Rep. Somerville hosting local June office hours

State Rep. Pat Somerville is offering two days to meet with him during the month of June for residents of the 23rd District who wish to discuss state or local issues. On Friday, June 14, Somerville will host office hours at Panera Bread, 23061 Allen Road, Woodhaven, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  He will also…

Pettalia: Students could more easily pursue technical training under House plan

In a bipartisan vote, the Michigan House today approved a sweeping reform of the Michigan Merit Curriculum to give high school students more flexibility to take vocational and technical classes. State Rep. Peter Pettalia co-sponsored the two measures, House Bills 4465 and 4466, which allow students to fulfill the Algebra II and foreign language requirement…

Qualified Forest Program bills signed into law

Legislation to encourage owners of the 11 million acres of private forestlands in Michigan to join the state’s Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into law today. The nine-bill package, which includes a measure sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, updates the program’s property tax incentives and offers educational and technical…

Glardon: Students could more easily pursue technical training under House plan

In a bipartisan vote, the Michigan House today approved a sweeping reform of the Michigan Merit Curriculum to give high-school students more flexibility to take vocational and technical classes. State Rep. Ben Glardon co-sponsored the two measures, House Bills 4465 and 4466, which allow students to fulfill the Algebra II and foreign language requirement by…

Nesbitt applauds House passage of career-technical education bills

Lawmaker: Students should be offered opportunity to pursue many paths to success, jobs State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today praised House passage of two bills that will give high-school students who are planning for careers after graduation more flexibility to take vocational and technical classes. The House today approved House Bills 4465 and 4466, which modify…

Michigan Merit Curriculum-Career/Technology Training Column by state Rep. Joel Johnson

By State Rep. Joel Johnson For months I have been working on bipartisan legislation to best prepare all Michigan students for their future by increasing the flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum high school course requirements to add career and technical education options.  The current requirements of the merit curriculum leave little if any time…

Rep. Graves applauds House passage of career-technical education bills

Lawmaker says local school boards retain control State Rep. Joe Graves today praised House passage of two bills giving high-school students more flexibility to take vocational and technical classes. The House today approved House Bills 4465 and 4466, which allow flexibility in the foreign-language requirement in high school and modify the credits that must be…

Rep. Lori encourages residents to go fishing for free this weekend

Lawmaker: Many local opportunities exist to enjoy the sport State Rep. Matt Lori today encouraged residents of St. Joseph and Cass counties to take advantage of Michigan Free Fishing Weekend and cast a line on a local lake, river or stream on June 8-9. Michigan Free Fishing Weekend allows residents and out-of-state visitors to enjoy…

New law keeps dead people, felons off welfare rolls

A new law requiring regular checks of monthly Michigan incarceration records and the U.S. Social Security Death Index database will help reduce welfare fraud in the state and use taxpayer dollars more efficiently. State Rep. Joel Johnson said Public Act 41 of 2013 is a welcome addition to other reforms he’s helped work on to…

Kesto urges residents to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend

Lawmaker: Opportunities abound in 39th District waters State Rep. Klint Kesto today urged residents to take time this weekend to cast a line on local waters during Michigan Free Fishing Weekend on June 8-9. Michigan Free Fishing Weekend allows residents and out-of-state visitors to enjoy Michigan fishing at no cost. All fishing licensing fees will…