House, Senate approve dredging legislation to maintain Michigan’s waterways

State Rep. Amanda Price today announced legislative passage of several bills that will improve the process of dredging harbors in the Great Lakes and inland waterways that are in need of maintenance. “We need to clear the way for our local communities to ensure harbors are maintained in time for tourism season,” said Price, R-Park…

Rockford Rams water polo champs recognized by state Legislature

State Reps. Peter MacGregor and Rob VerHeulen were joined today in Lansing by the state champion Rockford Rams High School boys’ water polo team. The team compiled an impressive 50-0 record this season on the way to their ninth state title in 13 years. “These young men have accomplished a remarkable feat and should be…

Haines prior authorization bills approved by the House

Legislation authored by state Rep. Gail Haines to create a standard prior authorization prescription form for health care providers was approved by lawmakers in the state House today. House Bills 4274 and 4275 would require the creation of a universal form to prescribe medications when a patient’s health plan requires preauthorization. “The current process for…

Forlini calls on feds to restore military tuition assistance

Lawmaker: Service members deserve chance to succeed The Michigan House today approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Anthony Forlini calling on the Department of Defense to restore the Military Tuition Assistance Plan for members of the armed forces. The program was cut by the federal sequester. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, introduced House Resolution 75, which…

O’Brien: Give every Michigan child the chance to succeed

State Rep. Margaret O’Brien today voted with a majority of her colleagues in the state House to approve Education Achievement Authority legislation, putting specific parameters and oversight on the statewide school reform district created in 2009 under Race to the Top. After serving on the House Education Committee last term when similar legislation was debated,…

Pscholka dredging legislation receives final House approval

A bill to help Michigan communities make emergency dredging a reality this year received final approval in the Michigan House of Representatives and now makes its way to Gov. Snyder’s desk. State Rep. Al Pscholka authored the legislation, House Bill 4399, which helps clean up the process needed for emergency dredging. “Approval of this legislation…

Muxlow votes to keep BAC limit at 0.08

The state House on Wednesday voted unanimously to prevent a scheduled raise in the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level for Michigan drivers. State Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, voted in support of House Bill 4093, which will keep the BAC at 0.08 instead of the automatic increase to 0.10 set to go into effect…

Building a Healthy Michigan: Jobs

By Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall While in many places there is much talk about jobs, taxes and the economy, in Michigan we’re seeing great action. House Republicans worked with Gov. Snyder and our state Senate to simplify Michigan’s tax code. We put an end to special deals for a privileged few in…

Ground Water Association recognizes Franz

 State Rep. Ray Franz, second from right, has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Michigan Ground Water Association and presented the group’s 2012 Political Appreciation Award for his efforts to protect ground water in Michigan. “Representative Franz has been a friend of the Michigan Ground Water Association for many years, working tirelessly on…

Johnson, Potvin attend MOISD 50th celebration

State Reps. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, (left) and Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, (right) presented a special state tribute to Mecosta-Osceola ISD Superintendent Curtis Finch in recognition of the intermediate school district’s 50th anniversary. The lawmakers attended a MOISD celebration in Big Rapids on March 14. The tribute also was signed by Sen. Darwin Booher and Gov. Rick…