House bill protects local conservation programs

Local conservation district boards have been protecting Michigan’s natural resources and farmlands through grassroots programs and professional support for 80 years and legislation introduced by Rep. Peter Pettalia is aimed to keep it that way. The House last week approved House Bill 4132, which remedies a rare technical glitch discovered in Midland County when the…

District receives grant money to eliminate blight

State Rep. Peter Pettalia today announced that several local municipalities have been awarded nearly $75,000 to eliminate blight. In the 106th District, the City of Onaway will receive $14,000, the City of East Tawas will receive $23,000, and Northeast Michigan Affordable Housing will receive $36,750. “Tough economic times coupled with questionable foreclosures have left many…

Price hosts district office hours in Hudsonville

State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, will continue the practice of scheduling open office hours for local residents to discuss questions or concerns they have with state government and receive updates about what is happening in Lansing. Office hours are regularly scheduled throughout the district at various locations. On Monday, March 4, Price will be…

Rep. Yonker announces March 1 office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker is sponsoring office hours to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at AJ’s Grill and Cocktailz Bar, located at 1830 142nd Ave. in Dorr, on Friday, March 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the…

Rep. VerHeulen announces March office hours

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, is sponsoring office hours in March to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. No appointment is necessary to talk with Rep. VerHeulen during this time. All are welcome to hear a legislative update and discuss topics of interest or concern. Upcoming office hours are…

Reps. Goike, LaFontaine to host community blood drive March 11

State Reps. Ken Goike and Andrea LaFontaine will host a community blood drive in collaboration with the Richmond EMS on Monday, March 11. The event will be open from 3 to 8:45 p.m., and donations will be taken on a walk-in basis, not by appointment.  The Richmond EMS is located at 34505 32 Mile Road…

Rep. Kelly: ‘Airport of the Year’ designation is great news for Great Lakes Bay Region

State Rep. Tim Kelly today commended the decision by the Michigan Department of Transportation to name MBS International Airport in Freeland as Michigan Airport of the Year, saying the designation will raise public awareness about the airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal. The award salutes the airport’s new $55 million terminal that opened in October 2012, nearly…

Rep. Kelly: ‘Airport of the Year’ designation is great news for Great Lakes Bay Region

State Rep. Tim Kelly today commended the decision by the Michigan Department of Transportation to name MBS International Airport in Freeland as Michigan Airport of the Year, saying the designation will raise public awareness about the airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal. The award salutes the airport’s new $55 million terminal that opened in October 2012, nearly…

Rep. Kelly plans to visit local classrooms in March

State Rep. Tim Kelly is encouraging parents and caregivers to read to their children in honor of March is Reading Month. “I look forward to reading to area students, and hope I can encourage them to develop a lifetime interest in books,” said Kelly, R-Saginaw Township.  “Reading is so important for cognitive development.  It can…

Foster named to job development board

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, has been appointed to serve on the Michigan Talent Investment Board by House Speaker Jase Bolger for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014. The 47-member board advises and assists Gov. Rick Snyder with oversight and recommendations regarding compliance with the federal Workforce Investment Act and overall talent development in the…

McMillin bill allows opt-out of smart meters

Lawmaker: Measure focuses on privacy, health issues State Rep. Tom McMillin today introduced a bill that enables residents to opt out of installation of so-called “smart meters” from their homes if they believe installation will threaten their privacy or health. The bill follows a Monday opinion by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette that DTE customers…

McMillin disappointed Taylor officials declined invitation to address committee

Lawmaker wants to hear benefits of 10-year plan State Rep. Tom McMillin, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said today he is disappointed that Taylor School District officials declined an invitation to appear before the committee to testify about the benefits of a 10-year union security plan with school employees. McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, invited school…