Nesbitt discusses affordable, reliable energy and jobs at Kalamazoo forum

Event part of process to gather public input State Rep. Aric Nesbitt spoke about the current and future state of Michigan’s energy climate during a Monday forum in Kalamazoo to take public input into the state’s energy future. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, who chairs the House Energy and Technology Committee, placed emphasis on the production and use…

School Aid and Education Subcommittees budgets passed

State Rep. Bill Rogers today announced the passage of budgets for School Aid and the Department of Education out of the House appropriations subcommittees. Many other appropriations subcommittees have also passed their budget recommendations. Rogers, chair of the both subcommittees, is pleased with the approval of subcommittee budgets. “Over the past two years, the House…

House Committee approves Crawford Bill to reduce government regulations

Foresters in the state of Michigan will no longer be required to register with the state or pay licensing fees in a set of bills that passed the House Committee on Regulatory Reform today, announced state Rep. Hugh Crawford. House Bills 4379-4381, introduced by Rep. Crawford, are part of a bipartisan legislative package to reform…

Rep. Zorn joins Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking

State Rep. Dale Zorn is working in conjunction with Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to combat human trafficking in the state of Michigan. Zorn and several other state lawmakers will serve on the Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking to develop a comprehensive set of laws and policies that will help combat the growing crime…

House approves dredging legislation to maintain Michigan’s waterways

State Rep. Amanda Price today announced the 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. “Our waterways are one of Michigan’s most precious natural resources, and they have great impact on our economy and tourism,” said Price, R-Park…

House approves Zorn bill creating Ducks Unlimited Fund

The Michigan House today unanimously approved a bill authored by Rep. Dale Zorn to help fund wetland habitat conservation in Michigan through the creation of a specialty license plate. Zorn’s House Bill 4337 creates the Ducks Unlimited Fund, which will be used to conserve, protect, enhance, restore, manage and acquire wetlands and associated uplands in…

House bills increase curriculum flexibility

A two-bill legislative package unveiled today would modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum so high school students have the flexibility to explore career and vocational training education options. Rep. Dale Zorn joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to host a news conference at the Jackson Academy for Manufacturing Careers/Jackson Area Career Center to make the announcement…

Heise invites residents to coffee hours

  State Rep. Kurt Heise is sponsoring coffee hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally. Heise will talk with residents from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, March 22 at Panera Bread, located at 20140 Haggerty Road, in Northville. No appointment is necessary. Rep. Heise is also available to meet…

Franz bill creates conditional liquor license

New businesses and ownership transferees would have the option of purchasing a conditional liquor license to allow the sale of alcohol temporarily while the state reviews its permanent documentation under House Bill 4277, sponsored by Rep. Ray Franz. The legislation was approved this week by the House Regulatory Reform Committee. It creates a $300 permit…

House bills increase curriculum flexibility

A two-bill legislative package unveiled today would modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum so high school students have the flexibility to explore career and vocational training education options. Rep. Dale Zorn joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to host a news conference at the Jackson Academy for Manufacturing Careers/Jackson Area Career Center to make the announcement…

House approves Kelly resolution to raise awareness about country’s founding documents

The Michigan House on Thursday approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly to declare March 16, 2013, as Liberty Day in the state of Michigan. House Resolution 63 helps honor the rights and liberties rooted in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and specifically its Bill of Rights.  The resolution also honors historical…