Rep. Joseph Graves announces February coffee hours

State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced he is hosting coffee hours in February to give constituents a convenient opportunity to meet with him. Graves will host coffee hours at the following dates and locations: Flushing: Monday, Feb. 4 at Flushing Township Hall, 6524 N. Seymour, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fenton: Friday, Feb. 22…

Daley named chair of the Agriculture committee

State Rep. Kevin Daley will chair the House Agriculture Committee for the 2013-14 legislative term, it was announced today. This is Daley’s second term as chair of this committee. “I am honored to continue on as chair of the agriculture committee,” said Daley, who is also a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee….

Reps. Johnson, LaFontaine introduce legislative retirement reform package

Reps. Joel Johnson and Andrea LaFontaine have introduced a package of bills to save taxpayers money by reducing the expense of retirement benefits for former members of the state Legislature. Among the measures in the package are: House Bill 4107, to eliminate the 4-percent cost of living increase that former lawmakers under the defined benefit…

Lenawee Stamping Corporation picked for state grant to expand operations

A $5.3 million state grant to help boost economic development and job creation in the region was awarded to Lenawee Stamping Corporation in Tecumseh, state Rep. Nancy Jenkins announced. The business incentive grant will help the company expand its operations in Tecumseh, adding new programs and approximately 530 jobs for local workers. “I’m pleased that…

Johnson named to five House committees

State Rep. Joel Johnson has been appointed to five House committees for the 2013-14 legislative session. Johnson, of Clare, will serve on the committees for Agriculture, Commerce, Financial Services, Judiciary and Natural Resources. This will be his second term on the agriculture and natural resources panels. “I’m pleased to continue my role in shaping the…

Pettalia takes lead on new tourism committee

State Rep. Peter Pettalia will chair the newly formed House Committee on Tourism to consider ways to encourage a healthy economy and better quality of life for state residents. “I feel very privileged to be in a position to help Northeast Michigan and the entire state by chairing the new House Tourism Committee,” said Pettalia,…

Jefferson Elementary library earns top status

Jefferson Elementary School Media Center has achieved exemplary status from the Library of Michigan and state Rep. Jeff Farrington today delivered congratulations to Media Specialist Stephanie Staub and Principal Jennifer Davis for the accomplishment. To achieve the highest status in the state’s Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools (SL21) program, the school completed 38…

Forlini named to House Appropriations Committee

Lawmaker tapped to chair subcommittee   State Rep. Anthony Forlini has been named to the House Appropriations Committee, and will serve as chair of the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Appropriations Subcommittee. “Michigan has made great strides in reining in government spending, and I look forward to having a role in continuing that fiscal austerity,”…

MacMaster introduces Michigan School Protection Act

School officials would have the option to allow licensed school employees to be armed in school districts under legislation introduced this week by Rep. Greg MacMaster. House Bill 4098 amends Public Act 372 of 1927 to give school executives the option to allow school employees to carry a concealed pistol on school grounds if the…

MacMaster named chair of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections

State Rep. Greg MacMaster has been appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to continue his work on the House Appropriations Committee as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections. MacMaster, a second-term lawmaker, served as vice chair of the subcommittee last term. “Our corrections system is one of the largest areas within our state budget…

Lori assigned to House Appropriations Committee

Lawmaker will again chair Community Health Subcommittee State Rep. Matt Lori on Thursday was named to the House Appropriations Committee, and will again serve as chair of the Department of Community Health (DCH) Subcommittee. “I am pleased to again have a hand in making decisions that will have a direct impact on how the money…