Rep. VerHeulen welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rob VerHeulen (right) welcomed Reverend Jessica Shults to the state capitol to lead Wednesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Shults is the lead pastor of Standale Reformed Church in Walker. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum. House tradition calls for a representative or a…

Rep. Alexander hosts local office hours in December

State Rep. Julie Alexander announced her monthly in-district office hours, emphasizing the importance of understanding the concerns of the community. “During my first year in office I have scheduled 58 office hours and Milk Break meetings. The insight I received at these meetings has been my most important tool when representing the Jackson area in…

Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, Dec. 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. US 223 in Adrian. “Since taking office in January, I am proud to have held in-district office hours for 11 consecutive months,” Rep….

Local residents can meet with Rep. Noble on Dec. 11

State Rep. Jeff Noble will host an open office hour on Monday, Dec. 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Northville District Library located at 212 W. Cady St. in Northville. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Noble said. “Hosting regular office hours is a great…

Rep. LaFave: Bill would boost northern Michigan recreation, sports

State Rep. Beau LaFave today testified in support of his bill to dramatically boost economic activity related to sports and recreation across northern Michigan. LaFave’s bill would create the Northern Michigan Regional Tourism and Sports Fund. The legislation requires that $1.9 million go into the fund every year for a decade, without raising taxes or…

Rep. Lucido: Bill helps recuperating seniors with property taxes

A Michigan House committee today approved Rep. Peter Lucido’s legislation helping seniors recuperating at assisted living facilities or other locations keep a key property tax exemption. The bill would ensure these seniors keep the principal residence exemption for their own homes in certain situations, even if the home is temporarily occupied by a relative or…

Rep. Kahle welcomes Clinton High School students to state Capitol

State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian welcomed ninth-grade students from Clinton High School to the Capitol on Tuesday. The two groups of students traveled to Lansing as part of their American Government class curriculum. “This is one of my favorite roles as a state representative,” Rep. Kahle said. “I enjoy seeing students receive a hands-on…

Johnson’s legislation to repeal ineffective state law gains House approval

The Michigan House of Representatives voted today to approve state Rep. Steve Johnson’s legislation repealing the Michigan Explosives Act, which is ineffective and inconsistent with federal law. Johnson, R-Wayland, said the Michigan State Police brought the issue to his attention out of concern that the outdated state law is creating confusion. “No one can legally…

Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during local coffee hours in December. “Coffee hours are a great way to connect with residents and discuss the topics that matter most to them,” Iden said. “I encourage anyone with ideas or questions about state government to attend and look…

Rep. Frederick votes for student loan transparency

State Rep. Ben Frederick voted for legislation to improve financial reporting to college students on their current federal student loan status, calling growing school debts “a state and national crisis.” “We have students facing decisions which can mean tremendous risk and financial strain upon graduation,” said Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development…

House approves Rep. Albert bill improving student loan disclosure

The House today approved legislation by state Rep. Thomas Albert to require state colleges and universities to provide annual updates on their federal student loan status to help young people better manage their debt. “It’s crucial that these schools work with their students to discuss where they stand with their federal loans, especially with our…

Rep. Tedder bill improves safety for children walking to school

Legislation enforces school zone speed limits to overhead pedestrian walkways State Rep. Jim Tedder this week testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to expand school zone speed limits to roads with an overhead crosswalk. Under current Michigan law, school zone speed limits cannot be enforced on highways where…