Rep. Leutheuser welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale welcomed Pastor Dave Pierce (center) of First Baptist Church in Coldwater to the state Capitol to lead Thursday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition allows a representative to invite a clergy member to begin each day’s session with prayer. Speaker Lee Chatfield (left) joined…

Rep. LaFave introduces plan to award electoral votes by congressional district

Legislation would ensure U.P. is not ignored by presidential candidates State Rep. Beau LaFave has introduced a plan to end Michigan’s “winner-takes-all” approach to allocating electoral votes for presidential elections. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said apportioning electoral votes based on congressional district will ensure that rural areas of the state – especially the Upper Peninsula…

Rep. Matt Hall, R-Emmett Twp.; audio on legislative response to CPS audit

House Oversight Committee Chair Matt Hall talks about the amendments to Michigan’s Child Protection Law announced by the Committee Thursday. The amendments were the result of multiple hearings on the Michigan Office of Auditor General’s (OAG) September 2018 Performance Audit of Children’s Protective Services Investigations.        

Reilly legislation protecting students’ free speech rights receives House panel hearing

Lawmaker authors plan holding MI’s public universities accountable State Rep. John Reilly today testified before the House Oversight Committee in support of his plan  establishing – and some cases, restoring – free speech protections on Michigan’s public college campuses. The legislation is responding to numerous violations of students’ First Amendment rights across several of the…

Rep. Crawford announces April coffee hours

State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi will host district coffee hours on Friday, April 26 to meet with residents of southwest Oakland County. “I look forward to every opportunity to talk with you and hear your thoughts,” Rep. Crawford said. “Coffee hours allow me to have in-person conversations about the issues you care about most.”…

Rep. Johnson introduces legislation to promote energy resilience, enable microgrids

Representative Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) today introduced legislation to promote energy resilience by allowing the use of microgrids, which enable energy users with renewable energy systems to disconnect from the main electric grid during outages and continue powering their facilities. Currently, energy customers that generate renewable energy and connect to the grid are not able to…

Chair Hall, House Oversight Committee recommend legislative fixes regarding CPS performance audit

State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Emmett Township) and the House Oversight Committee he chairs unanimously recommended today several proposals to protect Michigan’s most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect. The recommended amendments to Michigan’s Child Protection Law came after the House panel conducted multiple hearings on the Michigan Office of Auditor General’s (OAG) September 2018 Performance…

House approves Rep. Lilly plan to help licensed medical marijuana facilities succeed

Solution establishes clear closure deadline for unlicensed facilities State Rep. Jim Lilly’s plan to create fairness and consistency for licensed medical marijuana facilities in Michigan was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Lilly, of Park Township, said the licensing process for medical marijuana businesses was established in 2016 to protect patients…

Rep. Wakeman schedules local office hours

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours on Saturday, April 27 and Monday, April 29 to meet with local residents of the 94th District. “I look forward to every opportunity to talk with you and hear your thoughts,” Rep. Wakeman said. “Office hours allow me to have one-on-one conversations about…

Rep. Hall proposes common-sense measure protecting Michiganders from unfair prosecution

State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Emmett Township) has authored bipartisan legislation to protect Michigan citizens with concealed pistol licenses from unfair prosecution in the event they simply forget to renew their license. House Bill 4434 has 13 Democrat cosponsors and 19 Republican cosponsors. Currently, a CPL holder can be charged with a felony punishable by up…

Lenawee County residents join Rep. Kahle to urge approval of solar panel legislation

A trio of Lenawee County residents today joined state Rep. Bronna Kahle in support of her plan to provide clarity, consistency and predictability for families and small businesses installing solar panels and other clean energy systems on their properties. The plan also would prevent higher property taxes from being charged because of such installations, as…

Rep. VanWoerkom announces April coffee hours

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, recently announced where he will be available to meet with Muskegon County residents during scheduled coffee hours for the month of April. “Coffee hours are a great opportunity to meet with people in our community and address their questions and concerns,” Rep. VanWoerkom said. “I value your input…