Rep. Hauck seeks answers to high winter utility bills

Energy Policy Committee conducting inquiry   State Rep. Roger Hauck today said he and others serving on the House Energy Policy Committee are determined to get answers about skyrocketing electric bills that some people say have doubled or tripled in cost this winter. Hauck, of Union Township, said the committee heard testimony from one utility…

Rep. VanderWall encourages residents to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend

Rep. Curt VanderWall is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the state’s winter Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 17 and 18. This weekend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will waive the regular recreation passport fees and allow residents and out-of-state visitors to fish without a license. This weekend gives anglers the ability to introduce…

Rep. VanSingel invites residents to take part in Free Fishing Weekend

Rep. Scott Vansingel of Grant invites everyone to take part in the state’s winter Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 17 and 18. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering all residents and out-of-state visitors the opportunity to fish license-free over the weekend. This is a great way to introduce people to the sport of…

Rep. Runestad announces scholarship opportunities

Rep. Jim Runestad today announced two scholarship opportunities provided by the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund for students who have participated in livestock and dairy exhibition events. The Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund award is available to youths that have exhibited at the Michigan State Fair, Michigan Livestock Expo, or Michigan Dairy Expo for a…

Rep. Miller announces in-district office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today announced his monthly in-district office hours with local residents, emphasizing the importance of being available to the community. “I enjoy the opportunity to connect with the people and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Miller said. “It is important to me that I am accessible to everyone….

Rep. Cole testifies in support of bill to prioritize asset management for roads

State Rep. Triston Cole this week testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to help determine how to best spend available money on roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Cole’s bill calls for the Transportation Asset Management Council to be moved to the Michigan Infrastructure Council. The goal is…

Rep. Chatfield hosts snowmobile tour in Cheboygan County

Tour included presentations from local groups State Rep. Lee Chatfield led fellow legislators along northern Michigan snowmobile trails over the weekend, beginning and ending in Indian River, with stops in Mackinaw City and Cheboygan on the North Central Trail. The legislators stopped in Cheboygan to hear from the Cheboygan Trailblazers Club and Cheboygan Area Chamber…

Rep. Griffin bill clarifies lease-purchase agreement guidelines for schools

Legislator: Informative measure can now lead to more savings for school districts A bill proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan which clears up language in existing law regarding lease-purchase agreements today was overwhelmingly advanced in a bipartisan vote by the Michigan House. Lease-purchase agreements provide school boards and intermediate school districts with flexibility…

Rep. Victory testifies in support of bill to create the Water Asset Management Council

Legislation brings Michigan one step closer to fixing infrastructure State Rep. Roger Victory today testified before the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his legislation to create a nine-member Water Asset Management Council. The Water Asset Management Council will have nonprofit, public and private members who have expertise in water, sewer, and…

Rep. Glenn continues probe into utility bill problems

Legislator: Many questions remain unanswered   State Rep. Gary Glenn, chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, continued testimony on utility customer complaints, today hearing reports that some energy bills have doubled or tripled in recent months. Glenn (R-Williams Township) has used the past few committee meetings to hear from people concerned about their escalating…