Genetski announces June office hours

Allegan County residents will have two opportunities to meet with state Rep. Bob Genetski to talk face-to-face about state government issues or concerns. The lawmaker has scheduled office hours in Holland on June 17 and Plainwell on June 24. “No appointment is necessary and I welcome everyone to come in for a talk,” said Genetski,…

Lawmakers vow to restore senior transportation funding

Forlini met with leadership to secure SMART money Two state representatives from House Appropriations today met with House and Senate leadership and the governor’s office in an effort to restore funding for the Suburban Mobility for Regional Transportation (SMART) program, a suburban bus system operating in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. State Reps. Anthony Forlini,…

Senate approves bills that eliminate burdens on job creators, homeowners

Measures now go to governor for signature The Michigan Senate today 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…

House passes McCready bill to better fund state emergency response

Measure adjusts funding levels for natural disaster relief The House of Representatives recently approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Mike McCready that expedites the state emergency response process, helping to ensure communities receive assistance more quickly during natural disasters. House Bill 4670 adjusts statutory funding levels for the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to…

McMillin plans in-district office hours

State Rep. Tom McMillin is hosting in-district office hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally and discuss state and local issues. McMillin will be hosting the office hours with residents from 3 to 4 p.m., on Monday, June 17 at Rochester City Hall, 400 Sixth Street, Rochester. No appointment is…

Pagel schedules local office hours for June 29

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced he has scheduled office hours in Edwardsburg at the end of the month. Pagel invites local residents of the 78th House District to meet with him to discuss state or local issues on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Office hours will take place at the Edwardsburg…

Governor signs Bridge Card fraud package into law

Michigan can continue to cut down on welfare fraud and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently after the governor this week signed into law a bill package that creates stricter penalties to individuals who repeatedly commit Bridge Card fraud. Public Acts 55 and 56, introduced by Reps. Gail Haines and Roger Victory create stricter punishments for…

Rep. Foster announces local office hours for residents

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, will be available for office hours on Friday, June 14 in Sault Ste. Marie to talk with area residents. “Ongoing office hours throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan are essential to make sure all voices are heard,” Foster said.  “I encourage people to stop by to express a concern…

Rep. Poleski bill makes it illegal to influence decision to run for office

State Rep. Earl Poleski today introduced legislation to help protect the integrity of the voting process and deter political gamesmanship by prohibiting people from offering money or gifts to influence a person’s decision to run for office in Michigan. The legislation is similar to a federal law that makes it a misdemeanor to offer money…

Governor signs Pagel bill to streamline village election process

Bill transfers some election responsibilities to county officials Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Dave Pagel that consolidates the election process by transferring duties in village elections. Public Act 52 of 2013 is part of a three-bill package that reassigns the duties of local canvassing boards to the…

Kesto legislation brings more transparency to election process

Bill requires disclosure of felonies when filing to run State Rep. Klint Kesto today introduced legislation that requires candidates filing paperwork seeking political office to disclose any felony convictions within 10 years of the filing date on their affidavit of candidacy. The measure will bring more transparency to the filing process, said Kesto, R-Commerce Township….

Rep. Joel Johnson announces June office hours

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, today announced his district office hours for June 24 and 28. The representative is meeting with Osceola and Clare counties residents on the last Monday of the month and will be in Arenac and Gladwin counties the last Friday of the month. “Meeting with constituents is one of the most…