Rep. Howrylak to host consumer education event on Oct. 20

State Rep. Martin Howrylak of Troy is partnering with the Michigan Attorney General’s office to host a consumer education event on Friday, Oct 20. This month’s event focuses on home repair and improvement scams and offers ways to protect yourself from these criminal practices. Attendees will learn how to select a contractor, resolve disputes, and…

Rep. Noble recognizes local scholarship semifinalists

Rep. Jeff Noble today congratulated National Merit Scholarship semifinalists from Plymouth, Canton, and Northville high schools. “I’m very proud to announce that three high schools in my district had a combined 43 National Merit semifinalists,” Rep. Noble said. “This extraordinary achievement is conducive of superior hard work and dedication from school administrators, teachers, parents and…

Rep. Kahle invites residents to monthly office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Clinton Public Library, 100 Brown St. in Clinton. “My hope is to have the opportunity to connect with people in the community and hear what matters most to…

Rep. Howrylak bill provides relief for psychologists negatively impacted by licensing changes

A bill sponsored by state Representative Martin Howrylak, of Troy, to remove certain licensing restrictions for psychology professionals was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) created a new ruling that went into effect on June 30, 2010 that required individuals seeking a Limited License Psychologist…

Rep. Reilly recognizes local scholarship semifinalist

Rep. John Reilly today congratulated local National Merit Scholarship semifinalist Michaela Collins from Lake Orion High School. “Michaela should be very proud of this incredible accomplishment,” Rep. Reilly said. “It’s an honor to represent such a talented student in my district.” The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships among…

Rep. Marino introduces bill to combat alcohol and opioid abuse

State Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township today introduced legislation to help local agencies fight substance abuse in Michigan. Marino’s bill would dedicate a portion of the money raised through liquor taxes to Michigan’s local community mental health agencies. Each local board would provide grants for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, primarily targeting alcohol…

Rep. Frederick legislation requires balanced budget by July 1

Legislators would forfeit pay after missed deadline State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso today introduced legislation to require the Michigan Legislature to present a balanced budget to the governor by July 1 each year. Frederick’s joint resolution proposes amending the Michigan Constitution to establish the July 1 deadline and ensure lawmakers adhere to it. Should…

House approves Rep. Tedder’s bill to save time, money resolving tax disputes

The Michigan House today approved Rep. Jim Tedder’s legislation offering a faster, less expensive way to settle tax disputes in Michigan. Tedder’s bill allows taxpayers to avoid court when settling disputes with the Michigan Treasury. The parties could instead use an informal conference as a starting point to offer written settlement proposals, bypassing the court…

VanderWall bill offers more flexibility for ice shanty owners

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall increases the flexibility of rules regulating ice shanties placed on Michigan waterways. VanderWall’s bill gives the Michigan Department of Natural Resources the ability to adjust ice shanty removal dates each year based on weather conditions. Current law sets precise dates by which ice shanties must be removed from…

Rep. Bellino testifies on bill package to end driver responsibility fees

Legislator says fees do nothing to improve driving skills   State Rep. Joe Bellino today testified before the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee on his bill, part of a sweeping bipartisan legislative package, to end driver responsibility fees by October 2018. Bellino, of Monroe, told the committee the threat of having to pay driver responsibility fees…

Rep. Rendon testifies on bill to end driver responsibility fees

Her measure allows job training to fulfill debt   State Rep. Daire Rendon today testified before the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee in support of a wide-ranging, bipartisan legislative package to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgive unpaid fees. Rep Rendon, of Lake City, who serves on the committee, said driver responsibility fees were enacted in…