Schroeder offers plan to codify judicial practice for cases involving domestic abuse

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder today put forward a plan that would ensure there is a consistent use of expert witness testimony in certain court proceedings, ultimately improving the state’s justice system. The proposal put forward by Schroeder, of Independence Township, would clarify the role of expert witness testimony in criminal cases where abuse may a…

Rep. Lower honored with public service award

State Rep. Jim Lower of Greenville (right) was recently presented with the Michigan Municipal Electric Association’s Public Service Award. Given to a legislator that displays hard work, leadership, and a commitment to public policy that benefits all Michigan electric consumers, past recipients have included State Sen. Mike Nofs, Congressman Bill Huizenga, Congressman John Dingell, and…

Rep. O’Malley announces October office hours

 State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, announced where he will meet with area residents during office hours later this month. “The best part of my job is listening to the input of residents from the ‘Fighting 101st’,” Rep. O’Malley said. “I hope you’ll join me at one of my stops this month and share…

Rep. Griffin sets in-district office hours for October

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, will meet with area residents this month during scheduled office hours across her district. “We have passed a budget focused on priorities that are important to you,” Griffin said. “If you have questions about the budget process or whether something was included, I encourage you to stop by and…

Rep. Paquette announces October office hours

State Rep. Brad Paquette announced an upcoming opportunity to meet with area residents during local office hours for the month of October. “Regular input from citizens in the community is the best way to identify reforms to simplify government,” Rep. Paquette said. “If you would like to brainstorm ideas on how our state government can…

Rep. Hall: Governor must clean up the budget mess she created

This column first appeared in the Oct. 12, 2019 edition of the Marshall Advisor & Chronicle. You may view it here. The problem with career politicians is they get so caught up in political games they forget their actions have real consequences for real people. That is exactly what Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has done with…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to October office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his October office hour for residents of the 110th district. “We have been working on a number of important things in Lansing,” Markkanen said. “I look forward to being back in the district to provide an update and hear what is on the minds of locals.” The office hours…

Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to upcoming office hours

Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced October office hours for residents of Wexford and Mecosta counties and part of Osceola County. “I hope to see everyone at my upcoming office hours,” Hoitenga said. “I will be providing an update on what is happening in Lansing and answering any questions you may have.” Rep. Hoitenga’s office…

Rep. VanSingel invites residents to upcoming office hours

Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant announced his upcoming office hours for residents of Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties. “We have been working on a lot of important things in Lansing,” Rep. VanSingel said. “I look forward to seeing everyone before they head out to their deer blinds and tree stands.” Rep. VanSingel’s office hours scheule…

Governor signs Rep. Calley’s plan to clarify Michigan’s campaign finance rules

State Rep. Julie Calley’s plan to simplify and improve transparency in Michigan’s campaign finance laws has been signed into law. Calley, of Portland, said her legislation will help people understand the campaign finance process by eliminating inconsistencies and providing precise rules, especially regarding prizes and gifts associated with fundraising. “This is a common practice that…