Speaker Leonard discusses agreement to replace Line 5 with new tunnel

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement on the agreement reached to replace the controversial Line 5 pipeline with a new utility tunnel: “This is a major announcement that will protect the safety and well-being of Michigan families, keep critical heating fuel flowing in the dead of winter, and safeguard…

Rep. Griffin to sit down with local residents

State Rep. Beth Griffin invites local residents to join her for local office hours on Monday, Oct. 8. Office hours are an opportunity for people to address the representative face-to-face with any questions or concerns about state government. “I have so much respect for the people of our community, and I am humbled that they…

Rep. Kahle invites residents to October in-district office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, Oct. 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S. 223 in Adrian. “I appreciate these opportunities to talk about ways to make Lenawee County an even better place to live and work,” Rep. Kahle…

Rep. Farrington plan looks out for Michigan consumers in age of digital currency

With the accelerated rise in digital forms of currency, state Rep. Diana Farrington today offered testimony in favor of her efforts to define cryptocurrency in state law – increasing consumer protection in Michigan. Farrington’s bill, House Bill 6254, amends the money laundering section of the Michigan Penal Code to include cryptocurrency as a potential element…

Rep. Vaupel proposal protects health care workers from assaults

State Rep. Hank Vaupel on Tuesday testified in favor of his plan adding health care professionals and medical volunteers to the protective class for criminal assault. Vaupel, of Handy Township, explained adamantly that House Bills 6203 and 6204 will make it safer for doctors, nurses and medical staff to do their jobs by providing a…

Rep. Hernandez Honored During Hispanic Heritage Month

LANSING – State Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) was honored last week by the Michigan Alliance of Latinos Moving Towards Advancement as part of their Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations. Hernandez, a freshman legislator who was named the “most conservative” member of the house for 2017 by MIRS news, stressed that he considers himself an American…

Rep. Wentworth: It’s not the flag, it’s the story behind it

State Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today testified before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee in support of his plan encouraging businesses to show patriotism by honoring fallen heroes. Under Wentworth’s proposal, businesses would not be prevented or prohibited by an ordinance from displaying signs or flags commemorating military heroes, police officers, firefighters and…

Rep. Griffin: End of driver responsibility fees brings relief to local drivers

Plan waives fees for 305,000 motorists starting this week State Rep. Beth Griffin today said the new law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan took effect this week, bringing relief to hundreds of thousands of motorists. Griffin, of Mattawan, voted for the plan, which was signed into law in March as part of a…

Rep. LaFave: End of driver responsibility fees brings relief to local drivers

State Rep. Beau LaFave today said the new law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan took effect this week, bringing relief to hundreds of thousands of motorists. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, voted for the plan, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full…