Franz bill creates conditional liquor license

New businesses and ownership transferees would have the option of purchasing a conditional liquor license to allow the sale of alcohol temporarily while the state reviews its permanent documentation under House Bill 4277, sponsored by Rep. Ray Franz. The legislation was approved this week by the House Regulatory Reform Committee. It creates a $300 permit…

House bills increase curriculum flexibility

A two-bill legislative package unveiled today would modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum so high school students have the flexibility to explore career and vocational training education options. Rep. Dale Zorn joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to host a news conference at the Jackson Academy for Manufacturing Careers/Jackson Area Career Center to make the announcement…

House approves Kelly resolution to raise awareness about country’s founding documents

The Michigan House on Thursday approved a resolution sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly to declare March 16, 2013, as Liberty Day in the state of Michigan. House Resolution 63 helps honor the rights and liberties rooted in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and specifically its Bill of Rights.  The resolution also honors historical…

Rep. Jenkins offers free tax guide to residents

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins is providing a free resource for residents of the 57th House District to reference while filing their 2012 returns. The 2013 Michigan Taxpayers Guide is easy to use and contains the latest information on Michigan income tax, property tax, homestead property tax credits and other related subjects. Readers also will find…

Rep. Bumstead announces March office hours in Lake County

State Rep. Jon Bumstead is sponsoring office hours throughout Lake County on Friday, March 22. Bumstead invites anyone interested in discussing state or local issues to meet with him at the following locations and times: Baldwin: 9 to 10 a.m. – Lake Osceola Bank, 790 Michigan Ave. Irons: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Natahka,…

State lawmakers hosting transportation town hall in Jenison

State Rep. Roger Victory and state Sen. Arlen Meekhof today announced they will host a town hall to discuss transportation funding issues on Tuesday, March 19. The meeting will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at Georgetown Township Hall, located at 1515 Baldwin St. in Jenison. “Transportation funding is the big issue that everyone…

Michigan cities face staggering debt, according to testimony

Testimony in the House Financial Liability Reform Committee on Thursday showed many of Michigan’s larger cities are struggling with billions of dollars in retiree health care that could prevent long-term fiscal solvency. Michigan State University researcher Eric Scorsone testified before the committee.  He unveiled a report showing that health care benefits to Michigan’s retired Municipal…

House approves legislation to protect harbors

State Rep. Peter Pettalia today announced the passage of several bills that will improve the process of dredging harbors in the Great Lakes and inland waterways that are experiencing historic low water levels. House Bills 4398 and 4400 reduce the current dredging permit fee, which currently ranges from $1,500 to $2,000, to $50 for those…

Shirkey helping to drive legislation to put more emphasis on vocational education

State Rep. Mike Shirkey today applauded a Republican legislative package of bills that would modify the Michigan Merit Curriculum so high school students could better explore career and vocational training education options for successful careers in the skilled trades. “Our caucus has unveiled a blockbuster reform initiative that will encourage more students to pursue highly…