Speaker Bolger’s statement on Senate passage of Medicaid reform

Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement after the state Senate approved House Bill 4714 (Medicaid reform): “I applaud the Senate for working diligently on this issue throughout the summer and finding a solution in time for us to approve it on our next session day, Sept. 3. Lack of insurance is a very…

Rep. Kesto, committee chair host health town hall

Large audience hears legislative update on key issues State Rep. Klint Kesto, joined by House Health Policy Committee Chair Gail Haines, on Monday gave an audience of nearly 100 people an update on accomplishments made by the committee and plans for future legislation. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, serves on the committee, and asked Haines, R-Lake Angelus,…

DEQ director, Rep. Outman tour St. Louis paint facility

Officials applaud firm’s efforts to improve environment             State Rep. Rick Outman and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant recently toured a St. Louis automotive parts paint facility that has reduced its environmental footprint. Wyant, Outman and state Sen. Judy Emmons toured Plasti-Paint, a facility that paints plastic…

Mental health courts prove successful after extensive study

State Rep. Margaret O’Brien today applauded the findings of an extensive study showing that mental health courts have significantly helped participants and Michigan’s judicial system, and said legislation she has introduced will help take the effective program statewide. Mental health courts significantly lowered recidivism levels of participants compared to offenders who did not participate in…

Mental health courts help participants lead improved, productive lives

State Rep. Kevin Cotter today said the findings of a survey of participants in 10 mental health court programs in Michigan show how effective the programs are and how much they can help improve the lives of their participants. The survey supports a package of legislation Cotter is helping to sponsor that is up for…

Google recognizes Walled Lake with 2013 eCity of America Award

Lawmaker hails business community for achievement Walled Lake was named the strongest online business community in the state and received the Google eCity Award for Michigan, state Rep. Hugh Crawford announced today. Google and independent research firm Ipsos MORI analyzed the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all 50 states. The city…

Walsh: Survey demonstrates that mental health courts are effective

State Rep. John Walsh today said the findings of a survey of participants in 10 mental health court programs in Michigan show the effectiveness of such programs and support a package of legislation Walsh is helping to sponsor that would statutorily create mental health courts and lay out a blueprint for these programs. “This survey…

Results of survey show need for more mental health courts, Haines says

There is a need for more mental health courts in Michigan because a survey by the State Court Administrative Office shows the ones that exist have proven so effective, state Rep. Gail Haines said today. “The results of the survey that was released today show just how effective these programs are and why we need…

Local residents attend round table with lawmakers, attorney general

Meeting gives residents closer look at state’s budget process Residents from the 57th House District as well as county and local officials attended a round table discussion hosted by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins on Aug. 20. The public forum focused on Michigan’s budget-making process and featured Attorney General Bill Schuette and Rep. Joe Haveman, the…

Port Huron project receives state revitalization grant

Rep. Muxlow applauds renovation of downtown building A former furniture store will be turned into residential lofts and commercial space thanks to a Michigan Community Revitalization Program grant, said state Rep. Paul Muxlow. Muxlow, R-Brown City, said the $217,500 performance-based grant for the renovation of the Ben’s Furniture building in downtown Port Huron will help…

Rep. MacMaster joins governor on underwater shipwreck tour

State Rep. Greg MacMaster (left) on Tuesday joined Gov. Rick Snyder (center) for an underwater exploration in Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary off Alpena to highlight another Pure Michigan tourism attraction. The dive team explored the Monohansett, a wooden ship built in the late 1800s that caught fire and sank in about 18…

Lyons statement on new color-coded ranking for schools

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, chair of the House Education Committee, today issued the following statement in response to the Michigan Department of Education announcement of its new system for school accountability reports which utilizes a color coded system for scoring schools: “While I applaud the Department of Education’s willingness to improve accountability and…