Join Rep. Afendoulis’ spring cleanup: Litter-Free in the seven-three!

Today, state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township issued a challenge to the people of the 73rd District to participate in her spring cleanup campaign. With her focus on fostering healthy communities, Afendoulis is asking residents to pick up trash throughout their neighborhoods during the month of April. Those who do and who submit…

Rep. Wakeman commends investment in local school safety

Today, State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township applauded an announcement by the Michigan State Police that $178,321 will be invested in Birch Run Area Schools for safety programs and improvements. “What a great opportunity for our local schools to take the next step in protecting students and faculty,” Rep. Wakeman said. “The safety of…

Rep. Matt Hall announces school safety grants for local schools

State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Emmett Twp.) applauded the Michigan State Police for awarding state grant funds to two local school districts to strengthen school safety. Homer Community Schools will receive $93,844 and Harper Creek Community Schools will receive $209,300 to upgrade school safety as part of the Competitive School Safety Grant Program. “Protecting our students,…

Rep. Griffin applauds local school safety grants

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, announced that both Van Buren ISD and Mattawan Consolidated Schools will be receiving Michigan State Police School Safety Grant Program awards. The Michigan State Police (MSP) recently announced that 125 public school districts, 66 non-public schools, 20 public charter schools and 9 intermediate school districts/regional educational service agencies will…

Rep. Kahle wraps up March is Reading Month tour

Each year during the month of March, State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian visits classrooms throughout Lenawee County to read to students and encourage them to make reading fun. “I always look forward to opportunities where I can encourage young people to explore their world through books,” Rep. Kahle said. “I hope visiting local classrooms…

Rep. Mueller backs plan offering more protection for first responders

State Rep. Mike Mueller has co-sponsored a plan to stiffen penalties for criminals who threaten or carry out targeted attacks on first responders and corrections officers in Michigan. Mueller, who recently retired after 19 years as a sheriff’s deputy, said attacks on law enforcement officers and other first responders have increased over the past few…

Rep. Markkanen announces grant to eliminate blight

State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, announced today the Village of Ontonagon, Bessemer, Houghton County Land Bank, Ironwood, and Ontonagon Township will receive funds to fight blight. “I am thrilled to see more investments flooding into our communities,” Markkanen said.  “These investments not only clean up blighted structures but also bring new job opportunities to…

Calley spends March reading to local students

Lawmaker shared love for reading with children State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland spent the month of March visiting several local elementary schools as students throughout Michigan observed March is Reading Month. While visiting with the classrooms, Calley talked to the students about the importance of reading. She hopes visiting local classrooms and reading to…

Rep. Yaroch calls for clarity on federal marijuana policy

Legislator: Recent hearing informative, Feds must stop sending mixed signals PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Yaroch, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), recently heard testimony on marijuana regulation in Michigan. “The people of Michigan had their say…

Rep. Paquette spends March reading to students

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, read to a group of students at Three Oaks Elementary School last Friday as part of his March is Reading Month tour. Paquette also answered questions about state government and stressed the importance of reading inside and outside the classroom. During the month of March, Paquette…

LaFave: Attorney general breaches protocol to justify bigotry

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, issued the following statement regarding the Michigan Attorney General disclosing a prior dropped grievance against former Michigan Court of Claims Judge Michael Talbot in a failed attempt to justify her anti-Catholic post on social media. Michigan State University hired Talbot to help assist the university in ensuring its…

Rep. Mueller helping Southeast Michigan families

By state Rep. Mike Mueller Before I became your representative in the Michigan House, I served as a sheriff’s deputy. Those 19 years on patrol gave me a valuable perspective as I work on behalf of the Genesee-Oakland region at the state Capitol. Top priorities for this 2019-20 legislative session include reducing the cost of…