Rep. Miller announces local office hours for late September

State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced his in-district office hours with local residents for late September. Rep. Miller will hold office hours at the following times and locations: Friday, Sept. 28: 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The Baker’s Rhapsody, 144 S. Front Street in Dowagiac. Saturday, Sept. 29: 8 to 9:30 a.m. at…

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard announces October office hours

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, will host office hours to meet with local residents and discuss their concerns about state government.  Speaker Leonard represents Michigan’s 93rd District. The coffee hours will take place at the following locations and times: Friday, Oct. 12, from 8 – 9:30 a.m. Big Boy 1408 Old U.S. 27,…

Rep. Miller meets with Constantine students for Constitution Day

  PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Aaron Miller celebrated Constitution Day on Sept. 17 with Constantine Middle School students. Rep. Miller handed out copies of the Constitution and helped lead student discussion groups. This is the fourth consecutive year Rep. Miller has held a similar event on Constitution Day. The day is a federal observance marking…

Rep. Lucido introduces bills to increase protection of MI’s water resources

State Rep. Peter Lucido today announced a pair of proposals to reduce water contamination, and to fund improvements to water and sewer systems in Michigan communities. Lucido, of Shelby Township, said water is one of Michigan’s most valuable resources. “It’s simply unacceptable for any family living in the Great Lakes State to go without access…

Rep. LaFave proposal helps protect animals locked inside hot cars

Breaking window to save pets in clear danger would be deemed lawful A bipartisan effort spearheaded by state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, would grant criminal immunity to individuals who break a car window to help a distressed animal if they feel the situation is dire. House Bill 6298, sponsored by LaFave, looks to…

Rep. Yaroch to host fall listening tour

State Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond, will host a “Fall Listening Tour” and visit local board and councils throughout the community. “It is important that as your state representative I stay accessible to all residents and hear your concerns,” Rep. Yaroch said. “This listening tour gives residents the opportunity to ask questions and to hear…

Rep. Griffin invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin invites local residents to join her for local office hours on Monday, Sept. 24. Office hours are an opportunity for people to address the representative face-to-face with any questions or concerns about state government. “The best way for me to make informed decisions about legislation and gather inspiration for new legislation…

Rep. Kesto plan establishing clear, objective parole guidelines is signed

State Rep. Klint Kesto set forth a proposal earlier this year offering concise parolee parameters while reducing a swelling prison population propped up by state money. His goal at the time was clear. “Smart on crime and soft on hard-working taxpayers,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. The plan, House Bill 5377, was recently signed into…

Rep. Griffin to host veterans roundtable

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today announced she will host a veterans roundtable locally in Paw Paw. All veterans are encouraged to attend and to ask questions that they may have regarding veteran benefits and state services. Deputy Director Tim Loney of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) will join the representative and share…

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Sept. 9, 2018

On Sunday, the Fowlerville Rotary held its annual Dawn Patrol fly-in and pancake breakfast.  As many as 1,500 pilots and community members attended the event to inform the public about aviation. I want to congratulate the volunteers for another successful and well-attended annual event for our residents. *** I was joined by Senator Joe Hune at…

Lilly: Policy-makers must be made aware of fiscal implications bills will have on state

New law requires legislators to receive thorough fiscal analysis of every bill Michigan legislators will now receive an in-depth fiscal analysis of every bill being considered in committees under a new law authored by state Rep. Jim Lilly. The new law requires the House and Senate fiscal agencies to produce and distribute fiscal analyses for…