Shirkey Registration Fee Bill Gets Hearing in Transportation Committee

State Rep. Mike Shirkey’s bill to reform registration fees received a hearing on Tuesday in the House Transportation Committee.  House Bill 4608 would lower registration fees on vehicles over nine years of age by 33 percent, increase registration fees on hybrid vehicles by $25 ($75 for 100 percent electric vehicles), and allow for six-month registrations…

Pscholka confident ‘Parental Responsibility Act’ will help families succeed

Legislation would reform welfare to incentivize school attendance State Rep. Al Pscholka today announced his legislation to suspend welfare benefits to parents of children who are repeatedly truant passed the House. “This vote is a win for children and teachers,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville.   “Republicans, Democrats and Independents came together to send a strong message that…

Rep. Leonard announces May office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard will host office hours in May in St. Johns and Ithaca. • St. Johns: Friday, May, 10 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. • Ithaca: Friday, May, 17 at the Mayor’s Office Coffee Shop, 142 E. Center St. from 9 to 11 a.m. No…

Rendon, Potvin plan road meeting, May 13

Town hall format invites exchange of questions, ideas  Area residents can join in on a discussion about Michigan’s road conditions and submit their own ideas for maintaining the state’s transportation system at a May 13 meeting in Cadillac moderated by state Reps. Bruce Rendon and Phil Potvin. The town hall meeting will be at the…

Welfare recipients could be tested for drugs under Michigan House bill

The Michigan House today approved legislation that would allow suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients to protect at-risk families and make better use of taxpayer dollars, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. Lauwers voted in favor of House Bill 4118, which establishes a one-year pilot program for welfare drug testing in three counties across the state,…

Glardon votes in favor of measure to allow drug testing for welfare recipients

State Rep. Ben Glardon today voted in favor of legislation to allow suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients to protect at-risk families and make better use of taxpayer dollars. House Bill 4118, approved today by the House, establishes a one-year pilot program for welfare drug testing in three counties across the state, to be determined…

House approves Kesto resolution declaring May 1 as Michigan Law Day

Measure highlights promise of equity for all The Michigan House of Representatives today approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Klint Kesto declaring May 1 as Law Day in the state. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said the purpose of House Resolution 115 is to bring awareness to the importance of the law and the impact it…

Glardon helps introduce legislation to help improve adoption and foster care systems

State Rep. Ben Glardon today introduced legislation to help give at-risk Michigan children a better chance at a brighter future by improving the state’s adoption and foster care system. The bill is part of a legislative package to create a Resource Families Bill of Rights; help Michigan birth mothers, adoptive parents and children by eliminating…

Shirkey introduces bill to help foster children, adoptees find loving homes

State Rep. Mike Shirkey today introduced legislation to help give at-risk Michigan children a better chance at a brighter future by improving the state’s adoption and foster care system. The bill, part of a legislative package unveiled today, would allow for out-of-court consent and temporary placement in direct adoptions.  It would also place a 72-hour…

MacGregor to host Senior Brigade event in Belmont

State Rep. Peter MacGregor will host an event in Belmont on Monday, May 13 to help senior citizens protect themselves against various scams and provide education on residential care options. MacGregor’s Senior Brigade event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Plainfield Township Offices in the board room, located at 6161 Belmont…

McCready votes to ensure the Detroit Zoo and DIA get 100 percent of their millage funds

State Rep. Mike McCready today voted to make sure the Detroit Zoo and Detroit Institute of Arts receive 100 percent of millage funds voters approved for them. House Bills 4458 through 4464 prevents local municipalities from capturing any portion of millage funds. The legislation was developed when it was discovered that some local municipalities in…

New corrections food contract to deliver $12 million savings for state taxpayers

MacMaster’s subcommittee questioning results in revised bid review              The Michigan Department of Corrections’ announcement today that recalculation of a competitive bid for food service will save the state money after all was not a surprise to Rep. Greg MacMaster, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections.             MacMaster began working on legislation and…