Representative Hernandez praises local farmers in wildfire relief efforts

Representative Shane Hernandez is proud to assist Michigan farmers who have generously come to the aid of ranchers in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas where wildfires have devastated approximately 1.1 million acres of ranch land creating a state of emergency for cattle ranchers. “The efforts of these local farmers were brought to our attention when a…

Rep. Frederick: Transparent government is a priority

State Rep. Ben Frederick on Thursday voted in favor of a bipartisan 11-bill legislative package to make the Legislature and executive branch of state government more transparent to the public. Frederick, of Owosso, said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites the people of Leelanau County to attend his local coffee hours on Monday, March 20. Coffee hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting. “Receiving feedback and constituent opinions are a critical component of my approach to state government,” said VanderWall….

Laser pointer aircraft safety bills approved by House

The state House of Representatives voted for pilot and public safety, approving legislation by Rep. Laura Cox to criminalize pointing a laser or directed energy device at or in the path of an aircraft. During committee testimony, it was revealed that a Michigan State Police helicopter and three aircrafts heading to Detroit Metropolitan Airport were…

Rep. Aaron Miller schedules March district hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced his monthly district meetings for local residents. Upon announcing his March district hours, Rep. Miller emphasized the importance of accountability and availability to people. “Accessibility goes hand-in-hand with good representation,” said Rep. Miller. “If anyone has questions, comments or ideas about state government, I highly encourage them…

Rep. Griffin praises House for vote on more transparency

State Rep. Beth Griffin voted for the people of Michigan and making government more accountable on Thursday, supporting all 11 bills in a landmark transparency reform package. Griffin, of Mattawan, said the legislative package makes the executive branch, which includes the governor and lieutenant governor, subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It also…

Rep. Cox to visit local schools for March is Reading Month

State Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia will visit seven local elementary schools during the month of March in order to celebrate “March is Reading Month.” Rep. Cox will be reading to students at Cass, Garfield, Hoover, Roosevelt and Webster elementary schools within the Livonia Public School District, as well as St. Edith and St. Michael…

Rep. Allor, colleagues vote to improve government transparency

State Rep. Sue Allor today voted for sweeping bipartisan legislation, including a bill she introduced, to make state government more transparent and accountable. Allor, of Wolverine, explained the legislative package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called…

Rep. Lilly casts yes vote for more state government transparency

State Rep. Jim Lilly voted today for a more open state government, approving sweeping legislation that makes the legislature and governor’s office more transparent. Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts.  However, the 11-bill package would address this and make the…

Rep. Hornberger praises House for increasing transparency

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted for bipartisan legislation that will make Michigan’s government more accountable to the people it serves. Hornberger of Chesterfield Township said the 11-bill legislative package will make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act while also creating a similar disclosure requirement, called the Legislative Open…

Rep. Hernandez: House takes step toward more transparency

State Rep. Shane Hernandez today voted on a bipartisan legislative package that makes state government more accountable to the people it serves. Hernandez, of Port Huron, said the 11-bill legislative package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators…

Rep. Whiteford: People deserve more government accountability

State Rep. Mary Whiteford joined the House of Representatives today in upholding the bipartisan commitment to make government more accountable and accessible to the residents of Allegan County and Michigan. Whiteford, of Casco Township, voted on an 11-bill government transparency package to make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act…