Rep. Cox’s public safety bill signed by Gov. Snyder

Public safety legislation by state Rep. Laura Cox was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder, making it a criminal offense to point a directed energy device, such as a laser pointer, at a plane or train. The bill was inspired by pilots of law enforcement helicopters and passenger planes being struck multiple times…

Rep. Chatfield announces May, June office hours

State Representative Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the months of May and June. “Hosting local office hours is just one way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve,” said Rep. Chatfield. “My staff and I have held office hours every…

Rep. Howell’s jobs training data bill approved by House committee

Legislation by state Rep. Gary Howell, which called for data sharing by the state government to colleges, job training agencies and intermediate school districts was approved by the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee Tuesday. Legislation introduced by Howell is part of a bi-partisan bill package to improve career training by requiring the state government…

Rep. Vaupel to host in-district office hours on May 19

State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township will host office hours in Fowlerville, Hartland and Howell on Friday, May 19. Rep. Vaupel will meet with residents at the following locations: Fowlerville: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave.; Hartland: 4 to 5 p.m. at Kahuna Coffee, 1836 Old U.S. Highway 23;…

Rep. Leutheuser’s bill honoring military hero James Bondsteel signed into law

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law state Rep. Eric Leutheusuer’s legislation to allow a portion of highway US-12 within Jonesville in Hillsdale County to be named James Bondsteel Memorial Highway. “James Bondsteel was from Hillsdale County and received the Medal of Honor for his courageous service in the Vietnam War,” said Rep. Leutheuser,…

Rep. Iden introduces bill to enhance cyber-security

State Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo today introduced legislation to allow the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, an all-volunteer force, to provide cybersecurity services and to respond to cyberattacks. This bill gives the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps the legal protection it needs to assist schools, municipalities, nonprofits and private businesses. “Every day, the State of Michigan…

Rep. Howrylak seeks passage of legislation to honor Troy police officer

Today State Representative Martin Howrylak (Right), Mayor Dan Slater, Police Chief Gary Mayer, and Troy Police Officer John Julian (Left) testified in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on behalf of legislation to in honor of Troy Police Officer Martin “Marty” Chivas, who died in the line of duty on April 22, 1974. Troy Police Officer…

LaFave sponsors tele-town hall for U.P. residents

            Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain is sponsoring a tele-town hall for the residents of Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties.             “Listening to people has been my priority since taking office,” Rep. LaFave said. “Even though nearly 450 miles separates my home from Lansing, I have always remained accessible. This tele-town hall is a…

Rep. Howell leads joint panel on environmental rule-making process

Natural resources committees learn about Indiana’s procedures State Rep. Gary Howell, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, recently presided over a joint House and Senate committee meeting, during which legislators heard a presentation on Indiana’s environmental rule-making process. Former Indiana Sen. Beverly Gard, chair of the Indiana Environmental Rules Board, and Vince Griffin, former…

Rep. Kahle bill helps more small businesses raise funds to grow

Crowdfunding bill approved by House committee The House Commerce and Trade Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Bronna Kahle’s bill helping small businesses by updating Michigan’s investment crowdfunding law, Michigan Invests Locally Exemption. Kahle said crowdfunding has played an important role in helping people raise the capital they need to start and grow small businesses…

Rep. VanSingel announces spring office hours

State Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant invites residents to attend his upcoming local office hours during May and June. “I encourage people to come and meet with me if they have any questions or concerns regarding matters of state government,” VanSingel said. “I enjoy hearing from the residents and bringing their thoughts and ideas back…