Rep. Miller advocates for T.K. Lawless County Park to become dark sky preserve

A measure supported by State Rep. Aaron Miller this week to designate the Dr. T.K. Lawless County Park in Cass County as a dark sky preserve was approved by the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee. “The dark sky movement in Michigan is on fire — there is a high demand for these unique…

Rep. Berman cryptocurrency plan protects Michigan residents

Legislation heads to governor’s desk for review The Michigan Senate unanimously approved a proposal today from state Rep. Ryan Berman updating the Michigan Penal Code to reflect technological advancements. House Bill 4105, part of a bipartisan package, expands the embezzlement definition within state law to include cryptocurrency to protect Michigan consumers. “Real crimes can be…

Rep. Rendon, House vote on finalized budget plan protecting northern Michigan communities

State Rep. Daire Rendon and the Michigan House today finished voting on a plan to reverse Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget cuts to various initiatives helping K-12 students, law enforcement and opioid prevention resources  – ending a two-month budget stalemate. Through 147 line-item budget vetoes, Whitmer cut nearly $1 billion from the state budget that began…

House approves Rep. Whiteford’s plan to ensure parolees address mental health needs

Measure would create seamless transition for inmates returning to society State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to ensure people who are treated for mental health and substance abuse disorders in prison continue receiving treatment upon their release was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said about 20 percent…

Rep. Brann votes for plan to end budget impasse, reverse governor’s cuts

State Rep. Tommy Brann today voted to reverse the governor’s cuts to initiatives helping the state’s most vulnerable residents – ending a budget impasse. Brann, of Wyoming, joined the Legislature in restoring funding to education, public safety, veterans’ services and several other programs. The plan will soon head to Gov. Whitmer for her signature, reversing…

Rep. Hauck votes to finalize budget restoration funding

State Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, today joined colleagues in the Michigan Legislature in giving final approval to a plan restoring budget funding vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year. The governor vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she signed the budget plan for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1….

Rep. Markkanen: Plan finalized to end budget impasse, reverse governor’s cuts

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today voted to reverse the governor’s cuts to initiatives helping the state’s most vulnerable residents – ending a budget impasse. Markkanen, of Hancock, joined the Legislature in restoring funding to public safety, education, veterans’ services and several other programs. A measure sponsored by Markkanen – restoring $34.3 million in essential funding…

Rep. Meerman sets up Nativity scene at state Capitol

State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville, took over the informal tradition of setting up a Nativity scene on the east lawn of the Michigan Capitol building today. For five years, former Sen. Rick Jones took it upon himself to obtain a multi-day permit for the Nativity scene. Sen. Jones would then personally travel to the…

Rep. Wakeman to host agriculture town hall

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host an agriculture town hall on Monday, Jan. 27 to meet with local farmers of the 94th District. Rep. Wakeman will be joined by Rep. Luke Meerman, a dairy farmer who serves as vice chair of the House Committee on Agriculture. “I’m proud of the farming community here…

Rep. Wakeman schedules local office hour

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours in December to meet with local residents of the 94th District. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish this year,” Rep. Wakeman said. “I welcome all to attend so we can talk about my first year in the state House and discuss…