Rep. Bellino supports package to give students more class choice

Giving students and their parents better flexibility and choice when considering high school educational choice is the emphasis of a merit curriculum legislative package supported by state Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe. “Preparing students for life after high school is what these four bills help do,” Bellino said. “If a student has the interest in…

Rep. Hornberger supports package to give students more class choice

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger of Chesterfield Township is co-sponsoring a merit curriculum legislative package that will give students and parents more flexibility in their high school education choices. “High school is about preparing our students for life after graduation and that’s what these four bills do,” Hornberger said. “We need to give students with an…

Rep. Kesto, committee support bills which ban pointing lasers at aircraft

The House Law and Justice Committee Tuesday approved legislation that makes it illegal to point a laser or directed energy device at or in the path of an aircraft. “Within the past couple of weeks, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has had three incidents of an energy beam being directed at their aircraft during the…

Rep. Cole supports bills that give students more educational choice

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona is co-sponsoring a merit curriculum legislative package that will give students and parents an increased voice about their educational choices to prepare for life after high school. “Students need to be allowed to learn without putting them all in the same learning box,” Cole said. “As a home-schooled graduate…

Rep. Iden kicks off March is Reading Month at local schools

State Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo is celebrating March is Reading Month by visiting several elementary schools across Kalamazoo County to read to young students. “One of the most important gifts we can give children is the gift of reading,” Rep. Iden said. “Encouraging children to read sparks imagination, enriches their vocabularies and sets them…

Retired legislators would pay more of own health care costs under Rep. Bellino bill

State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe today will introduce legislation to require retired state legislators to pay more of their own health care costs, an effort to help shore up an underfunded retirement system. The legislation would require all retired Michigan legislators in the state system to pay 20 percent of their annual health insurance…

Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour in Highland Township

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host a coffee hour on Monday, March 20 at Highland Township Public Library, located at 444 Beach Farm Circle in Highland from 6 to 7:30 p.m. “Listening to the workers and residents of our community is a priority for me,” said Rep. Runestad. “I want to be…

Rep. Brett Roberts schedules March office hours

State Rep. Brett Roberts today announced he is holding office hours during March and encourages people to bring him thoughts and ideas about state government. Office hours for March will be held on Monday, March 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Robin’s Nest located at 6053 S. Clinton Trail in Eaton Rapids. “These meetings…

Rep. Julie Alexander schedules March district hours

State Rep. Julie Alexander today announced her monthly district meetings for local residents. Constituents can meet one-on-one with Rep. Alexander to discuss their concerns. Upon announcing her March district hours, Rep. Alexander emphasized the importance of accountability and availability to her constituents. “Accessibility is important for good representation,” said Rep. Alexander. “I want to encourage…

Leonard Appoints Miller to Great Lakes Commission

State Rep. Tom Leonard, Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, has appointed Macomb County Public Works Commissioner and former Member of Congress Candice S. Miller as a commissioner to the Great Lakes Commission.   “Candice Miller is the best choice for the Great Lakes Commission,” said Leonard.  “She has the right experience working on…

Rep. Kahle bill to protect human trafficking victims approved

Legislation from state Rep. Bronna Kahle, which expands “safe harbor” protections to victims of human trafficking, was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee today. Kahle was joined by Adrian resident Kelly Castleberry, who serves on the Southern Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, in testifying before the committee today. House Bill 4219 will enact…

Legislation would allow voters to take ‘ballot selfies’

Today, State Rep. Steve Johnson introduced legislation to allow voters to take “ballot selfies.” Currently, Michigan Secretary of State rules prohibit voters from taking photos of their ballots. Rep. Johnson’s legislation would allow a voter, whether at a polling place or voting absentee, to take a picture of their ballot. Twenty states currently allow “ballot…