Rep. Howrylak seeks to enhance local control and fireworks safety

State Representative Martin Howrylak, of Troy, introduced legislation to provide local governments with more flexibility regarding fireworks safety. If Rep. Howrylak’s proposal is signed into law, local governments will be permitted to enact and enforce ordinances related to consumer firework use any time other than daytime and evening hours on July 3-5, Dec. 31, and…

Rep. Marino introduces transparency bills for bidding and state contracts

State Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Township) has introduced another package of bills aimed at increasing government accountability. The legislation would require the State of Michigan to be more transparent during the bidding and contracting process. “Michigan is often cited as dead last when ranking state integrity and transparency,” said Marino. “Our existing laws for state…

June 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Hello and welcome to my June e-newsletter! The beautiful summer season is just around the corner. If you and your family are looking to travel this summer, I encourage you to contact my office at 517-373-1783 to request a free copy of the Pure Michigan Travel Guide. This informative publication showcases fun outdoor…

Legislature unanimously approves Rep. Lucido’s electronic registration bill

The Senate unanimously approved state Rep. Peter Lucido’s electronic registration bill today by a vote of 38-0. Lucido’s bill gives drivers the option to share an electronic proof of registration during a traffic stop. “We are living during a time where technology is prevalent,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “Technology is everywhere. It is about…

Rep. VanderWall announces local recreation projects

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today announced three local recreation developments are included in legislation passed by the Michigan House. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund uses dedicated money to fund land acquisitions and development of parks, trails and other recreational facilities across the state. The projects are paid for by a…

Rep. Iden votes to fund trail development in Portage

Project part of Natural Resources Trust Fund bill   State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced he voted on legislation to invest in natural resource projects across Michigan, including one that will develop a trail in Portage. Iden, of Oshtemo, said he appreciates the House approving the Natural Resources Trust Fund project in the community, which…

Senate approves Rep. Kesto bill to protect children from mutilation

Medical professionals stand to permanently lose their state license if convicted of performing a female genital mutilation procedure, following the state Senate’s unanimous vote to approve legislation sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto. Female genital mutilation is any procedure performed on girls, which is intended to remove or damage the external genitalia. “This procedure has…

Rep. Hauck launches “Rep. for a Day” summer reading contest

State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township recently announced his “Rep. for a Day” summer reading contest to students and young readers in Midland and Isabella counties. “Rep. for a Day” is designed to inspire children to read over summer break and win a chance to join Rep. Hauck in Lansing with their family. The…

Rep. LaSata hosts local June and July office hours

State Rep. Kim LaSata invites residents of Berrien County to her scheduled office hours for June and July. “Providing the best constituent service possible has always been a top priority for me,” LaSata said.  “I look forward to hearing from residents during these local office hours.” Office hours take place at the following times and…

Senate unanimously approves Rep. Kahle’s bill banning child mutilation

The state Senate unanimously approved legislation by Rep. Bronna Kahle today, giving survivors of female genital mutilation the opportunity to seek criminal prosecution up to 10 years after the offense or the victim’s 21st birthday, whichever is later. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, which is intended to remove or damage…

Rep. Griffin bill to ban mutilation approved by Senate

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin was approved by the state Senate today, advancing one more step toward giving victims of female genital mutilation the ability to receive significant civil damages. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, which is intended to remove or damage the external genitalia. Specifically, Griffin’s bill…

Landmark school retirement reforms approved by Michigan House

The Michigan House today approved landmark reforms for the state’s school employee retirement system, clearing the path for more funding to go directly to the classroom. “This vote is a giant step in the right direction for Michigan,” said Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell, sponsor of the House legislation. “It keeps our promises to retirees…