Bumstead votes for bills to dredge Michigan’s harbors and marinas

The need for emergency dredging in Michigan’s harbors and marinas was addressed this month by the Michigan House with the approval of legislation providing funding and making the dredging process more affordable. State Rep. Jon Bumstead voted for emergency funding to dredge public harbors and marinas throughout the state, as well as bills easing restrictions…

Focus on jobs intensifies — Rep. Outman

It’s not every day that a job posting makes front-page news in Greenville. But that’s exactly what happened earlier this month when the Daily News ran an article that appeared front and center in the paper about openings for additional on-call firefighters to join the city fire department. It is very encouraging to see job…

Rep. Yonker announces April 1 office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, is sponsoring office hours to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. Yonker will be at the FireRock Grille, located at 7177 Kalamazoo Ave. in Caledonia, on Monday, April 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the lawmaker during…

O’Brien hosts legislative CPR training at state Capitol

State Rep. Margaret O’Brien this month honored American Red Cross month in Michigan by hosting CPR training for legislators and staff at the state Capitol. Sponsored by the Greater Kalamazoo Chapter of the American Red Cross, the training focused on how to save someone’s life if they are unresponsive. Using foam ambulances, representatives from the…

Rev. Klingler delivers prayer for lawmakers

The Rev. Don Klingler, retired pastor from St. Margaret Parish in Otsego, said the daily opening invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives on March 21 as the guest of state Rep. Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuck. Klinger served the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo for St. Peter Parish in Douglas and Holy Family Parish in Decatur, before…

Farrington hosts local office hours in Shelby Township

State Rep. Jeff Farrington today announced upcoming in-district office hours for the month of April. “I look forward to the chance to meet with constituents face-to-face to discuss state issues that they are interested in or feel strongly about,” said Farrington, R-Utica.  “Their feedback is critically important to me in my role as state representative.”…

House approves legislation helping students in worst performing schools

The Michigan House today approved legislation putting specific parameters and oversight on the statewide school reform district created to help failing schools in 2009 under Race to the Top. House Bill 4369 would rename the state reform district to the Educational Achievement Authority. The current EAA that is operating a pilot program in 15 schools…

House eliminates unnecessary and burdensome regulations to help spur job creation

LANSING – Numerous unnecessary and burdensome regulations were eliminated by the state House of Representatives today as they approved seven bills aimed at getting Michigan’s government further out of the way of job creation. “Today, we continued our important work of getting Michigan back to work, and allowing Michiganders to live their lives with less…

Gov. Snyder signs Ducks Unlimited plate bills

Representatives from the local Ducks Unlimited (DU) chapter were on hand March 20 to witness Gov. Rick Snyder sign a package of bills authored by Rep. Dale Zorn and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville to establish a Ducks Unlimited specialty license plate. Zorn’s House Bill 4337 creates the Ducks Unlimited Fund, which will be used…

House, Senate approve dredging legislation to maintain Michigan’s waterways

State Rep. Amanda Price today announced legislative passage of several bills that will improve the process of dredging harbors in the Great Lakes and inland waterways that are in need of maintenance. “We need to clear the way for our local communities to ensure harbors are maintained in time for tourism season,” said Price, R-Park…