 in fundraising sales from Michigan’s sales tax. The measure will apply to tax-exempt organizations raising less than…

Rep. Kelly: Record K-12 funding will help Michigan students succeed

Rep. Tim Kelly said a new education budget signed into law today will help Michigan students at every grade level prepare for future success. “We are providing more resources and targeting key areas to help students succeed in everything from learning to read at an early age to preparing for a career in skilled trades,”…

Rep. Cox: Record-setting investment in education brightens Michigan’s future

Rep. Laura Cox today said newly signed school funding legislation will provide more resources to improve academic performance and better prepare Michigan students for jobs and careers. “This investment will brighten the future for kids across Michigan, regardless of where they live or what career pathway they choose,” said Cox, chair of the House Appropriations…