State marks May 25 for Hispanic seniors

Saturday, May 25, has been set as Hispanic Senior Citizens Day in Michigan through a measure sponsored by state Rep. Bruce Rendon and approved by the state House today. Rendon introduced House Resolution 158 to recognize the diverse and vibrant Hispanic senior citizen population which contributes in a great number of ways to Michigan’s culture,…

Schmidt sponsors legislation to enhance intersection safety

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today introduced legislation that would give local communities the option to install red-light safety cameras in their municipalities. “Local governments should be given control over whether they want to use this kind of technology in their communities,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City and chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  “This…

Graves legislation protects personal injury victims from predatory solicitation

Lawmaker: People are entitled to recovery period A bipartisan package of three bills was introduced today protecting victims recovering from personal injury accidents from overaggressive solicitation by lawyers, medical clinics and victim advocacy groups. House Bills 4770-4772 provide a 30-day waiting period for accident victims before their police accident reports are made public and before…

Technology updates planned for Capitol; carpeting to be replaced after more than two decades of heavy use

Contacts: Ari Adler, aadler@house.mi.gov, 517-373-1386 Amber McCann, amccann@senate.mi.gov, 517-373-0605   LANSING – The state Capitol will receive numerous technology updates and the carpet in the House and Senate, as well as the fourth floor, will be replaced starting this summer. New carpeting is necessary because the aging and fraying carpeting is well past its expected lifespan and has started to…

Grand Traverse County approved for redevelopment plan

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt today announced that a plan to demolish two buildings at the corner of Hope and Front Streets has been approved for a Brownfield Work Plan by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The plan would also include infrastructure improvements and would prepare the spot for a new three-story headquarters for TBA Credit…

Speaker Bolger welcomes Alpha Kappa Alpha to Capitol

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, welcomed members of the Michigan chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority to the state Capitol on Thursday for their annual legislative day. The service sorority is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. Speaker Bolger applauded the attendees for participating in the legislative process because…

Rendon announces June office hours

Area residents can meet with state Rep. Bruce Rendon to talk about state government concerns at the lawmaker’s local office hours scheduled for June 14 in Crawford and Kalkaska counties, and June 21 in Ogemaw, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. “Office hours provide an added chance for me to meet face-to-face with residents and learn about…

Michigan House approves measure to prohibit sale of invasive Autumn Olive

The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved legislation to prohibit the sale of the Autumn Olive, an invasive plant species that is quickly making its way across the state, disrupting some farming operations and testing the patience of land owners. House Bill 4038, introduced by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins, would place the Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus Umbellata)…

House approves bills that eliminate burdens on homeowners, job creators

Reform will help homeowners save money The House on Wednesday approved a package of bills that would eliminate regulatory hurdles that burden job creators who are providing access to new technology through the installation of advanced home monitoring systems. The measures were approved with strong, bipartisan support. House Bills 4591 and 4737, introduced by state…

Governor signs Leonard bill to increase safety of vulnerable residents

Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Tom Leonard that gives a judge consecutive sentencing powers against those who embezzle from multiple vulnerable adults or commit multiple crimes against the same vulnerable adult. Under Michigan law a vulnerable adult is someone who is elderly or mentally handicapped. Public Act 34…

Graves announces state grant to fund Fenton downtown project

Project expected to create 75 jobs State Rep. Joe Graves today announced a Fenton redevelopment project has been awarded a state incentives grant to demolish an obsolete building and construct a new $5.2 million multiple-use building. The $880,000 Michigan Community Revitalization Program incentive, awarded through the Michigan Strategic Fund, will be used to demolish the…

House approves Nesbitt bill to reform tax audit process on small business

Measure now heads to Senate The Michigan House today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt that provides clarity and transparency to small-business owners who maintain proper records and file their tax returns on time. The measure passed unanimously on a 109-0 vote The legislation, House Bill 4289, promises to make Michigan’s business…