Rep. Eileen Kowall announces March office hours

Residents of the 44th District are invited to meet locally with state Rep. Eileen Kowall during her monthly office hours. Kowall will hold offices hours at the following dates and locations: -Saturday, March 2 at Colasanti’s Market, 468 S. Milford Road in Highland, from 9 to 10 a.m. -Monday, March 4 at Dave & Amy’s,…

Heise takes lead on legislation and regional coordination against vacant home squatting

State Rep. Kurt Heise is taking the lead on legislative reform and regional coordination efforts to combat illegal home squatting. Heise, R-Plymouth Township, chairman of  the Criminal Justice Committee in the State House, is developing legislation with the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Counties, courts, financial institutions, and law enforcement to address this problem…

Cotter Resolution Creates “Eating Disorder Awareness Week” in Michigan

The Michigan House this week approved a resolution authored by state Rep. Kevin Cotter declaring the week of Feb. 24 – March 2, 2013 as Eating Disorder Awareness Week. House Resolution 33 aims to eliminate eating disorders and body image issues, increase access to treatment and reduce the stigma that often surrounds the condition. The…

Lyons announces March in-district office hours

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today announced she will sponsor office hours on Friday, March 1 to discuss state and local issues with residents. Lyons invites residents to meet with her at the Cascade Library, 2870 Jack Smith Ave. SE in Grand Rapids from 10 a.m. to noon. No appointment is necessary during these office…

Proos and Pscholka announce MDOT grant for road work in Coloma

LANSING—Sen. John Proos and Rep. Al Pscholka announced today that the city of Coloma will receive a grant for more than $349,000 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for work on Paw Paw Street. “I applaud Coloma for earning this transportation economic development grant, because these dollars will help improve safety and the local economy,”…

Local non-profit receives grant money to eliminate blight in Newaygo

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today announced that the NCCS Center for Non-Profit Housing in Newaygo will receive $70,000 to eliminate blight in the district. A total of 34 municipal, township and county entities statewide will share in $15 million in funding to help eliminate blight in their communities. “Many homes and properties in Michigan were…

Rendon, Booher announce road grant

The Roscommon County Road Commission will receive a $375,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation for work on CR400 in Roscommon and Denton townships. The construction project will cover from Loxley Road to Townline Road on the stretch of highway also known as Emery Road. “It’s important to maintain our northern Michigan roads where…

Franz applauds occupation licensing laws for veterans

State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, standing center, joined Rep. Gail Haines for a ceremonial bill signing with Gov. Rick Snyder and members of Michigan’s veterans service organizations commemorating three 2012 laws that will help veterans meet eligibility requirements for Michigan electrical, plumbing and security occupational licenses based on their military service experience and hours. “Michigan’s…

MacMaster receives Farm Bureau honor

State Rep. Greg MacMaster has been recognized by the Michigan Farm Bureau with the organization’s top award for state legislators, The Silver Plow Award. The award is given for leadership roles in enacting legislation of significant benefit to agriculture. MacMaster earned the Silver Plow by sponsoring House Bill 5228, which exempted truck-and-trailer combinations from state…

Lori named to new Mental Health and Wellness Commission

Lawmaker plans to address law enforcement’s concerns State Rep. Matt Lori today was named by House Speaker Jase Bolger to Gov. Rick Snyder’s newly created Mental Health and Wellness Commission. The six-member commission will advise the state Department of Community Health on strengthening the state’s mental health system. Their advisory role includes considering the best…

Rep. Foster appointed to regional committee

State Rep. Frank Foster has been appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to serve on a key bipartisan regional committee that will deliberate strategies for economic growth in the Midwestern region. “Michigan’s comeback has been remarkable to watch as legislative efforts, combined with financial responsibility, have allowed us to put people back to work and…

Experts say Michigan’s plan is working

The Michigan House Commerce Committee continued hearing from business and economic development organizations from across the state this month with recent presentations from the Detroit Regional Chamber and National Federation of Independent Businesses, both of which gave promising reports.“I’ve appreciated all the information people have brought before us to help give the committee a picture…