Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to April office hours

Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her April office hours for residents of Wexford and Mecosta counties and part of Osceola County. “I look forward to another round of office hours,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “These conversations help me reinforce the solutions that are running smoothly and notify me of the issues that need to be…

Hornberger bill to remove restrictions on local law enforcement officials

The Michigan House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger prohibiting local governments from enacting or enforcing sanctuary policies. Under Hornberger’s plan, the Local Law Enforcement Protection Act, local governments would no longer be able to put laws or ordinances in place that prohibit local officials, employees…

Rep. Farrington addresses rise of digital currency with advancing legislation

Plan in bipartisan package approved in House vote A proposal from state Rep. Diana Farrington protecting Michigan consumers by updating criminal definition in instances where money changes hands today was overwhelmingly approved in a House floor vote. Farrington’s bill, House Bill 4107, amends the money laundering section of the Michigan Penal Code to include cryptocurrency…

LaFave plan safeguards first responders from political retribution

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, protecting law enforcement officials from discipline or termination when calling for federal backup. LaFave’s plan creates the County Law Enforcement Protection Act, outlawing local units of government from enacting ordinances that limit a local official,…

Rep. Hornberger plan gives more say, flexibility to local school districts

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, today commented on a proposal before the House Education Committee that will preserve local control involving school year start dates. House Bill 4087 will remove a Michigan Department of Education waiver requirement allowing for school districts to pick the start date that works best for them. “This legislation…

Michigan House approves Rep. Schroeder’s plan to boost government transparency

Legislation extends open record requirements to governor, Legislature State Rep. Andrea Schroeder’s plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House. Schroeder, of Independence Township, said Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and state legislators from open records…

Rep. Hauck: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms would help put teens on the right path

Plan ends policy requiring all 17-year-olds be treated as adults in court State Rep. Roger Hauck testified before the House Judiciary Committee today in support of his plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Hauck, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of his colleagues, said Michigan is…

Rep. Berman announces April office hours

State Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township invites constituents of the 39th District to his upcoming April office hours. “I am looking forward to sitting down with area residents to listen to the concerns that matter most to them,” Rep. Berman said. “Regular discussions like these help me to best represent our community’s interests in…

Rep. Griffin applauds Hartford Library grant

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, announced the Hartford Public Library has received a $400,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to build the Art & Bronna Vanderlyn Community Center and Hartford Public Library. The grant was awarded by the Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge, where Hartford local Bronna Vanderlyn pledged $1.3 million…

Rep. Johnson announces April office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, April 26, 2019 Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S. Main St. in Wayland 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Kent County Russ’ 6444 Division Ave. S in Gaines 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. “Open and honest communication with residents…

Rep. Bollin schedules local office hours

State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township will host district office hours on Monday, April 22 to meet with local residents of the 42nd District. “Talking with the people of my district is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job as your state representative,” Rep. Bollin said. “Given the major issues facing our…

Rep. Schroeder invites residents to meet with her on April 22

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township invites residents to her in-district coffee hour on Monday, April 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. Her office hour will be hosted at The Coffee Bucket, located at 3549 Airport Road, Suite 104 in Waterford Township because she feels it is important to help our local small businesses…