Pagel schedules local office hours for June 29

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced he has scheduled office hours in Edwardsburg at the end of the month. Pagel invites local residents of the 78th House District to meet with him to discuss state or local issues on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Office hours will take place at the Edwardsburg…

Governor signs Bridge Card fraud package into law

Michigan can continue to cut down on welfare fraud and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently after the governor this week signed into law a bill package that creates stricter penalties to individuals who repeatedly commit Bridge Card fraud. Public Acts 55 and 56, introduced by Reps. Gail Haines and Roger Victory create stricter punishments for…

Rep. Foster announces local office hours for residents

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, will be available for office hours on Friday, June 14 in Sault Ste. Marie to talk with area residents. “Ongoing office hours throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan are essential to make sure all voices are heard,” Foster said.  “I encourage people to stop by to express a concern…

Rep. Poleski bill makes it illegal to influence decision to run for office

State Rep. Earl Poleski today introduced legislation to help protect the integrity of the voting process and deter political gamesmanship by prohibiting people from offering money or gifts to influence a person’s decision to run for office in Michigan. The legislation is similar to a federal law that makes it a misdemeanor to offer money…

Governor signs Pagel bill to streamline village election process

Bill transfers some election responsibilities to county officials Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Dave Pagel that consolidates the election process by transferring duties in village elections. Public Act 52 of 2013 is part of a three-bill package that reassigns the duties of local canvassing boards to the…

Kesto legislation brings more transparency to election process

Bill requires disclosure of felonies when filing to run State Rep. Klint Kesto today introduced legislation that requires candidates filing paperwork seeking political office to disclose any felony convictions within 10 years of the filing date on their affidavit of candidacy. The measure will bring more transparency to the filing process, said Kesto, R-Commerce Township….

Rep. Joel Johnson announces June office hours

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, today announced his district office hours for June 24 and 28. The representative is meeting with Osceola and Clare counties residents on the last Monday of the month and will be in Arenac and Gladwin counties the last Friday of the month. “Meeting with constituents is one of the most…

Potvin announces June office hours

State Rep. Philip Potvin today announced he will host office hours this month at the Hanover Township Hall in Wexford County. Potvin invites residents to meet with him on Monday, June 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Hanover Township Hall in the village of Buckley located at 203 N. Second St. “Meeting with…

Graves announces June office hours

State Rep. Joe Graves today announced he will host office hours this month at four locations in the 51st House District. Graves invites local residents to meet with him to discuss state or local issues on the following dates: Monday, June 17 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Biggby, 235 N. Leroy St., Fenton; Friday,…

Capitol Notes: June 2013

In May, I gave an update on the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget after it passed the Michigan House of Representatives. The budget was then sent to conference committee so differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget could be reconciled. For the third year in a row, the Legislature has passed a balanced…

Rep. O’Brien lauds success of local mental health courts

State Rep. Margaret O’Brien has been busy at work on one of her core legislative issues this spring: mental health courts.  She had the opportunity this week to testify on the matter before her colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee, and was joined by a local resident with a wealth of experience on the issue,…

Federal sequester cuts an insult to veterans, survivors

We have all heard much about the federal government’s failure to achieve needed budget cuts and the automatic across-the-board cuts that were initiated as a result of Congress’ inability to make a decision. We have come to know these forced budget cuts as sequestration. The news media has reported the most outrageous consequences from sequestration….