COLUMN: Educating the next generation and keeping them safe

By state Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo Township Our children are our future leaders. It is our responsibility to invest in them, ensuring they have every opportunity to achieve their goals and contribute back to our great state. I am proud of the recently signed budget proposal that my colleagues and I have worked on….

Local residents can meet with Rep. Crawford on Aug. 1

State Rep. Kathy Crawford will host an open office hour on Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Biggby Coffee located at 22729 Pontiac Trail in South Lyon. “I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Crawford said. “Hosting regular office hours is a great opportunity to…

Protecting those who have protected our freedoms

While we may never be able to fully repay our brave military men and women for their selfless service to our country, we can at least continue to ensure our military heroes receive the best possible care here in Michigan. Your priority is my priority – making sure the state Legislature is properly responding to…

Rep. Farrington visits Henry Ford Health System

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Diana Farrington (center) participated in an informational tour of the Henry Ford Health System on Wednesday. The tour was organized to discuss issues related to the House Health Policy committee, which Rep. Farrington is a member of. She was joined by President and CEO Barbara Rossmann and Community Relations Manager Greg…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: July 16, 2018

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently announced it has seen an increase in bats testing positive for rabies. They reported 38 cases of animal rabies in Michigan for 2017, and most instances involved bats or skunks. Since bats are more active during the warm summer months, it is especially important to be…

Rep. Chatfield announces summer office hour schedule

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents to join him during local office hours for the months of July and August. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Wednesday, July 25 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce, 124 N. Main St. in Cheboygan. Friday, August 10 8:30 to 9:30 a.m….

Griffin: South Haven receives $184,850 grant for downtown development

Funding will benefit small businesses, tourism State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced a $184,850 community development grant awarded to the city of South Haven by the Michigan Strategic Fund. The grants will fund two downtown façade projects to historically renovate the South Haven Masonic Temple (321 Center St.) and D&S Real Estate Management LLC (413…

Johnson bills repealing obsolete regulations signed into law

Two bills sponsored by state Rep. Steve Johnson repealing outdated provisions of Michigan law were recently signed by the governor. Johnson said these initiatives improve government efficiency and accountability while cutting wasteful taxpayer spending. “Removing outdated regulations ensures that our laws are concise, accurate and representative of today’s landscape,” said Johnson, of Wayland. “My priorities…

Rep. Brann’s plan to help solve missing person cases now in effect

Use of national database aids police, provides closure for families   A plan by state Rep. Tommy Brann enabling Michigan law enforcement officials to share missing person information on a national database officially took effect on July 4. The database, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), gathers information from law enforcement officials, medical…

Rep. Leutheuser highlights progress made by House Commerce and Trade Committee

Legislator: Panel worked diligently to promote jobs in state State Rep. Eric Leutheuser, chair of the House Commerce and Trade Committee, today underlined key issues addressed by the 15-member group during the first six months of the year. Leutheuser sponsored a bill within a legislative package amending and improving current state consumer protection and franchise…

Reading contest hosted by Rep. Vaupel underway

State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville is holding his annual summer reading contest for students first through fifth grade. The contest concludes Sept. 1, where the winners will be invited to Lansing to be “Rep. for a Day.” “I am excited to host this reading program for the young people of our community,” Rep. Vaupel…

Rep. Allor schedules July office hours

State Rep. Sue Allor has announced her office hour schedule for July, continuing her commitment to the residents of Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties. “These public events are the best way to connect with the people living in northeast Michigan,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “I encourage everyone to attend one of the…