Pagel invites residents to attend office hours in July and August

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced he has scheduled office hours in Berrien Springs and Baroda in the coming weeks. On Saturday, July 27, Pagel will hold office hours at Hopper’s Family Restaurant, 9675 U.S. Highway 31 in Berrien Springs, from 10-11:30 a.m. He will also have office hours on Friday, Aug. 9 at the…

Speaker Bolger’s statement on Detroit filing for bankruptcy

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement in response to the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy: “I had hoped it wouldn’t come to bankruptcy, but clearly the decades of promises that could not be afforded meant this action could not be avoided. Now that the city has filed for bankruptcy,…

Rep. Foster announces local office hours for residents

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, will be available for office hours in July in Cheboygan, Mackinac and Chippewa counties to talk with area residents. “Ongoing office hours throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan are essential to make sure all voices are heard,” Foster said.  “I encourage people to stop by to express a concern…

Rep. Shirkey defends Michigan’s self-defense laws

State Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today defended Michigan’s version of the so-called “stand your ground” law, a state provision allowing people to use justifiable deadly force in order to protect themselves.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. strongly condemned the law earlier this week in what Shirkey said was a failed argument in trying to…

McCready, Kesto invite residents to attend Senior Brigade forum on July 29

Residents of the 39th and 40th House Districts are encouraged to attend a Senior Brigade presentation by the Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division on Monday, July 29. The event is hosted by state Reps. Mike McCready and Klint Kesto and will take place at the West Bloomfield Public Library from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The library’s…

Residents invited to natural resources forum

Pettalia welcomes House committee chair for July 25 town hall  Area residents can provide feedback and input on Michigan’s natural resources management policies at a Thursday, July 25 town hall meeting in Alpena with state Reps. Peter Pettalia and Andrea LaFontaine, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee. The 6 p.m. meeting is at the…

Rep. Lyons plans office hours in Lowell

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today announced she will sponsor office hours on Monday, July 29 in Lowell. Lyons invites residents to meet with her from 9 to 11 a.m. at Keiser’s Kitchen in downtown Lowell, 700 E. Main St. “I encourage area residents to stop by my office hours if they’d like to talk…

Genetski announces July office hours

Allegan County residents will have two opportunities in July to meet with state Rep. Bob Genetski to talk face-to-face about state government issues or concerns. The lawmaker has scheduled office hours in Pullman on July 27 and Hopkins on July 31. “No appointment is necessary and I welcome everyone to come in for a talk,”…

Common Core subcommittee slated to meet Tuesday

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced a special bipartisan subcommittee will meet in Lansing for the first time on Tuesday, July 16 to discuss whether the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) should continue to be implemented in Michigan. The House Education Subcommittee on Common Core Standards, chaired by Rep. Tim Kelly, is slated to hear…

Rep. Foster announces local office hours for residents

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, will be available for office hours on Tuesday, July 16 in Petoskey to talk with area residents. “Ongoing office hours throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan are essential to make sure all voices are heard,” Foster said.  “I encourage people to stop by to express a concern or viewpoint. …

McMillin to host July office hours

State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, has announced upcoming in-district office hours for the month of July. McMillin invites residents to meet with him at the Older Persons Commission from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, July 15 to discuss state and local issues of interest. The Older Persons Commission is located at 650 Letica…

New subcommittee to meet next week to discuss Common Core standards

A special bipartisan legislative subcommittee led by state Rep. Tim Kelly will meet for the first time on Tuesday, July 16 in Lansing to begin deliberations on how Michigan should move forward with the controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative. The House Education Subcommittee on Common Core Standards, chaired by Kelly, will hear testimony from…