Rep. Lauwers names legislation contest winners

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today announced the five winners of his legislation contest, with proposals that could improve voter turnout at local elections, increase sentencing for repeat sexual offenders and reduce the size of state government. Lauwers received more than 50 unique bill ideas from residents as part of his legislation contest to give constituents…

Leonard legislation protects crime victims and their families

            State Rep. Tom Leonard recently introduced legislation that protects crime victims and their families by ensuring that criminals pay restitution, even after the victim’s death. House Bill 4636 clarifies Michigan law to specify that court-ordered restitution continue to be paid to a victim’s estate and heirs in the event of their death. “Crimes against…

Genetski announces May office hours

Allegan County residents will have two opportunities to meet with state Rep. Bob Genetski in the coming weeks to talk face-to-face about state government issues or concerns. The lawmaker has scheduled office hours in South Haven on May 17 and Martin on May 20. “No appointment is necessary and I welcome everyone to come in…

Schmidt announces office hours with Secretary of State liaison

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today announced office hours that will take place throughout the 104th District.  A liaison from the Michigan Secretary of State office will also be on hand to answer any questions residents may have. Schmidt is inviting residents to attend office hours to discuss issues of local and state concern.  The lawmaker…

Graves announces May office hours

State Rep. Joe Graves today announced he will host office hours this month in Fenton and Holly. Graves invites local residents to meet with him to discuss state or local issues on the following dates: Fenton: Monday, May 13, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Biggby, 235 N. Leroy St. Holly: Friday, May 17, 9-10 a.m. at Holly…

Capitol Notes: May 2013

Last month, the House of Representatives approved its first budget plan.  I am proud to say that Michigan is once again on track to pass a balanced budget months ahead of schedule.  This will mark the third straight year the budget has been passed early, making it the “new normal” for Michigan, which will allow…

Franz co-sponsors veterans ID licenses

Legislation moves to governor’s desk for consideration  Military veterans could have their Michigan driver’s license reflect their service to their country through legislation now being considered by Gov. Rick Snyder, state Rep. Ray Franz said today. House Bill 4037 and Senate Bill 219, measures to place a special ‘veteran’ designation on eligible driver’s licenses and…

Rep. Somerville invites residents to meet with him at his May office hours

State Rep. Pat Somerville, R-New Boston, today announced his upcoming May office hours. Somerville encourages residents to meet with him to discuss state and local issues. Residents can come to either of the following coffee hours: Friday, May 10 9:30am – 11 a.m. Island Coney Island 8200 Macomb St. Grosse Ile Friday, May 17 9:30am…

Rendon resolution targets bullying

Michigan joins world for Stand4Change Day on May 3             The Michigan House of Representatives will join with millions of students, teachers and others across the world to raise bullying awareness during Stand4Change Day on May 3. The House today approved House Resolution 121, sponsored by state Rep. Bruce Rendon, to set the special recognition…

McCready announces May office hours

State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he will host office hours this month in Bloomfield Township and Birmingham. McCready invites residents to meet with him to share their perspectives and ask questions at the following locations and times: Bloomfield Township: Monday, May 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Bagger Dave’s, 6608 Telegraph Road. Birmingham: Tuesday, May 28,…

Bumstead votes to improve hunting and fishing in Michigan

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today voted for legislation guaranteeing residents the right to hunt, fish and take game in Michigan, and giving active duty military free hunting. Senate Bills 288 and 289 give the Natural Resources Commission the right to establish hunting seasons and add species to the game list in Michigan. The legislation specifies…