Heise invites residents to coffee hours

State Rep. Kurt Heise is hosting coffee hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally and discuss state or local issues. Heise will be talking with residents from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, March 21 at Panera Bread, located at 400 S. Main Street in Plymouth. No appointment is necessary….

House approves Cotter bill protecting firearms owners’ privacy rights

The House today approved a six-bill package to increase privacy protections for gun owners. The package of bills create a uniform law enforcement procedure, and guarantee accountability and bring firearms records within the protection of the Fourth Amendment. “This legislation guarantees Michigan citizens Fourth Amendment privacy protections by exempting firearms owners’ records from FOIA requests,”…

Rep. Muxlow hails emergency road funding for local governments

Money will help with repairs after harsh winter State Rep. Paul Muxlow today applauded the Legislature for approving an emergency supplemental appropriation bill that will pump $215 million into local road projects, including $100 million dedicated to helping counties and municipal governments recover from this year’s bitter winter. Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, said he is…

Outman hails approval of funding for pothole repair, priority projects

Lawmaker says roads and bridges in dire need of attention State Rep. Rick Outman today said he is grateful that the Michigan Legislature approved $100 million in emergency funding for counties and cities to repair potholes caused by the bitter winter. Outman, R-Six Lakes, voted to approve the supplemental budget bill that designates a total…

Rep. Cotter’s bill that expands craft beer industry gets Senate approval

A three-bill package that expands the state’s craft beer industry was approved today by the Senate. House Bills 4709-4711 increase the cap for barrel production, the amount of locations a brewpub can run, as well as allowing an increase in the amount of brewery tasting rooms. State Rep. Kevin Cotter, sponsor of HB 4709, said…

House approves legislation protecting privacy of gun owners

Nesbitt: Privacy, public safety are priorities The Michigan House today approved a legislative package with bipartisan support protecting the privacy of firearms owners. The six bills exempt firearms records from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. State Rep. Aric Nesbitt said the bills protect law-abiding firearms owners. “We have seen in other states, such…

Rep. Shirkey invites residents to March office hours

State Rep. Mike Shirkey invites local residents to meet with him in Jackson and Grass Lake during his scheduled office hours. “Residents of the 65th District are encouraged to attend office hours,” said Shirkey, R-Clarklake. “This informal meeting is a great way for me to talk with and receive feedback from local residents. It’s always…

State supplemental budget bill places priority on road funding; communities in Calhoun County receiving nearly $1 million, Kalamazoo County communities receiving $1.4 million

Bolger says supplemental budget builds in more road help but long-term solution remains necessary LANSING — Speaker of the House Jase Bolger today announced that motorists in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties will benefit from more than $2.3 million in additional state funding allocated directly for the area thanks to action by the state Legislature on…

Legislature approves emergency road funding for counties, cities

Nesbitt: Money will help locals with winter costs The Michigan House today voted to spend an additional $215 million in emergency supplemental appropriations to help local governments recover from the effects of the brutal winter weather. “This winter has decimated the road funding for counties and cities throughout the state, and this is part of…

Rep. MacGregor committed to more road funding using existing revenue

Lawmaker: Our roads need to be a priority Rep. Peter MacGregor joined his colleagues in the state House of Representatives this week, voting to spend an additional $215 million in emergency supplemental appropriations to help fix local roads, furthering his commitment to the state’s continuing plan to upgrade roads and bridges throughout Michigan. “I have…