House mental health task force to meet in Grand Rapids

            The Michigan House mental health task force will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Hope Network in Grand Rapids, announced state Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, the task force co-chairs.             The bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. task force is comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to…

House mental health task force to host next meeting in Kent County

            The Michigan House mental health task force will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Hope Network in Grand Rapids, announced state Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, the task force co-chairs.             The bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. task force is comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to…

Rep. Griffin hosts first local officials meeting

State Rep. Beth Griffin hosted her first local officials meeting on July 31 at the Van Buren Intermediate School District building in Lawrence.  Officials from across the 66th District were invited to hear presentations from U.S. Rep. Fred Upton’s office, the House Republican Policy Office, the State Lottery Commissioner, the Michigan Department of Transportation, the…

Rep. Pagel seeks region’s input on state mental health services

State Rep. Dave Pagel, a member of a bipartisan House task force on mental health, is seeking southwestern Michigan’s input into how to improve the state’s mental health services. Comments can be submitted at www.house.mi.gov/CARES. The House C.A.R.E.S. task force is named for the key elements the group hopes to address to support vulnerable citizens:…

Rep. Kesto, mental health task force seeks public input

State Rep. Klint Kesto, co-chair of the House C.A.R.E.S. task force, is asking Oakland County residents to submit their thoughts on how to improve Michigan’s mental health services. “This task force is making stops across our state to gain insight from doctors, administrators and public officials on how to upgrade veterans’ care, substance abuse treatment,…

Rep. Chatfield: MDOT accelerates Cut River Bridge repair project

Inspection reveals poor condition of span on U.S. 2   State Rep. Lee Chatfield today said the Michigan Department of Transportation moved up plans to begin structural steel repairs on a bridge spanning the Cut River in Mackinac County because the bridge’s condition made it unsafe for traffic. Chatfield, of Levering, said the $1.3 million…

Rep. Rendon seeks input from residents on mental health services

Website will assist House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force in forming policy ideas State Rep. Daire Rendon today encouraged northern Michigan residents to submit input on improving mental health services in Michigan. Rendon, of Lake City, said anyone who has suggestions on topics such as veterans’ care, substance abuse treatment, mental health courts, and training for law…

Rep. LaFave: Railroad crossing project eases traffic congestion

Part of state’s promise to fix transportation system State Rep. Beau LaFave today said a project is underway in Gladstone to install a signal at a railroad crossing on U.S. 2/U.S. 41/M-35 that will ease traffic congestion and make travel safer. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the project in Delta County is one of many…

Rep. LaSata highlights budget, criminal justice successes

State Rep. Kim LaSata, of Bainbridge Township, is pleased with the progress made in the first six months of her term, noting the approval of a 2017-18 budget and key legislation driven by Southwestern Michigan. “We’ve taken several strong steps forward, such as getting a fiscally-responsible budget done early for the seventh year in a…

Rep. Barrett: House successful during first six months of session

Legislature works on priorities important to Michiganders State Rep. Tom Barrett today said eliminating opioid abuse, providing more skilled trades training opportunities and reducing the size of state government are just a few of the important issues the Michigan House has successfully achieved in the first half of the year. Barrett, of Potterville, said the…

House mental health task force hosts first meeting

The Michigan House of Representatives bipartisan mental health task force kicked off its research by hosting a panel at the Livingston County EMS Center in Howell on Monday, Rep. Klint Kesto announced. The task force seeks to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live happier, healthier and more independent lives….

Rep. Leutheuser notes progress made over the past six months

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser, of Hillsdale, is pleased to see the legislative progress so far in 2017, noting that Hillsdale and Branch counties will benefit from key legislation. “We’ve improved the state’s investment in education and infrastructure with the 2017-2018 budget, while also committing ourselves to better career and jobs training programs,” said Leutheuser, who…