Rep. Somerville announces June office hours, roads town hall

Rep. Pat Somerville announced a pair of June office hour events as well as a “Road Conditions and Road Funding” town hall. “There is a lot happening in Lansing and around Michigan that impacts our local area,” said Somerville. “Office hours are great opportunity to hear from residents about what concerns they have and to…

Howrylak proposes salary adjustment for lawmakers

State Representative Martin Howrylak has introduced legislation that aims to reduce legislator salaries by five percent in 2015. Lawmakers took a 10 percent pay cut in 2011. “Michigan citizens need clear communication from the legislature that we are willing to take a cut in salary in order to contribute to Michigan’s comeback, adequately funding essential…

McBroom: Elect state ed board members by region

Voters could restructure representation starting in 2015 Michigan voters could decide to have regional representation on the state board of education starting in 2015 if the Legislature approves a measure sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom. House Joint Resolution GG would have the state education board candidates nominated by party conventions and elected from single-member districts…

Price to hold office hours in Spring Lake on June 6

State Rep. Amanda Price will hold local office hours in Spring Lake on Friday, June 6 to meet with area residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at the Spring Lake District Library, located at 123 E. Exchange St., from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. All area residents are welcome to stop…

MacGregor shares concerns about increases to minimum wage

Lawmaker: It is our small and local businesses that will suffer State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Cannon Township, today issued the following statement regarding his “no” vote to raise the minimum wage in Michigan (Senate Bill 934), which was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder: “The ballot proposal calling for the minimum wage to…

Silo Safety Awareness Day helps kicks off safe summer season

Rep. Johnson measure marks May 29 for Michigan May 29 was declared Silo Safety Awareness Day in Michigan by the state House as part of an effort to remind people working in and around them of the basic silo safety rules they should follow all year long. “Silos have always had an important role in…

McBroom measure increases legislative efficiency

Bipartisan effort modernizes effective date for new laws Michigan’s 100-plus-year-old process for enacting new laws in the state will better reflect the modern work process of the Legislature under a proposal introduced this week by Rep. Ed McBroom. House Joint Resolution FF of 2014, which was cosponsored by 96 of the 110 Republican and Democrat…

Rep. Schmidt statement on raising Michigan’s minimum wage

Public Act 138 of 2014 gradually raises wage, provides for inflation State Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, today issued the following statement on House passage of Senate Bill 934, which was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder to responsibly raise the minimum wage in Michigan: “This is about protecting the hard working men…

Crawford: Bill package that helps recovering addicts passes the House

Family, friends and first responders will be able to administer a life-saving drug to recovering addicts during an accidental overdose under legislation approved today by the House, announced Rep. Hugh Crawford who sponsored a bill in the package. House Bill 5404, sponsored by Crawford, allows first responders to administer Nalaxone and other opioid antagonists and…