Capitol Notes: October 2013

Many states, including Michigan, have a number of obsolete or otherwise obscure laws on the books, some of which leave people wondering what prompted such a silly or unnecessary law in the first place. However, some of these laws are so outdated that they end up being a hindrance for local business owners and other…

Rep. Heise will be special guest at DWSD town hall on Oct. 10

State Rep. Kurt Heise will be a special guest at a town hall meeting to discuss water and sewer rates from the Detroit Water and Sewer Department (DWSD) and the potential for a regional water authority. The town hall forum takes place at the Livonia Library, 32777 Five Mile Road, on Thursday, Oct. 10, from…

Rep. Howrylak introduces resolution declaring October Filipino-American Heritage Month

State Rep. Martin Howrylak Wednesday introduced a resolution declaring October Filipino-American Heritage Month in the state of Michigan. The resolution was co-sponsored by 17 other representatives and was approved in the House.  Howrylak introduced the resolution to celebrate contributions Filipino-Americans have made throughout the entire state. “Filipino-Americans have a rich and diverse background in this…

Sturgis to receive MSHDA grant award

State Rep. Matt Lori today announced the Sturgis Neighborhood Program will receive a $30,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority that will be used to fund the organization. The grant, from the Housing Resource Fund, will be used to support the general operating expenses of the organization, which serves residents of the city…

Governor signs 2 Johnson bills to promote outdoor recreation

The governor has signed into law two bills authored by state Rep. Joel Johnson that will promote tourism and allow more Michigan residents to enjoy the great outdoors. Public Act 117 of 2013, sponsored by Johnson, allows local units of government to work with the Michigan Department of Transportation to adopt ordinances authorizing the use…

Roscommon County to receive MSHDA grant award

State Rep. Bruce Rendon and Sen. Darwin Booher today announced that Roscommon County will receive a $202,100 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority that will be used to rehabilitate homes. This grant will fund the forgivable portion of the PIP-Plus projects to county programs ineligible to receive direct HOME/CDBG funding. “This is great…

Rep. Daley invites residents to October office hours

  Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, is hosting office hours during the month of October to give residents of the 82nd District a chance to meet with him and discuss state or local issues. The office hours in North Branch are as follows: Monday, Oct. 14 Educational Service Center (Conference Room) 6655 Jefferson Road, North Branch…

Senate panel takes testimony on Lori hunting reform bill

Lawmaker, guest stress safety of rifle cartridge State Rep. Matt Lori today testified before a state Senate committee today, urging the panel to consider legislation that will enable hunters to safely use rifles when hunting in southern Michigan. Lori, R-Constantine, was joined by hunting enthusiast Craig Larson of Niles, and told the Senate Outdoor Recreation…

Rep. Yonker plans Monday office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker will host informal office hours in Grand Rapids on Monday. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at Mr. Burger, located at 1750 44th St. S.E. in Grand Rapids on Monday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with Rep. Yonker during this time. All are welcome to…

Haveman: Goal wasn’t to privatize, goal was to save money

State Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, issued the following statement today after reviewing the bids submitted to the Department of Corrections:  “This is positive news for taxpayers, as it is an indication that the Department of Corrections has worked to make numerous cost-cutting changes during the past year and a half to bring down the costs…

Rep. Muxlow hosts October office hours

State Rep. Paul Muxlow will meet with residents of the 83rd House District during informal office hours on Monday, Oct. 21. Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, will host office hours at the following locations: Rep. Muxlow’s district office at 4256 Main St., Brown City, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Blue Water Chamber of Commerce, 512…