Rep. Somerville announces May office hours

State Rep. Patrick Somerville invites residents of Wayne county to meet with him during office hours this May to share conversation and ideas regarding state government. Rep. Somerville’s office hours for May will be at the following times and locations: On Friday, May 15 in Woodhaven at Panera Bread, 23061 Allen Road, from 10 to…

Rep. Cole announces May coffee hours

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, will hold coffee hours on May 16 on Beaver Island. On Saturday, May 16, Rep. Cole will be available to meet with residents of the 105th House District at Beaver Island Community Schools, 37895 King’s Highway in Beaver Island, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “I want to get to…

Rep. Cox appointed to national committee by Speaker Cotter

House Speaker Kevin Cotter has appointed state Rep. Laura Cox to serve on the Budgets and Revenue Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) for the 2015-2016 term. Rep. Cox—who is chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and vice chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Judiciary—has served on the…

Clare and Osceola counties receive grants to better connect veterans with earned benefits

Two local counties have received $30,000 in grants to better connect local veterans with the benefits the earned through their military service, announced state Rep. Joel Johnson. “Our veterans have provided so much for our country and our freedom,” said Rep. Johnson, R-Clare. “These grants will help them get the benefits that they’ve earned.” Clare…

House unanimously passes Rep. Runestad’s first bill to eliminate adoption fees

A bill that eliminates a fee for parents to be listed on a registry of potential adoptive homes has passed the House after receiving unanimous consent, announced bill sponsor state Rep. Jim Runestad. House Bill 4457 eliminates two fees—a $100 initial fee and a $50 annual fee—for parents beginning the adoption process. The Michigan Adoptive…

Rep. Hughes invites all area residents to 4th Annual Veterans Job Fair

Event to feature 65 local employers looking for talented employees State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, vice chair of the House Military and Veterans Committee, encourages veterans and non-veterans alike to attend the 4th Annual Veterans Job Fair on Friday, May 15 aboard the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum in Muskegon. The event was started in…

Rep. Howrylak introduces bill to improve oversight of Michigan Strategic Fund expenditures

State Rep. Martin Howrylak this week introduced a bill requiring all Michigan Strategic Fund monies to pass through the appropriations process before being distributed. “The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) currently has the unchecked power to disburse these funds,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “As currently constituted, this process lacks accountability and needs to be improved…

Rep. Howrylak invites local seniors to Senior Brigade event

State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites local residents to his third annual Senior Brigade event with the Attorney General’s office to focus on helping seniors with a number of important issues. The event starts at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at the Clawson Senior Center, 509 Fisher Court in Clawson. The presentation this year will…

Rep. Howrylak invites residents to May office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites local residents to meet with him during his office hours in May. Office hours will be held in Troy on Saturday, May 16, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Troy Public Library, located at 510 W. Big Beaver Road. Another event will be held in June at a location…

Rep. Rendon applauds House approval of bill to reopen Baldwin prison, create jobs

Measure authorizes privately-operated prison in Lake County A bill was approved by the Michigan House this week to permit the reopening of Lake County’s Baldwin prison, announced state Rep. Bruce Rendon. In a county where jobs can be hard to find, Rep. Rendon said he celebrates the opportunity to reestablish this facility and create approximately…

House approves Rep. Kesto bill protecting military’s parental rights

The Michigan House today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Klint Kesto to prevent changes in parental and custody rights if one parent is deployed on active duty in the armed forces. House Bill 4482 is part of a bicameral bill package protecting the parental rights of service men and women. Rep. Kesto’s bill…