Rep. Lower sets local office hours

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake announced his next scheduled in-district office hours. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, July 30 9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby, 1596 Wright Ave. in Alma. Monday, Aug. 6 9 to 10 a.m. at Margo’s, 215 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville; and…

LaFave continues summer office hours

Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain will host his July office hours for the residents of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. “I take pride in fighting for the Upper Peninsula,” Rep. LaFave said. “While representing three counties has its difficulties, I have worked tirelessly to be available to all residents by holding local office hours….

COLUMN: Fight for auto insurance reform must go on

The fee hike reflected in our auto insurance bills this month serves as the latest painful reminder that we must reform Michigan’s car insurance system. Beginning July 1, the mandatory annual fee we pay through our car insurance to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) went up to $192 per vehicle – a 13-percent…

Rep. Beth Griffin, R-Mattawan; audio on opioid laws

Rep. Griffin talks about her legislation, Public Acts 254 and 255, that requires the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission to develop recommendations for student instruction addressing the risks associated with prescription drug abuse and instructs the Michigan Department of Education to develop a model program of instruction on prescription drug abuse that is grade…

Good Government is Transparent and Accountable

A column by state Rep. Beth Griffin As your State Representative, I value transparency in state government, and I’m dedicated to holding state agencies and departments accountable. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Michigan residents have a right to know what goes on in their government. Under a plan introduced earlier this year, state…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: July 23, 2018

Next week is the 132nd Annual Fowlerville Family Fair. The fair serves as one of the largest local events each year, and it is a great way to enjoy the summer weather and all the community has to offer. A lot of hard work throughout the year goes into making the fair a success, and…

Rep. Noble secures funds for upgrades to district libraries

State Rep. Jeff Noble, of Northville, held his monthly office hours last week at the Plymouth District Library. While discussing policy and local issues with constituents, Noble was honored by the library with a t-shirt as thanks for his efforts in securing funds for upgrades. “On top of conquering record funding for our schools this…

Rep. Hornberger: Straits must be protected

Legislator backs plan to bolster Great Lakes safety standards   State Rep. Pamela Hornberger recently signed on to a legislative plan to help protect the Straits of Mackinac from environmental disasters by strengthening safety standards. Rep. Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said an April incident involving a tug boat dragging an anchor across the bottom of…

Rep. Alexander supports plan to protect Straits of Mackinac

Legislation strengthens safety standards   State Rep. Julie Alexander recently signed on to a legislative plan to protect the Straits of Mackinac by strengthening safety standards. Rep. Alexander, of Hanover, said the legislative package was drafted after an incident this spring during which a tug boat dragged its anchor along the bottom of the Straits…

Rep. Cole: Hillman biomass facility is crucial to region

Plant transforms wood debris, tires to power for 18,000 homes and businesses State Rep. Triston Cole this week toured the Hillman Power Company facility in Montmorency County, emphasizing its importance to northeast Michigan as both a job creator and biomass-based producer of energy.  “The benefits of Hillman Power can be felt across the state, transforming…

Reps. Hoitenga, Wentworth tout Osceola County grant

Productive reuse of property can grow, sustain areas of Northern Michigan State Reps. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, and Jason Wentworth, of Clare, today announced the future implementation of an $83,000 Brownfield Redevelopment grant for Osceola County. The grants, provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, help to evaluate sites around the state for potential…

Rep. VanderWall announces July coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for July coffee hours. “I look forward to meeting with the community to hear their questions and ideas about state government,” VanderWall said. “I invite all residents to attend coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, July…