State Legislature votes for Rep. Alexander plan to help teachers

Legislation part of bipartisan package focused on career development The state Legislature on Tuesday approved state Rep. Julie Alexander’s bill to provide teachers with more professional development opportunities by engaging with area employers and post-secondary training centers. “Each teacher’s professional development can be a key element of education in the classroom, especially when it has…

Rep. VanderWall amends online gaming bill to help fund schools

House gives approval to plan, sends it to Senate   The Michigan House has approved a plan to regulate online gaming, including an amendment submitted by state Rep. Curt VanderWall to direct 5 percent of revenue from gaming to the School Aid Fund. VanderWall, of Ludington, supported the measure, which will allow online gambling only…

Rendon plan expanding skilled trades instruction approved

Legislation to be named in honor of late state school superintendent The state Legislature on Tuesday approved state Rep. Daire Rendon’s landmark plan to create age-appropriate skilled trades learning programs for each grade level in Michigan’s school districts. The bill calls for the state Department of Education to develop skilled trade instruction for the state’s…

Runestad plan helps families look out for loved ones in nursing homes

Measure would allow installation of resident-approved cameras   State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, introduced legislation Tuesday allowing residents to approve the installation of cameras in their private nursing home rooms. Under the legislation a facility could not refuse to allow a family and the resident this option. “Families are looking for more ways to…

Northern Michigan representatives unveil additional protections for Great Lakes

Plan improves pipeline safety, increases accountability Three northern Michigan representatives have introduced a plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. State Reps. Lee Chatfield, Sue Allor and Triston Cole said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to…

Rep. Tedder honors robotics world champions

State Rep. Jim Tedder recognized Clarkston High School’s Team RUSH 27 as winners of the 2018 FIRST Championship Global Robotics Competition on Tuesday. Rep. Tedder honored members of Team RUSH with a tribute and a special introduction at the Michigan House of Representatives. “These incredible students and innovators have achieved the unimaginable,” Rep. Tedder said….

Rep. Glenn: Updated ballast water plan will reinvigorate Michigan’s shipping industry

The state Legislature on Tuesday approved a proposal sponsored by state Rep. Gary Glenn to rekindle Michigan’s shipping industry while maintaining robust standards that keep invasive species from the Great Lakes. Michigan is saddled with the most stringent ballast water discharge laws in the region. The restrictions drove Michigan’s entire ocean-going export business to surrounding…

Rep. Webber: Budget focuses on key priorities to hard-working taxpayers

Fiscally responsible plan headed to the governor   State Rep. Michael Webber this week voted to approve a balanced state budget that cuts government spending, pays down debt, and focuses on issues important to hard-working taxpayers. Rep. Webber, of Rochester Hills, said the spending blueprint puts extra emphasis on repairing roads and bridges, training people…

Rep. Allor proud of continued progress in effort to crack down on pension poaching

Senate approves plan protecting Michigan veterans and their families  A proposal from state Rep. Sue Allor to help in the prevention of individuals or agencies from profiting off veterans benefit services that can be obtained for free was unanimously advanced in a vote by the Michigan Senate this week. House Bill 4918 prohibits a practice…

Rep. Runestad calls for resignation of 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan

State Rep. Jim Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, today called for 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan to resign amidst a pattern of improper conduct, leading to ongoing investigations and a federal lawsuit. Brennan has been under investigation through the Judicial Tenure Commission in the wake of an affair with a Michigan State…

Rep. Lower votes for budget with focus on education, environment

Spending blueprint also addresses need for better roads   State Rep. James Lower this week added his vote in favor of a state budget that reins in government spending and directs funding where it is needed. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said the budget addresses many vital programs and projects to improve the quality of life…