Harrison resident presents Rep. Johnson flag from Afghanistan frontline

State Rep. Joel Johnson proudly displays an American flag from Operation Enduring Freedom from Corporal Scott E. Taylor of Harrison in his Lansing office. “I appreciate this gift a great deal,” said Johnson, R-Clare.  “I have tremendous respect for Scott answering the call to service.  My prayers continue to be with his wife Mindy and…

Pagel reminds residents of home heating credit application deadline

State Rep. Dave Pagel today is reminding residents that the deadline to apply for home heating credits in Michigan is Sept. 30. “With the weather getting colder, now is the perfect time to be thinking about applying for the home heating credit,” said Pagel, R-Oronoko Township. “I encourage those who meet the criteria to apply…

Jenkins introduces measure to help start-up businesses get funding

Bill allows individuals to invest in local businesses State Rep. Nancy Jenkins has introduced legislation to help Michigan entrepreneurs “crowdfund” the financing they need to put their ideas into motion. House Bill 4996 allows state residents to invest in local start-up and other small businesses by raising many small amounts of money from a large…

Outman bill prohibits use of e-cigarettes by minors

Sale of products would result in misdemeanor charges State Rep. Rick Outman today introduced legislation prohibiting the sale to or use of electronic cigarettes by anyone under the age of 18. “Anyone use uses these vapor cigarettes are still ingesting nicotine, which has been proven to be a serious health risk,” said Outman, R-Six Lakes….

Franz bill expands relief fund help for active Michigan Guard, Reserves families

Michigan’s military families could get financial assistance from the Military Relief Fund as soon as a unit’s mobilization order is issued through legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ray Franz that was unanimously approved today by the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. House Bill 4811 would allow the fund, which receives money through a voluntary…

Jenkins reaches out to thousands of residents during teletown hall

Residents can also meet with lawmaker during office hours State Rep. Nancy Jenkins reached thousands of people in the area during a teletown hall meeting Tuesday night as a part of her ongoing effort to inform local residents and seek their input regarding her work in Lansing. Residents of Lenawee County engaged in an hour-long…

Nesbitt bill uses technology to make Michigan roads safer

Measure helps fight insurance fraud A bill introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt aims to boost the use of technology by, among other things, allowing drivers to use their smart phones to prove they have insurance on their vehicles. That’s one element of House Bill 4995, which Nesbitt, R-Lawton, says allows the use of more…

Rep. Kesto plans coffee hours, legislative update in September

State Rep. Klint Kesto will host Espresso with Kesto office hours and a legislative update luncheon in the 39th House District during September. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, will discuss current legislative issues with residents on Friday, Sept. 27 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. during Espresso with Kesto at Coffee Time Café, 1001 Welsh Road in Commerce…

House bill targets out-of-state drug dealers

Local officials join McBroom to deliver committee testimony Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks and Menominee City Police Chief Brett Botbyl joined state Rep. Ed McBroom before the House Criminal Justice Committee today to provide testimony supporting House Bill 4889, which the lawmaker sponsored to enhance sentencing penalties for transporting illegal drugs over state lines. The…

Rep. Amanda Price stands with the Rev. Charles Hall, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish in Holland, at the podium on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives. Hall was invited by Rep. Price to give the invocation before today’s legislative session.

Price welcomes local pastor to give invocation on House floor

Rep. Amanda Price stands with the Rev. Charles Hall, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish in Holland, at the podium on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives. Hall was invited by Rep. Price to give the invocation before Tuesday’s legislative session.

Rendon meeting focuses on hunting, fishing issues

House subcommittee chair, area experts to listen to residents Area sportsmen and women can learn about hunting and fishing developments, natural resources issues and share their thoughts about local topics at a town hall meeting with state Rep. Bruce Rendon in the Roscommon Township Hall on Monday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Rendon…