Franz awarded Farm Bureau’s highest honor

State Rep. Ray Franz has been recognized by the Michigan Farm Bureau with the organization’s top award for state legislators, The Silver Plow Award. The award is given for leadership roles in enacting legislation of significant benefit to agriculture. In 2012, Franz’ bill became Public Act 193 of 2012, which made low-interest loans available to…

McMillin bill seeks to avert federal takeover of school curriculum

Lawmaker: Control should rest with state, locals State Rep. Tom McMillin today introduced legislation that prevents the federal government from imposing federal standards, curriculum and testing on local schools, all of which constitute unfunded – and mostly undefined – mandates. House Bill 4276 removes the state from participation in the Common Core State Standards Initiative,…

Farrington hosts local office hours in Sterling Heights

State Rep. Jeff Farrington today announced upcoming in-district office hours for the month of March. “I look forward to the chance to meet with constituents face-to-face to discuss state issues that they are interested in or feel strongly about,” said Farrington, R-Utica.  “Their feedback is critically important to me in my role as state representative.”…

MacGregor appointed to regional health panel

State Rep. Peter MacGregor has been appointed to serve on a key regional committee that will discuss health and human service issues for the Midwestern region by House Speaker Jase Bolger. The Health and Human Services Committee is a part of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments, an organization that provides…

Price urges caution on president’s early childhood ed plans

A federal proposal to expand early childhood education unveiled by President Barack Obama during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address will have to be carefully considered before it gains traction in Michigan. State Rep. Amanda Price, an ardent advocate of early childhood education, said speech rhetoric usually sounds good at first listen, but the…

Rep. Price appointed to regional leadership committee

State Rep. Amanda Price has been appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to serve on a key bipartisan regional committee that oversees leadership training for Midwest legislators. The Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development Steering Committee (BILLD) is part of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments, which is an organization that…

Johnson appointed to Council of State Governments

State Rep. Joel Johnson this week was appointed to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee of the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments by House Speaker Jase Bolger. “I’m excited to represent our state on agriculture and natural resources issues,” said Johnson, R-Clare. “I’m also looking forward to receiving input from other…

Kesto seeks local input on roads and bridges

Survey available until March 15 State Rep. Klint Kesto today announced he is seeking input from the residents of Commerce and West Bloomfield townships, Wolverine Lake and Wixom regarding the state’s road system and how to fix it. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, has created a survey that is available on his website until March 15.  He…

Southwest Michigan harbors scheduled for $1.5 million in emergency dredging

LANSING—State Rep. Al Pscholka and state Sen. John Proos are pleased that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Emergency Dredging Plan includes a proposed $105,000 for the St. Joseph West Basin Marina harbor, $1 million for the New Buffalo Municipal Marina and $436,050 for the South Haven Municipal Marina. The DNR 2013 Emergency Dredging…

Rep. Rogers appointed to regional education committee

State Rep. Bill Rogers was appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to serve on a key bipartisan regional committee that will provide a forum for the regional consideration of critical education-related topics. The Education Committee is a new addition this year to the Midwestern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments, which is an…