Rep. Vaupel: Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan authored by state Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Fowlerville, better informing the public of the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Under Vaupel’s plan, bars, restaurants and liquor stores must add the following language to signage already mandated by law: “Pregnancy and alcohol do not mix. Drinking alcoholic…

House approves Rep. Noble’s plan to help residents in adult foster care

The Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Jeff Noble to update outdated provisions to help give adult foster care residents the personalized care they need to live an independent life. Rep. Noble said his plan allows private adult foster care homes and facilities with one to four residents to still operate…

House approves Rep. Roberts’ bill to allow ORVs on roads

The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Brett Roberts to allow drivers of off-road vehicles (ORV) to use Michigan roadways after making certain safety modifications to them. In the past, the Michigan Secretary of State issued titles to assembled vehicles and ORVs that installed certain safety accessories, such as windshields, turning signals,…

Rep. LaSata plan to protect sexual assault victims approved by Senate

The Michigan Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal from state Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, expanding the capacity of the OK2SAY hotline to accept reports on sexual abuse, assault and rape. OK2SAY was originally established in 2014 as a method of reporting criminal activity at school in an anonymous, confidential fashion. The 24-hour…

Rep. Whiteford announces December office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford announced plans to meet with residents of Allegan County during scheduled office hours. “I want to have the opportunity to meet with as many people in the community as possible,” Whiteford said.  “Office hours are an excellent way to meet with constituents from Allegan County and hear what matters most to…

Rep. Howrylak votes to protect integrity of the initiative process

State Representative Martin Howrylak issued the following statement on the passage of Senate Bills 1171 and 1175. “I voted against both of these bills because they violate the spirit of the constitutionally defined citizens’ initiative process. They circumvent the voters and defy logic. It was earlier this year that the Michigan Legislature adopted the paid…

Rep. Wentworth: Plan creates veteran career opportunities

Military members who were honorably discharged and are transitioning into civilian life are one step closer to being able to utilize the skills they’ve learned throughout their service to obtain gainful employment. The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan cosponsored by state Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, creating a pilot program allowing highly trained,…

Michigan House approves Rep. Farrington’s pilot initiative

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, creating a pilot program allowing military medical personnel to practice under the supervision of a licensed physician. Under Farrington’s plan, military members who were honorably discharged and are transitioning into civilian life will be able to utilize the skills…

Rep. Lucido plan helps protect taxpayers against corrupt officials

The Michigan House today approved a plan from Rep. Peter Lucido that helps hold corrupt public officials accountable to taxpayers. Lucido’s legislation calls for revoking taxpayer-funded retiree health insurance coverage in cases where a public official has been convicted of a job-related felony such as bribery or misuse of public funds. “The Legislature, as stewards…

Rep. Hernandez expands team and looks forward to budget process

State Rep. Shane Hernandez, who has been named the next Appropriations Chair by Speaker-Elect Chatfield, today announced the addition of Phil Browne to his office staff. Hernandez, who will become the first Hispanic Appropriations Chair in Michigan history, has stressed the importance of chemistry when explaining the addition of Mr. Browne. “It’s not just because Phil…

Rep. Howrylak to host consumer education event on Dec. 14

State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy is partnering with the Michigan attorney general’s office to host a consumer education event on Friday, Dec. 14.  This month’s presentation will feature information on investment fraud and how to identify potential scams. “Providing a learning opportunity for citizens of all ages is important when it comes to recognizing…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Reilly on Dec. 17

State Rep. John Reilly invites residents to join him for local office hours in Oxford and Orion Township on Monday, Dec. 17. “I always look forward to meeting residents and discussing important issues,” Rep. Reilly said. “Connecting with community members and listening to their concerns is one of my top priorities as a state representative.”…