Rep. Howrylak bill that reforms school discipline signed into law

Participating in Gov. Rick Snyder’s bill signing ceremony today of Public Act 364 of 2016 were Rep. Peter Lucido, Rep. Andy Schor, Rep. Adam Zemke, Rep. David LaGrand and Rep. Martin Howrylak. This legislation was part of a bill package that will provide schools with greater discretion regarding the decision to suspend or expel a…

Rep. Iden bill eliminates red tape for veterans’ tax exemptions

Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, recently submitted legislation that will simplify the application process for a Veterans Property Tax exemption. This exemption is available to disabled veterans who have served our country. The bill is in response to a neighbor who became frustrated with the process due to the unspecified application deadline. Current state law…

Rep. Howrylak to host second Consumer Education event

State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, is partnering with the Michigan Attorney General’s office to host a second Consumer Education (formerly Senior Brigade) event on Friday, March 3. This presentation will cover investment fraud warning signs, how to recognize identity theft, Ponzi, pyramid schemes, and other “red flags.” “All too often, criminals target individuals who…

Rep. Hughes’ bill removes protection of sex offenders

State Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, has submitted legislation to remove the statue of limitations’ protection for sex offenders in Michigan. Hughes’ bill follows a Muskegon County case where multiple victims, who are now adults, came forward to report sexual abuse that happened when they were children. Unfortunately, the offenses took place before 2001 legislation…

Michigan House committee approves income tax rollback

A landmark proposal to give every Michigan worker income tax relief was approved by a  House committee today in Lansing. The plan would lower the state’s personal income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018, resulting in a savings of almost $1 billion a year by 2019. The tax rate…

Committee chaired by Rep. Tedder approves income tax rollback

A Michigan House committee led by Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston today approved a proposal that would give significant income tax relief to Michigan workers. The plan would lower the state’s personal income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018, resulting in a savings of almost $1 billion a year…

Rep. Kesto takes gavel as chair of Law & Justice Committee

State Rep. Klint Kesto of Commerce Township led his first meeting as the chair of the House Law & Justice Committee today in Lansing. “We have good group of representatives on this committee,” Kesto said. “Some are attorneys, others are not, but this group comes from many different areas of our state and brings several…

Rep. LaSata plans local office hours in February, March

State Rep. Kim LaSata invites residents to office hours in several Berrien County communities during February and March. LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, will meet with people on the following dates: Friday, Feb. 24, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Sidetracks Café, 315 N. Main St., Watervliet; Friday, March 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at…

Rep. Lauwers urges kids to dive into a book in March

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today said children should take advantage of March is Reading Month by diving into a book and enjoying the adventures within its pages. Lauwers, of Brockway Township, said teachers and parents should encourage children to read throughout the year, but said they should make a special effort during March, which is…

Rep. Graves encourages people to fish free this weekend

Ice likely not an option because of warm temperatures   State Rep. Joseph Graves today urged people to take advantage of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend this Saturday and Sunday by casting a line into a local lake or river. Graves, of Argentine Township, said he is looking forward to fishing during the weekend, and urges…

Rep. Pagel sets Feb. 25 coffee hour for Buchanan

State Rep. Dave Pagel of Berrien Springs will meet local residents at a coffee hour scheduled for later this month in Buchanan. The details: Where: Union Coffee House located at 115 E. Front St. in Buchanan. When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. “There is no formal agenda, just coffee and conversation,”…

Rep. Johnson, Sen. Colbeck introduce legislation to ban public funding of abortion clinics

Rep. Steve Johnson (R-Wayland) and Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) today announced the introduction of legislation that ensures public dollars would not be used for the funding of abortion clinics in Michigan. “The sanctity of life is simply too important to allow public dollars to support abortion clinics,” said Johnson. “Taxpayers need to be assured the money…