Rep. Yaroch visits local school to answer student letters

State Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond visited Ms. Vogel’s eighth grade class at Seneca Middle School in Macomb Township to answer questions about state government. Several students sent him letters on various topics including education, election laws, and the role of a state representative. Rep. Yaroch chose to address them in person by visiting the…

House approves Rep. Sheppard’s plan to create the Innovative Transportation Fund

The state House this week approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jason Sheppard to create the Innovative Transportation Fund to help fix Michigan roads. The Innovative Transportation Fund within the State Trunkline Fund specifies the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to administer funds and allows individuals to submit ideas for improving construction methods or improved…

Rep. Lilly: Reforms desperately needed for hardworking residents in licensed professions

Michigan House advances plan eliminating duplicative measures The Michigan House on Tuesday advanced a package of proposals, including one sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lilly, easing costs for employees in areas with occupational licensing at the local level. Designed to roll back government red tape and diminish the burden on businesses, their employees and consumers,…

Howrylak to insurers: mental health is as important as physical health

State Rep. Martin Howrylak today introduced a measure preventing insurers from discriminating between coverage provided for mental illness and physical illness. His proposal will amend the Nonprofit Health Care Corporation Reform Act and the Insurance Code Act to require insurers to offer the same coverage for mental health services as traditional medical care. “There should…

Rep. LaFave: Plan expanding internship options to high school students signed into law

State Rep. Beau LaFave today announced his plan helping high school students earn course credit through an internship or work study program has been signed into law. “Education today goes well beyond what’s in the classroom, especially as our children grow older and advance through high school,” LaFave said. “The real-world experience that an internship…

Rep. Bellino secures funding for women’s recovery home in Monroe

Rep. Joe Bellino this week successfully secured final legislative approval of special funding for a women’s addiction recovery home in Monroe. The new Michigan state budget plan includes $100,000 to assist construction projects at Paula’s House, a facility for women who are homeless and have substance abuse problems. “It’s a place to help them get…

Rep. Alexander casts vote for fiscally responsible state budget

Jackson County schools receiving top per-student allowance   State Rep. Julie Alexander on Tuesday voted to approve the budget for the coming fiscal year, moving a fiscally conservative budget that addresses key issues that are important to hard-working taxpayers. Alexander, of Hanover, said the new spending blueprint improves Michigan’s economic outlook and gives students more…

Johnson introduces legislation to modernize drain project notification process

State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced legislation that would make various changes to the way landowners are notified of drainage projects taking place on or near their property. Currently, a notice is required to be mailed to landowners when drainage projects are proposed in their drainage district. This notice includes information about a meeting where…

Representative García announces summer reading program

State Representative Daniela R. García announced the start of her summer reading program throughout the community.  The summer reading program encourages children to read over the summer months and win a chance to join Rep. Garcìa in Lansing for a day with their family. “Spending a little bit of time reading over the summer is…