Rep. Chatfield: Asian carp study released, now it’s time for action

State State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, today said the release of a study considering options for preventing the spread of Asian carp is just the first step, and swift action is needed to prevent the invasive species from entering the Great Lakes. The long-awaited report from the Army Corps of Engineers assesses the viability…

Rep. Howell to host office hours in Lapeer County

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch will host office hours on Monday, Aug. 21 at the following times and locations: 9:30 to 11 a.m. at John’s Country Kitchen, 1829 S. Cedar St. in Imlay City and; 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Hungry Dan’s Restaurant, 195 W. Genesee St. in Lapeer. “Speaking with residents of…

Rep. Tedder hosts in-district office hours for August

State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of August. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Tedder said. “Understanding the issues that are important to this community is my priority.” Office hours take place at the following…

Rep. Barrett invites residents to August coffee hours

State Rep. Tom Barrett invites residents to join him for a cup of coffee and conversation during his local coffee hours. The meet-and-greet takes place Monday, Aug. 28 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Dimitri’s Restaurant located at 6334 W. Saginaw Hwy in Lansing. “Meeting with the folks of Eaton County is what helps make…

Rep. Cox’s public safety bill officially becomes state law

Public safety legislation by state Rep. Laura Cox, making it a criminal offense to point a directed energy device at a plane or train, officially became Michigan law on Monday. The offense is now punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. The bill was inspired by pilots of…

Rep. Bellino: Time is ticking in fight to stop spread of Asian carp

State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today called for prompt action now that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a study detailing options for preventing Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. The long-awaited report assesses the viability of establishing various control mechanisms at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill.,…

Legislation seeks to update state’s juvenile criminal justice system

State Rep. Martin Howrylak has introduced legislation to reform Michigan’s juvenile justice system. Rep. Howrylak’s proposal raises the adult criminal age to 18 and provides judges with increased flexibility to ensure punitive sentences are appropriate for the crime. This legislation allows offenders who are 17 years old to be processed in the juvenile court system,…

Rep. Bizon says M-66 project part of state’s dedication to roads

Legislator: Coming budget has record transportation spending   State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today said a road project starting next week to make a portion of M-66 in Battle Creek safer is another example of the importance the Legislature has placed on repairing and maintaining the state’s transportation system. Bizon, of Battle Creek, said the…

Rep. Barrett law protecting pilots, train conductors goes into effect

A new law, sponsored by state Rep. Tom Barrett, goes into effect today setting a five-year felony sentencing guideline and up to a $10,000 fine for pointing a beam of directed energy, such as a laser, at or in the path of an aircraft or train. Barrett’s legislation, along with a partner bill by state…

Rep. VanSingel announces August office hours

            Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant invites residents to attend his upcoming office hours during the month of August. “Being in touch with residents is one of my top priorities,” VanSingel said. “I encourage anyone who has ideas or concerns about our state government to attend my upcoming office hours.” Rep. VanSingel will be available…

Rep. Allor hosts August office hours

State Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine announced office hours for the month of August for Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties. “Hosting office hours is one of the best ways to stay connected to the residents and listen to their concerns,” Rep. Allor said. “Being accountable and available to people is one of…

House Energy chair: Utility regulators may violate new state energy law

Glenn says MPSC abuse of authority could cost public schools and manufacturers hundreds of millions in higher energy costs each year, taking money out of the classroom and making Michigan less competitive for new jobs Lansing, Mich. — Associate Speaker Pro Tem and House Energy Policy Chairman Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Larkin Twp., Thursday said the…