Rep. LaSata co-sponsors resolution calling for July 1 budget deadline

Legislators would lose pay if spending plan not in place   State Rep. Kim LaSata today said she is supporting a House resolution that amends the Michigan Constitution by requiring the Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, said House Joint Resolution X would change the…

Rep. Howell backs resolution for July 1 state budget deadline

Legislators would forfeit pay if target is missed   State Rep. Gary Howell today said he supports a House resolution requiring the Legislature to present a balanced state budget to the governor by July 1. Howell, of North Branch, said he is happy to co-sponsor House Joint Resolution X, which establishes the July 1 deadline….

Rep. Bellino bill protects consumers by establishing free credit freeze ability

State Rep. Joseph Bellino recently introduced legislation that provides free security freezes through consumer credit-reporting agencies. When a freeze is placed on a credit report, those looking to engage in fraud are unable to open a credit card, mortgage or additional form of credit in the name of the individual they are trying to impersonate….

Rep. Griffin to host jobs roundtable

State Rep. Beth Griffin will host a jobs roundtable on Monday, Oct. 23 at the Carnegie Center, 129 S. Kalamazoo St. in Paw Paw. Rep. Griffin will be joined by Tamara Davis from Western Michigan University.  Davis is the regional director of the Western Michigan University Small Business Development Center. “I look forward to speaking…

Rep. Frederick hosts October office hours

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso announced his monthly in-district office hours for Monday, Oct. 23 at the following times and locations: 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Durand City Hall, 215 W. Clinton St., in Durand; and 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Marion Township Hall, 10925 S. Merrill Road, in Brant. “Meeting with residents…

Rep. Allor issues statement on water quality near Alpena CRTC

State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, issued the following statement on water quality concerns at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena: “My office and I have been in contact with both Gen. Gregory Vadnais of the Michigan National Guard and DHD4 Health Officer Denise Bryan to express my serious concerns about PFCs in the…

Rep. Lucido testifies on bills protecting vulnerable adults

State Rep. Peter Lucido this week testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of two bills that would provide for stricter penalties and sentencing guidelines for exploiting vulnerable adults. Financial abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults is reaching epidemic proportions. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a 160…

Rep. LaFave co-sponsors legislation requiring balanced budget by July 1

Legislators would forfeit pay after missed deadline State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain co-sponsored legislation introduced Wednesday to require the Michigan Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1 each year. The joint resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to establish the July 1 deadline and ensure legislators adhere to…

House approves legislation supported by Rep. Whiteford to update disability windshield placards

Legislation supported by state Rep. Mary Whiteford streamlining the application process for a windshield disability placard was approved today by the Michigan House. The bill allows a disability placard to display only the first letter and last three digits of the disabled person’s driver’s license number or official state personal identification card. Michigan statute currently…

Rep. Lucido co-sponsors legislation requiring balanced budget by July 1

Legislators would forfeit pay after missed deadline State Rep. Peter Lucido of Shelby Township co-sponsored legislation introduced Wednesday to require the Michigan Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1 each year. The joint resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to establish the July 1 deadline and ensure legislators adhere to…

Hernandez praises House action to clean up Michigan lakes and rivers

State Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) praised the members of the Michigan House of Representatives for passing SB 402 in overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion. The legislation allows the state greater flexibility when awarding grants to communities for projects needed to alleviate urgent public health risks, and protect the drinking water of Michigan families. “Clean water is…

Rep. Cole recognizes budget efforts made at Vanderbilt schools

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, honored the efforts Vanderbilt Area Schools to help the district nearly erase its budget deficit over the past two years. “Vanderbilt now has the smallest budget shortfall of the 10 Michigan school districts to reduce their deficit within 24 months, that’s something to be proud of,” said Cole. “To…