Rep. LaSata’s water beautification program legislation making waves

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Kim LaSata to streamline rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs was approved today by the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee. In 2009, then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed Executive Order 45, which combined the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) into the Department of…

Johnson bill would give utility customers control of their own data

State Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced legislation to ensure Michigan utility customers own and control their personal energy usage data. “Technology is rapidly developing and shows no signs of slowing down,” said Johnson, R-Wayland. “As technology progresses, so does the need for individual control of personal information and data.” Johnson’s bill simply states that a…

Committee considers Rep. Hoitenga’s pepper spray legislation

Bill enables vulnerable people to protect themselves State Rep. Michele Hoitenga testified before the House Judiciary Committee today in support of legislation making it easier for vulnerable people to obtain and carry pepper spray for self-defense in Michigan. Hoitenga, of Manton, said her bill raises the maximum allowable concentration of oleoresin capsicum, the active ingredient…

Michigan House approves legislation creating ‘Foster Children’s Bill of Rights’

Runestad: Legislation empowers kids going through traumatic times Legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Runestad as part of a bipartisan package offering Michigan foster children some much-needed stability was overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. The legislation creates the Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy, which spells out the rights all…

Michigan House approves legislation creating ‘Foster Children’s Bill of Rights’

Hornberger: Bills offer protection for kids in vulnerable situations Legislation introduced by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger offering Michigan foster children much-needed stability was overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. The measure is part of a three-bill bipartisan package. The package creates the Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy, which spells out…

Rep. Kesto supports legislation against cyberbullying

State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, hosted a hearing today to consider two bills outlawing the act of cyberbullying. “As a father, I believe this kind of behavior has to stop,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “Michigan has no law on the books specifically addressing cyberbullying, but this is…

Rep. Whiteford announces December office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will host local office hours on Friday, Dec. 15. “Listening to the concerns of members of the community is a very important aspect of my job,” Whiteford said. “Local office hours are a great way for me to speak with my neighbors about how I can better serve…

Rep. LaSata testifies on bill to honor Trooper Robert J. Mihalik

Legislation renames portion of Red Arrow Highway after fallen MSP officer State Rep. Kim LaSata today testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of her legislation to rename a portion of a highway in Berrien County after fallen Michigan State Police Trooper Robert J. Mihalik. On September 9, 1984, Mihalik became the…

Rep. Bizon’s disabled veteran bill approved by House Committee

The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. John Bizon, of Battle Creek. Bizon’s measure would allow honorably discharged veterans to have a state park passport fee waived if proof of their 100-percent disabled status is provided to the Secretary of State. “This legislation acts as another way…

Rep. Lucido, Macomb officials speak against cyberbullying

State Rep. Peter Lucido today was joined by Macomb County assistant prosecutors William Harding and Derek Miller to speak before the House Law and Justice Committee in support of Lucido’s legislation to stop cyberbullying. “I’m a firm believer in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but hate speech, threats and intimidation are not universally…

Rep. LaFave invites residents to local office hours

Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced his December office hours for residents of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. “The U.P. deserves a representative who is accessible,” Rep. LaFave said. “Although the district I represent spans over 4,000 square miles, I have remained accessible largely through local office hours. I look forward to ending 2017…

Rep. Tedder hosts December office hours

State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of December. “My monthly office hours are a great way to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Tedder said. “Listening to the concerns of people in our communities is one of my top priorities as a…