Michigan House approves measures to allow Uber, Lyft to operate in state

Uber, Lyft and other transportation network companies (TNCs) would be allowed to operate in Michigan under legislation approved with bi-partisan support today by the Michigan House of Representatives. House Bills 4637-4641 will establish statewide guidelines to allow TNCs to operate under a single regulatory framework. HB 4638, which exempts TNCs from the limousine transportation act,…

State budget for Fiscal Years 2015-2016 signed into law

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law Senate Bill 133 and House Bill 4115, the General Fund and School Aid Fund budgets, respectively, following their passage by the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan State Senate earlier this month. Working in a bipartisan way, the Legislature has successfully passed another balanced budget that pays…

Rep. Pscholka speaks on FY 15-16 budget signing

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rep. Al Pscholka today made the following full statement with regard to Michigan’s budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016: “Well, there you have it. A fiscally responsible budget that makes smart investment in areas of great need and that generate great return. I’m proud to help lead our chamber in the continuing…

House Criminal Justice committee approves reform package

State Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, today announced the committee approval of a series of comprehensive criminal justice reform initiatives, with measures designed to more appropriately match sentencing and parole conditions to various crimes, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year. The House Criminal Justice committee’s far-reaching reforms follow swiftly on the heels of…

Rep. Kelly invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Tim Kelly invites residents of the 94th House District to attend his office hours this month on Friday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 30. “It is always a pleasure to meet personally with my constituents,” said Rep. Kelly, R-Saginaw Township. “I look forward to working closely with residents on state issues and addressing…

Coffee with Cole

State Rep. Triston Cole announces upcoming office hours State Rep. Triston Cole invites residents of the 105th House District to meet with him locally during in-district office hours this upcoming month to discuss important state and local issues of interest. “I want to get to know all the constituents in my area so that they…

Rep. Miller welcomes Miss Dowagiac and court to Capitol

Rep. Miller welcomes Miss Dowagiac and court to Capitol   State Rep. Aaron Miller today welcomed Miss Dowagiac 2015 and her court to the Michigan Capitol today, introducing the royalty to colleagues during session. Rep. Miller, R-Sturgis, had as his guests Miss Dowagiac 2015 Tori Smith; First Runner-up Abigail Brizendine; Second Runner-up Riley Saylor; and…

Rep. Maturen joins lawmakers at Oswalt family beef and lamb farm

PHOTO: State Rep. Dave Maturen, R-Vicksburg, joins House Agriculture Committee chair state Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, at the Oswalt family beef and lamb farm in Vicksburg. Pictured from left to right: Steve Oswalt, Rep. Lauwers, Sheryl Oswalt, Scott Oswalt, Rep. Maturen and Taylor Oswalt.

Residents invited to attend local Internet connection issue meeting

State Rep. Earl Poleski will host a June 22 meeting with Ed Marshall, general manager of Frontier Communications regarding village of Concord and the Internet connection issues that residents have been experiencing. The meeting will be at Concord High School’s library, located at 219 Monroe St. in Concord, from 6 to 8 p.m. “The Frontier…

Governor’s Talent Investment Board holds first meeting for new term

Rep. Iden excited to work with board on important talent initiatives             The first meeting of the Governor’s Talent Investment Board for the 2015-16 term took place this week. State Rep. Brandt Iden, who was appointed to serve on the board by House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, said the meeting was a good opening…

House committee unanimously approves Rep. Bizon bill

Measure removes outdated language from state law             The phrase “human monstrosity” would no longer appear in state law under a bill unanimously approved by the House Criminal Justice Committee today. State Rep. John Bizon, who sponsored House Bill 4709, said the language is in a law banning doctors from exposing or exhibiting in public…

Summer reading contest for local students announced by Rep. Price

State Rep. Amanda Price has announced a summer reading contest for local students in the West Michigan community. “Reading over the summer is an important part of a healthy break from school,” said Rep. Price, R-Park Township. “Ensuring that our kids keep their minds active and their reading skills sharp will give them a great…