Glardon votes in favor of measure to allow drug testing for welfare recipients

State Rep. Ben Glardon today voted in favor of legislation to allow suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients to protect at-risk families and make better use of taxpayer dollars. House Bill 4118, approved today by the House, establishes a one-year pilot program for welfare drug testing in three counties across the state, to be determined…

House approves Kesto resolution declaring May 1 as Michigan Law Day

Measure highlights promise of equity for all The Michigan House of Representatives today approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Klint Kesto declaring May 1 as Law Day in the state. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said the purpose of House Resolution 115 is to bring awareness to the importance of the law and the impact it…

Glardon helps introduce legislation to help improve adoption and foster care systems

State Rep. Ben Glardon today introduced legislation to help give at-risk Michigan children a better chance at a brighter future by improving the state’s adoption and foster care system. The bill is part of a legislative package to create a Resource Families Bill of Rights; help Michigan birth mothers, adoptive parents and children by eliminating…

Shirkey introduces bill to help foster children, adoptees find loving homes

State Rep. Mike Shirkey today introduced legislation to help give at-risk Michigan children a better chance at a brighter future by improving the state’s adoption and foster care system. The bill, part of a legislative package unveiled today, would allow for out-of-court consent and temporary placement in direct adoptions.  It would also place a 72-hour…

MacGregor to host Senior Brigade event in Belmont

State Rep. Peter MacGregor will host an event in Belmont on Monday, May 13 to help senior citizens protect themselves against various scams and provide education on residential care options. MacGregor’s Senior Brigade event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Plainfield Township Offices in the board room, located at 6161 Belmont…

McCready votes to ensure the Detroit Zoo and DIA get 100 percent of their millage funds

State Rep. Mike McCready today voted to make sure the Detroit Zoo and Detroit Institute of Arts receive 100 percent of millage funds voters approved for them. House Bills 4458 through 4464 prevents local municipalities from capturing any portion of millage funds. The legislation was developed when it was discovered that some local municipalities in…

New corrections food contract to deliver $12 million savings for state taxpayers

MacMaster’s subcommittee questioning results in revised bid review              The Michigan Department of Corrections’ announcement today that recalculation of a competitive bid for food service will save the state money after all was not a surprise to Rep. Greg MacMaster, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections.             MacMaster began working on legislation and…

Bumstead visits local students to promote financial literacy

State Rep. Jon Bumstead partnered with Gerber Federal Credit Union in Fremont to educate local students about the importance of financial literacy. Bumstead visited schools in Fremont and Hesperia on Monday, April 29 as part of the Michigan Credit Union League Financial Literacy Legislative Challenge, an effort aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of…

Bumstead announces May office hours in Oceana County

State Rep. Jon Bumstead is hosting office hours throughout Oceana County on Friday, May 10. Bumstead invites residents interested in discussing state or local issues to come meet with him at the following locations and times: – Pentwater: 10 to 11 a.m. at Good Stuffs, 111 S. Hancock St. – Hart: noon to 1 p.m….

Jacobsen announces May office hours

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen today announced he will be hosting office hours this month in Addison Township. Jacobsen invites residents to meet with him on Saturday, May 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Addison Township Public Library located at 1440 N Rochester Road. “Hearing from my constituents helps me better understand their issues…

Jenkins brings Lt. Gov Brian Calley to Adrian to discuss PPT changes

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins last week brought Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to the 57th District to meet with local elected officials and discuss changes to the Personal Property Tax. Calley gave a presentation to local officials on PPT changes approved by the Legislature last year and took questions from the leaders. “I appreciate Lt. Gov….