Rep. Noble’s Monthly Legislative Update

Recently the Michigan Legislature passed a package of “brownfield” bills commonly referred to as the “Gilbert bills.” While these bills have passed, I was happy to vote in opposition to them. I feel that this package of bills is government’s attempt to pick economic winners and losers through the practice of “corporate welfare.” I do…

Rep. Vaupel testifies on insurance claims reform bill

State Rep. Hank Vaupel testified before the House Insurance Committee today, supporting his legislation that clarifies how and when claims are filed under the Michigan Assigned Claims Plan (MACP). “Anyone seeking personal injury protection benefits can face a confusing and uneven process, whether no insurance applies to the injury or multiple insurers,” said Vaupel, of…

Legislation introduced to ban female mutilation in Michigan

Female genital mutilation (FGM) would be criminalized in Michigan under bipartisan legislation submitted today in the state House of Representatives. “We must do what we can legislatively to prevent this inhumane act from occurring in Michigan,” said state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton. “This legislative package is incredibly comprehensive, addressing all possible factors related to…

Bipartisan jobs training information package approved by House

Bipartisan legislation, which will mandate information sharing to evaluate and update jobs training and college education programs, was approved by the state House today. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) will improve career training by requiring the state government to share employment and salary information to evaluate programs and improve curriculums…

Rep. Alexander announces May office hours

  State Rep. Julie Alexander will sponsor office hours in Jackson throughout the month of May at the Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave. in Jackson. Office hours will take place on the following dates: Monday, May 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and Friday, May 26 from 10:30 to noon. Rep. Alexander…

Rep. LaSata announces environmental grant

State Rep. Kim LaSata today announced a $15,000 Michigan Department of Environmental Quality grant to the Berrien County Parks Department.  The grant will be used to increase access to recycling efforts, improve processing capacity, and promote recycling education in Michigan. “I want to congratulate the parks department on their tremendous work,” Rep. LaSata said. “This…

Rep. Allor sponsors May office hours

Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine will sponsor May office hours for Cheboygan, Presque Isle, and Iosco counties. “I have made it my goal to always be accessible to the people I represent,” Rep. Allor said. “Sponsoring office hours for residents is a great way to have open communication with people. I encourage everyone to attend.”…

Rep. Michele Hoitenga sponsors May office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga will sponsor office hours for residents of Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties in the month of May. “Being in touch with residents is one of my top priorities,” said Rep. Hoitenga of Manton. “I encourage anyone who has ideas or concerns about our state government to attend office hours on May…

Rep. Hughes welcomes PBS’s Under the Radar to Tourism Committee

State Rep. Holly Hughes, chair of the House Tourism and Recreation Committee, welcomed Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman from “Under the Radar,” the PBS television show that features the people, places and things that make Michigan special on Wednesay. “There’s a power in talking to the people of Michigan,” said Edelman, “Under the Radar” producer….

Rep. Griffin celebrates Older Michiganians Day

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beth Griffin joined seniors at the Capitol on May 17, who were celebrating Older Michiganians Day.  “It was a wonderful opportunity to meet local seniors and learn about issues that matter most to them,” said Rep. Griffin.

House panel approves Rep. Barrett’s employee beer and wine sampling bill

Employees of beer and wine wholesalers would be able to sample products for educational purposes under a bill sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville. The bill, part of a broader bipartisan effort to update and streamline licensing of wholesalers, was approved today by the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee. Barrett’s bill would allow…

Rep. Whiteford legislation eliminates outdated regulation

Former Allegan county clerk testifies in support of bill State Rep. Mary Whiteford today welcomed former Allegan County Clerk and Register of Deeds Joyce Watts to speak in support of her legislation to eliminate an outdated law that requires men to include their marital statuses on certain documents. Whiteford said current law requires a male…