Rep. Lauwers, Mayor Cronin listen to governor’s speech

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, welcomed Jim Cronin, Yale mayor for the last decade, to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address in the House chamber this evening.  Lauwers said the priorities the governor laid out in his speech are important for improving Michigan.

Pastor Troyer opens State of the State session with Rep. Cole

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, welcomed Senior Pastor Jerry Troyer and his wife Mary Jo of the Eastport Baptist Church to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address in the House chamber on Tuesday evening. Troyer delivered the opening invocation to begin the Legislature’s joint session for the governor’s speech.

Potvin appointed chair for budget subcommittee

Lawmaker to lead House discussion on school-related budget State Rep. Phil Potvin has been appointed by Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, where he will head the Subcommittee on the Department of Education. The Cadillac lawmaker also will serve as vice chair of the Subcommittee on School Aid,…

Rendon gets gavel for House tourism committee

State Rep. Bruce Rendon will chair the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee, as well as be vice chair for the Natural Resources Committee, in the 2015-16 Michigan Legislature. “Northern Michigan’s unbeatable natural resources are the heart of our state’s recreation and tourism opportunities and pushing the Pure Michigan experience at home and abroad will…

Hughes appointed vice chair of Military and Veterans Affairs Committee

Legislator to serve on Energy Policy, Health Policy, Commerce and Trade committees State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, this week was appointed to serve as vice chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in the 98th Legislature. The second-term lawmaker previously served as a member of the committee during the 2011-2012 session. “Taking care of…

McCready to chair Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education

Legislator to serve as vice chair of appropriations subcommittees for Human Services, Licensing and Regulatory Reform State Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, this week was appointed to chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education in the 98th Legislature. “Balancing a multi-billion dollar budget is no simple feat, but I’m eager to assist the process…

Rep. Chatfield to chair House Local Government Committee

State Representative Lee Chatfield was named by Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter to serve as chairman of the Local Government Committee, and he will serve on three other committees during the 2015-2016 legislative session. Chatfield was one of two freshman House members appointed by the Speaker to chair a standing committee. The first-term lawmaker…

Cole appointed House agriculture vice-chair, working on 4 additional policy committees

Freshman lawmaker Rep. Triston Cole has been assigned to work on five House policy committees, including serving as second-in-charge of the House Agriculture Committee. Cole was also appointed to the House committees on Energy Policy; Judiciary; Tourism and Outdoor Recreation; and Transportation and Infrastructure. “I’m excited for the opportunity to serve on these committees as…

Forlini named to chair House Financial Services Committee

Lawmaker will serve on three other panels   State Rep. Anthony Forlini has been named chair of the House Financial Services Committee by Speaker Kevin Cotter. Forlini also will serve as a member of three other important committees. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, said his 32 years of financial-service experience will be invaluable in his role as chair…

Cox appointed chair of General Government subcommittee

State Rep. Laura Cox was appointed by House Speaker Kevin Cotter to the House Appropriations Committee where she will serve as chair of the Subcommittee on General Government for the 98th Legislature. Cox also has been named to three other subcommittees. She will serve as vice chair of the Subcommittee on Judiciary as well as…

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Runestad named vice chair of House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors

State Rep. Jim Runestad was named vice chair of the House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors. In addition he will serve on three additional House committees for the 2015-2016 term. Runestad was also named to the House Committees on Local Government, Insurance and Judiciary. “As a foster parent myself I am eager to serve…

Rep. Outman to serve on four House committees

All assignments are key to the 70th House District   State Rep. Rick Outman was named by Speaker Kevin Cotter to serve on four key House committees, including the Agriculture Committee. Outman, R-Six Lakes, also will serve on the Communications and Technology Committee, the Energy Policy Committee and the Military and Veterans Affairs panel. “I…