Rep. Kahle and Sen. Zorn welcome guests to Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Bronna Kahle, of Adrian, and State Sen. Dale Zorn, of Ida, welcomed guests from Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Michigan to the Capitol today. John Haught (far left) and Christal Albig (far right), both of Adrian, were attending the MARO legislative day. MARO is the statewide network of mission driven organizations promoting…

Residents can meet with Rep. Webber on April 23

State Rep. Michael Webber will host his monthly office hours on Monday, April 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 37 S. Livernois Road in Rochester Hills. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Webber said. “Local residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or…

Rep. Calley joins Michigan House in approving stillborn tax exemption

State Rep. Julie Calley this week helped the Michigan House approve a plan to assist parents of a stillborn baby through a state income tax exemption. Calley, of Portland, co-sponsors the measure that received unanimous bipartisan support. There are roughly 550 to 650 stillbirths in Michigan each year, according to recent statistics. Families dealing with…

Rep. Victory: Proposed registration fees for kayaks, canoes is dead in the water

Legislator opposes financial burdens for Michigan outdoor enthusiasts State Rep. Roger Victory, of Hudsonville, today expressed his objection to a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission to require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. Though the commission claims the cost would be about $10 annually per watercraft,…

Bellino votes for plan ensuring farmers continue to receive ag tax exemptions

State Rep. Joe Bellino this week voted for a plan ensuring Michigan farmers continue to receive tax exemptions on agricultural equipment. Bellino, of Monroe, said officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury recently reinterpreted the law and started taxing Michigan farmers for equipment that has historically qualified for the agricultural sales and use tax exemption….

Rep. Runestad unveils plan to help protect seniors from abuse

State Rep. Jim Runestad today announced a plan to help better identify signs of abuse in senior citizens and other vulnerable adults. Runestad, of White Lake, said older residents who rely on others for care are particularly susceptible to physical and emotional abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, nearly…

Barrett plan ensuring farmers continue to receive tax exemptions heads to governor

State Rep. Tom Barrett’s plan ensuring Michigan farmers continue to receive tax exemptions on agricultural equipment is headed to the governor for consideration. Barrett, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, said officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury recently reinterpreted the law and started taxing Michigan farmers for equipment that has historically qualified for the…

Glenn supports plan to ensure farmers continue receiving ag tax exemptions

State Rep. Gary Glenn, associate speaker pro tempore of the Michigan House, today said he was honored to preside over a vote on a plan ensuring Michigan farmers continue to receive tax exemptions on agricultural equipment. Glenn, of Williams Township, said officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury recently started misinterpreting the law and taxing…

Victory votes for plan ensuring farmers continue to receive ag tax exemptions

State Rep. Roger Victory this week voted for a plan ensuring Michigan farmers continue to receive tax exemptions on agricultural equipment. Victory, of Hudsonville, said officials from the Michigan Department of Treasury recently reinterpreted the law and started taxing Michigan farmers for equipment that has historically qualified for the agricultural sales and use tax exemption….

Rep. Howrylak announces April office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of April. “I always look forward to connecting with community members at my monthly office hours,” Rep. Howrylak said. “Meeting residents and discussing important issues is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job as a…

House approves Rep. Lucido’s bill allowing parents to better protect their children

The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Peter Lucido’s legislation allowing parents, foster parents and guardians to better protect their families by legally allowing them to monitor their children’s phone conversations and electronic devices. Under current law, it is illegal to overhear, record, amplify, or transmit private conversations without the permission of everyone involved, regardless…