Legislators meet church leaders; declare October 18 as American Middle East Christian Day

The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan resolution offered by state Reps. Jim Runestad and Klint Kesto declaring October 18 as American Middle East Christian Day in the state of Michigan on Wednesday. The resolution was prepared in coordination with the American Middle East Christian Congress which hosted a luncheon and presentation for members of…

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Legislators meet church leaders; declare October 18 as American Middle East Christian Day

The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan resolution offered by state Reps. Jim Runestad and Klint Kesto declaring October 18 as American Middle East Christian Day in the state of Michigan on Wednesday. The resolution was prepared in coordination with the American Middle East Christian Congress which hosted a luncheon and presentation for members of…

House panel hears Representative García bill to protect students, officers in school

State Representative Daniela R. García, of Holland, testified before the House Education Reform Committee today on legislation to help ensure the safety of all students and limit response time for school resource officers called to respond to school incidents. García’s legislation addresses a loophole in restraint and seclusion legislation signed into law in 2016, which…

Rep. VanderWall co-sponsors measure calling for July 1 budget

Legislators would be docked pay for missing deadline   State Rep. Curt VanderWall recently signed on as a co-sponsor of a resolution changing the deadline for completion of the state budget to July 1. VanderWall, of Ludington, said House Joint Resolution X amends the Michigan Constitution by requiring the Legislature to present a balanced budget…

Rep. Kahle sponsors bill as part of Professional Skills legislation

State Rep. Bronna Kahle today introduced legislation to help expand professional trade instruction in Michigan high schools, helping provide more career-oriented opportunities for students. “Many good paying jobs across Michigan and Lenawee County remain unfilled. There are not enough skilled workers to fill vacancies and that skills gap is expected to grow,” said Kahle, of…

Rep. Lucido bill would charge bottled water operators a fee in Michigan

Companies bottling drinking water from Michigan sources would face a per-gallon fee under legislation introduced this week by state Rep. Peter Lucido. The 5-cent per gallon fee would help compensate the state for the loss and sale of one of its most treasured natural resources, Lucido said. “It’s not fair that these out-of-state and out-of-country…

Rep. Rendon legislation calls to expand skilled trades instruction in schools

State Rep. Daire Rendon today introduced legislation to create age-appropriate career learning programs for Michigan students in each grade level while engaging with parents, local community businesses, and industry interests. The Rendon bill is part of a bipartisan five-bill package to enhance skilled trades education while helping students find career opportunities to match their interest…

Rep. Whiteford welcomes Medal of Honor Recipient to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford welcomed Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan and his wife Chérie to the state Capitol. McCloughan received the Medal of Honor from President Trump in July for his valor in saving the lives of 10 members of his platoon at the Battle of Nui Yon Hill in May 1969.

Reps. Whiteford and Griffin welcome Medal of Honor Recipient to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Reps. Mary Whiteford and Beth Griffin welcomed Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan and his wife Chérie to the state Capitol. McCloughan received the Medal of Honor from President Trump in July for his valor in saving the lives of 10 members of his platoon at the Battle of Nui Yon Hill…

Rep. Allor bill protects veterans seeking benefit services

State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine offered testimony this morning on legislation that would prevent individuals or agencies from profiting off veterans benefit services that are offered for free through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill looks to tackle a practice referred to as pension poaching. Fees sometimes totaling several thousand dollars are charged…

Michigan House approves Lower’s Sandhill crane hunting resolution

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake today praised his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving his resolution calling for the establishment of a hunting season to address Sandhill crane overpopulation. House Resolution 154 encourages the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to add Sandhill cranes to the game species list and seek approval…