Rep. Griffin bill, mutilation ban package advance to governor

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin, which would give victims of female genital mutilation the ability to receive significant civil damages, will advance to governor’s desk for review after today’s final House vote. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Griffin’s bill is part…

Rep. Farrington bill, mutilation ban package advance to governor

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Diana Farrington, which makes it a felony offense to transport another person for the purpose of a female genital mutilation (FGM), will advance to the governor’s desk after today’s vote in the state House. Female genital mutilation is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external female…

Rep. Glenn votes for local recreation development

House approves projects across the state   State Rep. Gary Glenn today announced a Midland park project will be funded as part of a bill recently approved by the House that recommends funding recreational improvements across the state. Glenn, of Midland, said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund uses dedicated money to fund land acquisitions…

Michigan House sends school retirement reforms to governor

Landmark legislation reforming the state’s school employee retirement system is now headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration, brightening the financial future of Michigan’s public schools. The Michigan House today approved a bill that will clear the path for more funding to go directly to the classroom and give new educators more control over…

Rep. Marino commemorates 100 years for Selfridge Air Base

Introduced by Rep. Steve Marino, a resolution to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, was approved by the state House today. The base was first established on July 1, 1917 in Harrison Township and was one of the first military airfields in the nation. The base was named after the first…

House committee advances Runestad’s shared parenting legislation

State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, today praised his colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee for advancing legislation establishing shared custody with equal parenting time as the starting point during child custody deliberations. “The current system profits by pitting divorcing parents against each other in an ugly competition over who is the better parent,”…

Rep. Howrylak bill seeks to update aspects of the Open Meetings Act

State Rep. Martin Howrylak introduced legislation to update citizen protections in the Open Meetings Act (OMA). Rep. Howrylak’s proposal would clarify that OMA violations can be in the past or ongoing when a citizen files a civil action against a public body. The bill specifies that an OMA violation must be tried in the state…

Rep. Allor announces additional June office hours

Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine will host June office hours for Presque Isle, Cheboygan, and Iosco counties. “I always look forward to meeting with people at office hours,” Rep. Allor said. “I want to hear about the issues that truly matter to the residents I represent.” The schedule for office hours is as follows: Friday,…

Rep. Whiteford votes for bill funding recreation projects

Local shooting range included in developments   State Rep. Mary Whiteford last week joined her Michigan House colleagues in voting for passage of a bill that funds recreational projects across the state. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund uses dedicated money for such projects to fund land acquisitions and development…

Rep. Hornberger votes to approve recreational projects

Bill funds development of local paddle park State Rep. Pamela Hornberger on Thursday joined her colleagues in voting for legislation to fund dozens of recreation projects across the state, using Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund money with local matching funds. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said the improvements, developments and land acquisitions use dedicated money for…

Rep. Barrett announces area natural resource grant projects

House passes legislation authorizing funding The Michigan House on Thursday approved legislation funding Natural Resource Trust Fund projects across the state, including two in Delta Charter Township. State Rep. Tom Barrett, of Potterville, said the projects will give families more opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of Michigan. One development involves construction of a canoe…

Rep. Calley applauds funding for local park, trail projects

House approves bill providing money for developments State Rep. Julie Calley today announced three area recreational areas will receive funding for improvements after the House passed legislation for Natural Resources Trust Fund projects. Calley, of Portland, said $2.06 million in state and matching money will be used to fund the projects, which include: The Jordan…