Rep. Lauwers, Champion Auto Ferry official testify on bill to streamline ferry oversight

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of a bill to update the oversight of the carriers by water act within Michigan State Police (MSP) and reform ferry regulations. MSP assumed the regulation of the services, rates and fares of certain ferries from the Michigan Public Service…

Rep. Rendon announces grant to upgrade sewer system in Grayling

State Rep. Daire Rendon today announced the City of Grayling will replace the current sewer system that services businesses and homes in the community. The Michigan Strategic Fund will invest over $1.5 million in the community for this repair and replacement. The grant allows the communities to upgrade the existing water and sewer systems as…

Rep. Rendon invites residents to November office hours

State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City will sponsor local office hours for the month of November. “As a representative, it is important for me to be accessible in my district,” Rep. Rendon said. “I look forward to meeting with my residents and hearing any concerns or ideas they may have for me to take…

Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden invites people to talk with him about issues facing Michigan during his October coffee hours. “Hosting coffee hours helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to people in our community.”  Iden said. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they may have about…

Rep. Sheppard supports dual enrollment for border school districts

In an effort to increase access to secondary education, state Rep. Jason Sheppard voted for giving area students more dual enrollment options today by supporting legislation to allow students in state border school districts to attend out-of-state programs. The House bill includes specific stipulation that the out-of-state educational facility be within 20 miles of the…

Legislation to expand dual enrollment to border school districts approved in House

High school students in school districts bordering Michigan’s state borders are one step closer to more post-secondary and dual enrollment options after the House approved legislation by state Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis. The legislation amends the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act with the specific stipulation that the out-of-state educational facility must be within 20 miles…

Rep. Bizon bill aids graduates of Youth ChalleNGe Academy

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Dr. John Bizon of Battle Creek helps troubled young people who complete the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy gain a fresh start. The Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, located at Fort Custer in Battle Creek, is a 22-week residential program operated by the National Guard that offers youth ages 16 to 18…

Michigan Senate approves Bellino’s bill helping police and fire retirees

The Michigan Senate today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Joe Bellino providing income tax relief to younger police and fire department retirees not covered by Social Security. The legislation is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. “I look forward to this proposal becoming state law,” Bellino, of Monroe, said after the…

Rep. Lucido bills to protect falsely accused individuals approved by House committee

The House Law and Justice Committee today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Peter J. Lucido which would erase all arrest and personal identification information for any individual found to be falsely accused or when charges are dismissed before trial. “One of the core tenets of our legal system is we’re innocent until proven guilty,”…

Rep. Alexander’s proposal for abandoned cemetery funds passes House floor vote

A bill introduced by state Rep. Julie Alexander that returns money to its rightful owner as a result of abandoned cemetery lot deposits recently was advanced in a vote by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill allows county treasurers to transfer money to a local municipality’s general fund if cemetery lots and…

Rep. Farrington backs resolution calling for July 1 budget deadline

Legislators’ pay would be docked if the budget was not ready   State Rep. Diana Farrington today said she fully supports a House resolution calling for a balanced state budget to be presented to the governor by July 1 each year. Farrington, of Utica, said she became a co-sponsor of House Joint Resolution X because…