Outman sponsors legislation to create student safety hotline

OK-2-SAY program could cut violence, save lives State Rep. Rick Outman today launched a new student safety hotline initiative to help prevent violence and tragedy before it occurs by encouraging confidential tip-sharing among students, parents, school employees and law enforcement officials. The OK-2-SAY legislative package was kicked off during a news conference with Attorney General…

Outman resolution seeks to recognize wrestling in Michigan

State Rep. Rick Outman today unveiled House Resolution 147 that declares May as World Wrestling Month in Michigan. Outman, R-Six Lakes, is a strong supporter of wrestling. In April, Outman co-sponsored a House resolution urging the International Olympic Committee to reinstate wrestling as part of the Summer Games. “I participated in wrestling during high school…

State Rep. Phil Potvin helps introduce a new student safety initiative

OK-2-SAY is a student hotline aimed at cutting down violence State Rep. Phil Potvin joined law enforcement, education, and legislative leaders today in launching a new student safety initiative to help prevent violence and tragedies in school before it happens. The OK-2-SAY program is a confidential 24/7 tip-sharing service for students, parents, school employees and…

Johnson announces May office hours change

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, today announced his district office hours for May have been changed due to the Memorial Holiday Weekend. The representative’s meetings with residents of Arenac and Gladwin counties on the Friday, May 31, and on Monday, June 3 for people in Osceola and Clare counties. “Meeting with constituents is one of…

Nesbitt hosts legislators at Covert Generating Facility

Natural gas-fueled power plant key to clean, affordable and reliable energy in region State Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, chair of the Michigan House Energy and Technology Committee, today hosted legislators for a tour of the 1,100-megawatt Covert Generating Facility near Covert. “The Covert Generating Facility is an excellent example of a clean, reliable and affordable…

Rendon, Moolenaar announce $150,000 award

State grant to help fix Crawford County homes  The Crawford County Housing Commission will be able to rehabilitate nine homes with the help of a $150,000 Michigan State Housing Development Authority grant, state Rep. Bruce Rendon and Sen. John Moolenaar announced today. “This is great news for the community and the homeowners who will have…

Glardon votes in favor of bill to expand hunting in southern Michigan

With bipartisan support, the Michigan House on Thursday approved House Bill 4283 to allow the use of certain straight-walled rifle cartridges for deer hunting in the southern region of Michigan that is now limited to pistols, shotguns and muzzleloaders, state Rep. Ben Glardon announced. “There are some excellent deer-hunting opportunities in southern Michigan, and this…

Johnson welcomes MEA support of CTE

Teacher group writes letter in support of flexible curriculum  State Rep. Joel Johnson received welcome news this week when the Michigan Education Association indicated support for his legislation increasing the flexibility of the high school Michigan Merit Curriculum. Following a bipartisan vote of support in the House Education Committee, the full House is preparing to…

Veteran status designation to be available on Michigan driver’s license

Veterans will now be able to get a special designation signifying their veteran status on their Michigan driver’s license thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder this week. State Rep. Peter Pettalia co-sponsored House Bill 4037, now Public Act 27 of 2013, to allow veterans to show verification of military service once at the…

House approves Lori bill to expand rifle hunting to southern Michigan

Legislation now heads to Senate for consideration The House today unanimously approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Matt Lori to allow the use of rifles for deer hunting in densely populated areas now limited to pistols, shotguns and muzzleloaders. House Bill 4283 would allow the use of a straight-walled pistol cartridge in rifles that…

State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites residents to seminar on how to build good credit

State Rep. Martin Howrylak has partnered with Credit Union One to host a financial literacy seminar for local residents. The event will focus on the importance of good credit and attendees will receive important information from industry specialists. The event is Saturday May 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the community room at Clawson…

Governor signs Potvin bill providing schools flexibility to make up snow days

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed a bill into law giving school districts that have experienced an excessive number of snow days additional flexibility in fulfilling the required amount of hours for the school year. State Rep. Phil Povtin’s House Bill 4471, now Public Act 29 of 2013, will continue to keep the number of instructional…