Johnson bill would end discrimination against foster parents

State Rep. Steve Johnson today introduced a bipartisan plan that would prevent the state from discriminating against foster parents who do not vaccinate their own biological children. “There is a well-documented foster home shortage in Michigan,” said Johnson, of Wayland. “The number of foster children is greater than there are homes available for placement, and…

Rep. Afendoulis spearheads plan to improve campaign finance accountability

Legislator: Small fines aren’t enough to discourage bad actors State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis today introduced a plan to add more accountability to Michigan’s campaign finance laws. Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, said fines imposed for violations of Michigan’s campaign finance laws in the past have been insignificant and ineffective. Her plan adds teeth to the…

Rep. Mueller fights to keep funding for Genesee County public safety initiative

Corrections budget moves forward with Mueller’s amendment A crucial initiative to prevent overcrowding in the Genesee County Jail has been retained in the Michigan House budget, thanks to a measure sponsored by state Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden. The corrections budget approved by the House Appropriations Committee would have eliminated funding for the Genesee County…

Rep. Markkanen fights to repurpose closed Ojibway Correctional Facility

U.P. legislator proposes using former prison as training academy State Rep. Greg Markkanen today said he is fighting to repurpose a vacant Upper Peninsula prison facility. The House’s corrections budget includes funding to study potential locations for a training academy for corrections officers. Markkanen, of Hancock, proposed an amendment adding the former Ojibway Correctional Facility…

Rep. Glenn invites residents to town hall meeting on road funding

Rep. Annette Glenn, of Midland, will hold a special town hall meeting on road funding on Thursday, June 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Midland County Road Commission, 2234 N. Meridian Road in Sanford. Special guest Rep. Jack O’Malley, chairman of the House Transportation Committee will be joining her. “The current shape of…

Wendzel testifies in support of commercial fishing legislation

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Tuesday on her plan to reform commercial fishing regulations in Michigan. “Michigan has some of the most precious natural resources in the world, and it’s important that we have modern regulations in place to protect them,” Wendzel said. This legislation…

Rep. Berman announces June office hours

State Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township invites constituents of the 39th District to his upcoming June office hours. Rep. Berman will meet with residents at the following time and location: Saturday, June 15 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Commerce Township Community Library, 180 E. Commerce Road in Commerce. No appointments are necessary to…

Rep. Glenn named to task force focused on state IT spending

Special panel will probe cost overruns, inefficiency within departments State Rep. Annette Glenn has been appointed to a special task force charged with examining information and technology systems used by the state. The bipartisan task force was recently announced by state Rep. Shane Hernandez, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee. “Rep. Glenn has shown an…

Rep. Whiteford hosts summer reading program for students

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today announced a summer reading program for Allegan County students that aims to keep them reading over the summer months. Students first through fifth grade are eligible to participate in the program. To enter, students simply pick up Rep. Whiteford’s customized summer bookmark from their local library, read ten books, and…

Rep. Paquette announces June office hours

State Rep. Brad Paquette announced an upcoming opportunity to meet with area residents during local office hours for the month of June. “It is my belief a state representative should be in direct contact with those he or she represents,” Rep. Paquette said. “If you cannot make the upcoming office hours, I am always willing…