Rep. Wentworth’s plan to jumpstart rural economy gains House approval

Measure aims to boost job creation in small towns State Rep. Jason Wentworth’s plan to help small businesses in rural areas of Michigan was recently approved by the Michigan House with bipartisan support. Wentworth, of Clare, said the Rural Jobs Act aims to give small job creators in counties with populations of 200,000 or less…

Rep. Calley hosts local office hours Oct. 22

State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her office hours in two communities on Oct. 22. Calley, of Portland, will present a legislative update and then meet with residents one-on-one if they have individual concerns at the following locations and times: Campbell Township Hall, 331 S. Main St. in Clarksville, from 10 to 11…

Want a Michigan fall travel guide? Contact Rep. Leutheuser

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser is offering area residents a taste of Pure Michigan – just in time for the autumn color tour. The Pure Michigan 2018 Fall Travel guide is available by emailing ericleutheuser@house.mi.gov or calling the legislator’s office at (517) 373-1794. Leave your mailing address and the free 80-plus page guide will be on…

Rep. Howrylak presents resident with Columbus Day Honoree award

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, (right) Thursday presented Pino Marelli, of Troy, with a special tribute recognizing him as the recipient of The Ramo Salerno Columbus Day 2018 Honoree award. The award is given to those who have had success enriching the Italian American community in Michigan. Marelli began his own music,…

Rep. Howrylak continues fight to reopen Maxey, improve Michigan’s juvenile justice system

State Rep. Martin Howrylak is continuing his efforts to improve Michigan’s juvenile justice system, calling for the reopening of the W.J. Maxey Boys Training School. Howrylak this week reintroduced legislation that would fund the facility’s reopening on its Livingston County campus. The facility closed in 2015, which Howrylak said is a detriment to the juvenile…

Legislators declare October 18 as American Middle East Christian Day

Resolution establishing American Middle East Christian Day in Michigan passes state House The House of Representatives approved a bipartisan resolution offered by state Reps. Jim Runestad, Martin Howrylak, Klint Kesto and 42 other House members declaring Oct. 18 as American Middle East Christian Day in Michigan. The resolution was prepared in coordination with the American…

Rep. Lucido welcomes summer reading contest winners to the Capitol

State Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, today honored two special guests chosen to join the lawmaker for Representative for a Day. Henry and Jackson Bright, both students at Monfort Elementary School in Shelby Township, were selected as the winners of Rep. Lucido’s summer reading contest. Henry and Jackson were sworn in as honorary state…

Rep. Albert: Ionia County Veteran’s Resource Fair is just around the corner

State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, encourages local veterans and military members to attend the upcoming Veterans’ Resource Fair to receive information about certain services and resources available in Ionia County. The fair will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, and run from 9 a.m.-1p.m. at the VFW of Belding, located at 114 North Bridge Street…

Rep. Lauwers plan allows Michigan farmers to grow industrial hemp

Domestic production of hemp returning to the United States Michigan farmers could soon have the opportunity to expand into the industrial hemp market under a plan spearheaded by state Rep. Dan Lauwers and approved today in the Michigan House. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said the hemp industry holds strong potential to improve local economies across…

Rep. VanderWall announces October coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for October coffee hours. “Holding coffee hours every month provides an opportunity to inform the community on what is going on in Lansing and answer their questions regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall will…

Rep. LaSata: End of driver responsibility fees brings relief to local drivers

State Rep. Kim LaSata today said the new law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan took effect this week, bringing relief to hundreds of thousands of motorists. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, voted for the plan, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full…