Schools given more flexibility for snow days under school aid budget

Public schools will be given more flexibility to make up missed snow days under the School Aid Supplemental recently approved by the Michigan House, announced state Rep. Dale Zorn. House Bill 4295 addresses the high amount of snow days during 2013-14 by giving schools with 180 days on their calendar additional snow day relief, provided…

MacGregor invites local pastor to deliver House invocation

Rep. Peter MacGregor, back left, bows his head as Craig Owens, pastor of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Cedar Springs, delivers the invocation to the state House of Representatives before today’s legislative session at the Michigan Capitol.

Nesbitt reaches out to residents during telephone town hall

Discussion touches on variety of important issues More than 400 residents interacted with state Rep. Aric Nesbitt and discussed a variety of issues important to the 66th House District during an hour-long telephone town hall on Wednesday. Citizens listened in and asked questions about issues important to Southwest Michigan families. Among the topics discussed was…

House passes legislation to reform adoption process for Michigan families

The House today approved a package of bills to remove barriers from Michigan’s adoption process, announced state Rep. Margaret O’Brien. House Bill 4647 allows judges to approve adoptions for children under the age of 1 year old after three months of supervision. Current law requires a six month supervision period before an adoption is considered…

Bumstead bill names portion of U.S. 10 after late Lake County Sheriff Robert Radden

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, passed the House today designating Highway U.S. 10 in Lake County as the “Sheriff Robert Radden Memorial Highway.” The former Lake County sheriff served four years before passing away in the line of duty nearly 45 years ago. “Local law enforcement risk their lives to protect us,…

Pscholka announces over $2M in funding for local stormwater and wastewater infrastructure projects

State Rep. Al Pscholka today announced Benton Harbor and Stevensville will receive over a combined $2 million to help improve and maintain local stormwater and wastewater management infrastructure. The funds were made available through Michigan’s Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater which is the product of legislation originally sponsored by Pscholka. In 2012 he introduced, House…

House sends Shirkey adoption bill to governor for signature

The Michigan House today approved legislation to reform the state’s current adoption consent process. House Bill 4646, sponsored by state Rep. Mike Shirkey, is part of a legislative package that will allow for smoother adoption processes and increases the chances that a Michigan family will be able to adopt a Michigan child. “This legislation eases…

Budget proposal protects water quality, creates recycling initiatives

Ensuring the preservation and protection of the state’s water supply was a key component of the 2015 Environmental Quality budget approved today by a House Appropriations Subcommittee, announced state Rep. Eileen Kowall. The budget proposal includes funding for water quality and use initiatives and better access to recycling, highlighted by $4 million in general funds…

Local and county roads benefit from emergency road funding

 Jenkins: Funds will relieve stress from local budgets Lenawee County and other local municipalities facing road budget shortfalls will get some much-needed help after the Legislature recently approved $100 million in emergency road funds, announced state Rep. Nancy Jenkins. The money targets potholes and other needed repairs caused by the weather, with $446,000 dedicated to…

Rep. Jacobsen invites residents to join him in Lake Orion for office hours

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen, today announced he will host office hours in April to meet with constituents. Office hours will take place: On Wednesday, April 2 at Crates Coffee House located at 1472 S. Lapeer Road. in Lake Orion from noon – 1 p.m. Office hours are open to all residents, no appointment is needed….

Schmidt applauds House passage of Natural Resources Trust Fund appropriations

Millions to benefit northern Michigan The Michigan House today passed a bill appropriating nearly $4.4 million to Grand Traverse parks projects with the support of state Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City. Specific projects that will be funded through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for acquisition and development include the Boardman Valley Nature Preserve Acquisition,…

Graves to host April office hours in Holly and Linden

State Rep. Joseph Graves will meet with residents during two April office hours scheduled in the 51st House District. Graves, R-Argentine Township, will meet with citizens at the following locations: • Saturday, April 26 at Holly Doughnut Shop, 421 N. Saginaw St. in Holly, from 10 to 11 a.m.; and • Monday, April 28 at…