Rep. Muxlow hails House passage of Logan’s Law

Bill to protect pets heads to Senate for consideration   State Rep. Paul Muxlow today commended the House for passage of Logan’s Law, a package of legislation to protect pets from abusive owners. The House voted 98-12 on Thursday to approve Rep. Muxlow’s House Bill 4534, part of a four-bill package that bans animal shelters…

Nesbitt applauds passage of career-technical education plan

Students offered options for jobs, success   State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today commended the state Senate for passage of legislation that opens the door for high-school students to take additional career and technical education classes to prepare them for future career paths. The Senate approved House Bills 4465 and 4466, introduced by state Reps. Ed…

Pscholka continues to lead drain code modernization, efficiency improvements

Legislation improves inter-county drainage districts State Rep. Al Pscholka today announced the introduction of legislation to modernize drain codes. The bills will allow for a new procedure to establish inter-county drainage districts and clarify current codes to create a more efficient process for drains. “Drain codes may not seem like a big deal to many…

Stamas: 2015 budget invests in Michigan’s future, pays down debt

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved a state budget that focuses on the state’s future, investing $13.9 billion into public schools and dedicating $1 billion to help pay down the state’s debt liabilities, announced state Rep. Jim Stamas. Under the state’s general budget, an additional $100 million will go toward revenue sharing with local communities,…

Schmidt commends 2015 budget, allocation for northern Mich. Natl. Guard armory

State budget passes House early for fourth year running State Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, announced the passage of the state budget bill that sets aside $2 million for a National Guard armory in the Traverse City area. “Working with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the legislature identified ways to improve facilities and…

Nesbitt lauds school budget that puts more money in smaller districts

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, issued the following statement after the House approved Senate Bill 775, which establishes the School Aid Fund for the coming fiscal year: “The education budget we passed yesterday helps to close the gap between schools receiving the largest per-pupil foundation allowance and those who receive the smallest by adding $125…

Rep. McBroom helps kick off June Dairy Month

State Rep. Ed McBroom and Sen. Judy Emmons gave the opening address during the annual Dairy Foods Awareness Day at the state Capitol on Wednesday to celebrate Michigan June Dairy Month. “It’s a pleasure to serve the UP and its residents at the Capitol, but also to represent different dairy issues,” said McBroom, a lifelong…

Johnson: Local schools receive 3.5-times state aid

Historic education budget narrows funding equity gap Area public school districts can expect to receive $175 per-pupil funding increases in state aid next year through a budget bill approved by the Michigan Legislature this week. State Rep. Joel Johnson voted in favor of House Bill 5314, which spends $13.9 billion on K-12 public schools –…

Bill to provide Michigan National Guard tuition help moves to the governor’s desk

Rendon legislation passed unanimously in the Senate The Michigan Senate has unanimously approved legislation to provide active-service Michigan National Guard members with tuition assistance at in-state educational institutions. The bill, which was approved unanimously in the House as well, now goes to the governor for his signature. House Bill 5451, introduced by state Rep. Bruce…

Kesto applauds House for passage of responsible budget

Lawmaker: Plan pays down debt, builds for future   State Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, issued the following statement after the House voted to approve House Bill 5313, the state General Fund budget for fiscal year 2015: “The House today approved a responsible and balanced budget on a strong bipartisan vote, setting a solid spending…

Graves commends House for passage of responsible budget

Lawmaker says spending plan focuses on priorities   State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, issued the following statement after the House voted to approve House Bill 5313, the state General Fund budget for fiscal year 2015: “This budget made strategic increases in key areas, such as public safety and education spending. We designated additional revenue…