Franz legislation to help military families approved unanimously by Michigan House

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation by Rep. Ray Franz that would allow Michigan’s military families to get needed financial assistance more quickly, as soon as 30 days after a unit’s mobilization order is issued. House Bill 4811 allows the Military Relief Fund to accept grant applications beginning 30 days after a unit receives…

Rep. Lauwers reading contest winners announced

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today announced that three students from St. Clair County will get a special pizza party in their classroom after winning the first-ever Lauwers Summer Reading Contest. Winners include third-grader Paul Camire of Capac Elementary School; first-grader Conner Clark of Orchard Primary School in Almont; and fifth-grader Lawrence Smafield of Gardens Elementary…

Kowall introduces bill to help prevent scrap metal larceny

State Rep. Eileen Kowall recently introduced legislation designed to combat scrap metal larceny in Michigan by laying out specific penalties and reporting guidelines for law enforcement. House Bill 5027 establishes scrap metal theft as a specific offense in the Michigan Penal Code, allowing law enforcement officers to better track and report the problem throughout the…

Zorn announces grant for Monroe County to consolidate services, improve efficiency

State Rep. Dale Zorn announced Monroe County will receive a state grant to help make local government more efficient for the county and local municipalities. Zorn, R-Ida, said the county will receive $57,846 in Competitive Grant Assistance Program funds from the Michigan Department of Treasury. The money will be used by the county to share…

Pagel introduces resolution declaring October “Apple Month” in Michigan

The Michigan House of Representatives recently approved a resolution authored by Rep. Dave Pagel declaring October 2013 as Apple Month in the state. “As an apple farmer myself, I am proud of this wonderful agricultural heritage in Michigan,” said Pagel, R-Oronoko Township. “Our state’s apple growers are in the process of harvesting a 30 million…

Rep. Nancy Jenkins, R-Clayton (third row, second from the left), joins other volunteers during the Lenawee United Way’s ‘Day of Action.’

Jenkins volunteers for United Way during ‘Day of Action’

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins recently took part in the Lenawee United Way’s ‘Day of Action,’ joining other local volunteers in the dismantling of the New Focus Club House in Adrian. “It was an honor to work with so many volunteers and swing a hammer for a good cause,” said Jenkins, R-Clayton. “The work that both…

Rep. Kesto announces upcoming office hours

State Rep. Klint Kesto will host a series of informal Espresso with Kesto meetings in West Bloomfield, Commerce Township and Wixom. Kesto invites residents to attend the office hours to discuss issues and ask questions at the following locations and times: West Bloomfield: Friday, Oct. 4, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Leo’s Coney Island,…

Alpena native joins Pettalia staff

State Rep. Peter Pettalia has named Alpena native Cassandra Daleski to his Lansing office to handle constituent relations. “I am extremely happy that Cassandra has joined our staff and will be helping people in the 106th House District negotiate any issues with state or local government,” said Pettalia, R-Presque Isle. “She brings a deep understanding of…

Rep. Poleski receives special award for legislative work

State Rep. Earl Poleski on Monday was awarded the Legislative Impact Award by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants for his efforts to eliminate potential red tape and bureaucracy for Michigan small businesses. Poleski, a Certified Public Accountant, introduced House Bill 4654, which reforms Michigan laws regarding corporations to reflect the current standard of…

Rep. Howrylak announces October office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites residents of the 41st District to meet with him and discuss state local issues at either of his October office hours. Office hours will take place in both Troy and Clawson; the first will take place Monday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Panera Bread in Troy, located…

State departments and services currently not affected by federal shutdown — Lauwers

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today announced that all state offices and departments currently remain open despite the federal government’s unwillingness to reach a budget compromise in Washington, D.C. “Some people have asked me if I was going into work today due to the government shutdown, so it’s important people know the distinction between state and…

Panel clears Forlini bill to allow common-sense bicycle signals

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Anthony Forlini that allows bicyclists to use an alternate right-turn signal that will make Michigan roads safer for everyone. House Bill 4866 lets bicyclists signal a right turn with their right arm held out to their side instead of using their…