Rep. Howrylak bill will reduce distracted driving deaths and enhance traffic safety

State Representative Martin Howrylak today gave testimony in the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his bill that would reduce distracted driving crashes by requiring drivers to operate a mobile device in hands-free mode while driving. This will preserve the driver’s ability to use a cell phone, while also protecting the lives…

Rep Hoitenga testifies in support of ‘right to carry’ legislation

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today testified before the House Judiciary Committee in support of her legislation to enable law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit. Hoitenga said the legislation is a step toward reforming Michigan firearm laws to stop Michigan residents from being punished for exercising their Second Amendment…

Rep. Cole discusses the importance of Michigan airports

State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona today welcomed representatives from the Michigan Association of Airport Executives to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to discuss the importance of Michigan airports and improving facilities. Matt Barresi, president of MAAE, who lives in the 105th District and Wayne Seiloff, vice president explained the importance of better relations…

Committee approves Rep. Lucido’s juror compensation increase bill

The Senate Judiciary committee heard testimony and voted unanimously to approve state Rep. Peter Lucido’s legislation to increase juror compensation during civil and criminal court proceedings. “This is not a Democrat or Republican matter, it’s a pro-juror issue,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township.  “I’m pleased to get so much bipartisan support for this bill. Frankly,…

Rep. Albert welcomes residents to May office hours

State Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell encourages residents to attend his local office hours on Monday, May 22. Office hours provide an informal setting for community members to discuss state issues. “Hosting office hours is just one way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to represent,” said Albert. “I enjoy hosting office…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to May coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington encourages residents of Leelanau County to attend his upcoming coffee hours on Friday, May 19. Coffee hours provide an informal setting for community members to discuss state issues. “Meeting with people and listening to their ideas and concerns is one of the best aspects of my job as a…

Reps. Marino, Farrington seek emergency disaster fund reforms

Bills ensure adequate funding, set up tier system for grants   Two Macomb County state representatives have introduced legislation to reform the state contingency fund designed to aid communities dealing with disasters. State Reps. Steve Marino and Diana Farrington introduced the measures, which are designed to continuously maintain a greater amount of emergency funds that…

Rep. Reilly invites residents to office hours in Lake Orion

    State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township will host open office hours on Monday, May 22 at the Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road in Lake Orion from 5 to 6:30 p.m. “People deserve an open and accountable state government,” Rep. Reilly said. “I look forward to listening and finding out what…

Senate overwhelmingly approves Rep. Kahle bill to protect human trafficking victims

Legislation from state Rep. Bronna Kahle, which expands “safe harbor” protections to victims of human trafficking, was unanimously approved by the state Senate today and advances the bill to the governor’s desk. House Bill 4219 will update the deferred sentencing laws regarding human trafficking to protect more victims from criminal prosecution, enacting a recommendation of…

Rep. Hauck announces May in-district office hours

State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township today announced his office hours schedule for the month of May. Rep. Hauck will meet with residents on Monday, May 22 at the following times and locations: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Isabella County Administration Building (Room 320), 200 N. Main St., in Mt. Pleasant; and…

House committee approves LaSata legislation to protect courtroom personnel

The House Law and Justice Committee has approved a bipartisan legislative package, which includes a bill submitted by state Rep. Kim LaSata, to increase penalties for assault and battery on courtroom personnel. These bills are a response to a deadly July 2016 courtroom assault in Berrien County, which left two dead and two injured, and…

Rep. Daire Rendon to host local office hours

State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City plans to sponsor local office hours for the month of June. Office hours give residents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the representative and discuss any questions, concerns, or input they may have. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: Friday, June 9 Crawford…