Kesto: Scrap metal reform bill will deter rampant theft

Lawmaker led work group that crafted compromise The Michigan House today approved a scrap metal reform bill that state Rep. Klint Kesto said will make sellers and buyers accountable and should put a huge dent in theft. The House voted 98-12 to approve the compromise measure, which was hammered out in a work group headed…

Rep. Lauwers sponsors resolution honoring 10th annual Ag Day

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, at left, today participated in the 10th annual Ag Day at the state Capitol in Lansing.  Lauwers sponsored a resolution honoring the traditional event.  Joining Lauwers with the resolution are, from left, Dave Armstrong of Greenstone Farm Credit Services and Yale resident Jay Ferguson of the Michigan Soybean Association. Lauwers, member…

House approves meaningful scrap metal reform bill

Rep. Muxlow: No more ‘green money’ sales The Michigan House today approved scrap metal reform that its sponsor, state Rep. Paul Muxlow, said will bring an end to rampant and unregulated cash sales of commonly stolen items. The House voted 98-12 late this afternoon to approve House Bill 4593. Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, said the…

Rep. Johnson brings House Speakers together

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, center, had the honor of introducing Josiah Bear, a sophomore at Clare High School, to Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger this week during the MSU 4-H Capitol Experience program. Bear was elected by his peers as Speaker of the House for this year’s 4-H conference in Lansing, an annual program…

House panel OKs Kesto bill giving skilled parolees second chance

Bills link reformed convicts to job creators The House Commerce Committee today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto that will help reduce the high unemployment rate among Michigan prison parolees by issuing certificates of employability to highly skilled ex-convicts. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, is author of House Bill 5216, which allows the Department of…

Michigan House continues push for more transparency in state government

LANSING – In a continuing effort toward greater transparency, House Speaker Jase Bolger today announced that Michigan residents will now be able to stay more informed about how legislation changes throughout the committee process. As the state celebrates Sunshine Week, a national initiative to educate the public about the importance of open government, Bolger said…

Rep. Muxlow hosts March office hours in Brown City

No appointment needed to attend State Rep. Paul Muxlow will meet with residents during office hours on Monday, March 31 in Brown City. Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, said the meeting will be from 3 to 4 p.m. in his district office at 4256 Main St. in Brown City. “It’s very important to have regular meetings…

MacGregor invites residents to join him at local office hours

Lawmaker ready to answer questions and concerns State Rep. Peter MacGregor today announced he has scheduled a pair of office hour events in Plainfield Township. MacGregor will be available to meet with residents of the 73rd House District and discuss state or local issues on Monday, March 24 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and again…

Jenkins encourages fiscal responsibility with bill introduction

Banks will be better able to promote financial responsibility under legislation introduced today by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins. House Bill 5412 enables banks to conduct and promote “savings promotion raffles,” bringing them in line with credit unions in the state, which can already perform such raffles. “Too many people in the state are forced to…

More Michigan communities, residents to benefit from revenue sharing under Poleski plan

More than 1,000 additional Michigan communities and residents would benefit from millions of specialized revenue sharing dollars under a plan unveiled today by state Rep. Earl Poleski that allocates the payments based on the number of residents living in the communities. The Poleski plan affects only revenue sharing through the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP). …

Schmidt receives Aviation Achievement Award

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, received the 2014 Aviation Achievement Award from the Michigan Business Aviation Association (MBAA) at the Capitol this afternoon. “I am so very grateful to the MBAA and the many wonderful businesses and people who are part of this organization,” Schmidt said. “As chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,…