Rep. Kowall invites local residents to attend December office hours

Lawmaker also hosting shelter donation drive during the events State Rep. Eileen Kowall encourages all residents of the 44th House District to attend the office hour events she has scheduled during the month of December. In conjunction with her office hours, Kowall will also accept toiletry items and other donations, and all contributions will be…

Rep. Jacobsen welcomes members of the community to meet for office hours

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen is sponsoring office hours in Brandon Township in December. Residents are invited to join Rep. Jacobsen on Monday, Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brandon Township Public Library located at 304 South St. in Ortonville. “My regular office hours are a great opportunity to build relationships with…

Rep. Pscholka to hold in-district coffee hours

Lawmaker encourages feedback from local residents State Rep. Al Pscholka will be hosting coffee hours this month for residents who have local or state questions, comments or concerns. “I encourage residents to stop by and discuss any questions or issues they may have,” said Rep. Pscholka. “No appointment is necessary.” The coffee hours will be…

States Insist on Third Grade Reading Proficiency

— Via Stateline: The Daily News Service of The Pew Charitable Trusts Educators have known for decades that learning how to read by the third grade is a critical milestone for children. Students who fall too far behind by the third grade rarely catch up. One recent study found that students who don’t read well by…

House approves Outman bill modernizing potato industry

State panel will now have more flexibility The Michigan House this week approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Rick Outman that streamlines the functions of the Michigan Potato Industry Commission to meet the needs of potato growers in a timely manner. The House on Thursday approved House Bill 4546, which provides the commission with…

Bill will assist communities in need of trained firefighters

The Michigan House approved legislation to allow firefighters to volunteer or seek a part-time position with other fire departments, announced Rep. Roger Victory Under House Bill 4624, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Victory, firefighters will be able to work part-time at other fire stations or volunteer their time at another fire station as long as…

House approves Haveman’s Firefighter Right to Volunteer bill

Michigan firefighters will no longer be prohibited from working for more than one municipality, thanks to legislation authored by Rep. Joe Haveman and approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. Haveman drafted the bill after being approached by a constituent who is employed full-time by a large municipality, but wants the ability to volunteer,…

Michigan is brewing jobs

Craft beer is a growing industry in Michigan, having rapidly expanded during the last 20 years. Breweries from Bellaire to Holland to Commerce Township have eagerly awaited the passage of House Bills 4709-11, which authorize increased craft beer output and permit establishment of new locations for existing breweries. Bill 4709 increases the barrel threshold for…

Potvin to hold November office hours

State Rep. Phil Potvin will be hosting office hours on Nov. 21 and 22.  Potvin’s meetings will occur in Mecosta County on Nov. 21, and Wexford and Osceola counties on Nov. 22. The time and location of these meetings are as follows: Thursday, Nov. 21: Deerfield Township: 3-4 p.m. at the Deerfield Township Hall, 396…

Michigan’s insured would gain access to Obamacare’s impact under legislation

Michigan health insurers would have to provide written notice of any premium changes attributed to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) under transparency legislation approved today by the House Insurance Committee, state Rep. Mike Shirkey announced. House Bill 4816, introduced by Shirkey, requires the impact on people’s premiums to be clearly stated so that people…

Measure clarifies new law to remove any doubt about jury trials

LANSING – Michigan residents who have the right to a trial by jury against the state can continue to bring their lawsuit in local circuit court under legislation introduced today by Rep. Mike Shirkey and co-sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom.  The legislation clarifies a new state law that gave voters from across the state a…