Rep. Victory invites residents to join him for office hours

State Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, invites constituents to join him for office hours to discuss issues of interest or concern. Office hours will take place: Friday, Feb. 21 9-10:30 a.m. at Murphy’s Restaurant in Allendale at 4963 Lake Michigan Drive. 11 a.m.-noon at Big Apple Bagels in Jenison at 306 Baldwin Street Saturday, Feb. 22…

House approves Outman bill allowing enhanced oil recovery

Legislative package now goes to Senate The Michigan House today approved a four-bill package that will enable Michigan to become more energy independent while reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere, said state Rep. Rick Outman. Outman, R-Six Lakes, is sponsor of House Bill 5254, one of the measures that allow…

Nesbitt bill increasing Michigan energy production earns strong House approval

Lawmaker: Measure helps economy, environment The Michigan House today gave strong bipartisan approval to a four-bill package that will permit Michigan’s oil and gas industry to expand while cutting down the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air, said state Rep. Aric Nesbitt. The House voted 85-25 in favor of House Bill 4885, as…

McCready introduces trio of bills based on local recommendations

Lawmaker: Bills are common-sense fixes to help homeowners State Rep. Mike McCready today introduced three bills to help homeowners and ensure local governing bodies are working more effectively and efficiently. House Bill 5319 adds language to the Michigan Condominium Act to require individuals running for a condo board to certify they are familiar with the…

Jenkins welcomes local pastor to give invocation on House floor

Rep. Nancy Jenkins joins Speaker Jase Bolger, left, and Pastor Ken Nichols at the podium on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives. Nichols, the pastor of Rollin Friends Church in Addison, was invited by Rep. Jenkins to give the invocation prior to the beginning of today’s legislative session. ###

Leonard introduces measure to update campaign finance laws

Gubernatorial candidates without an opponent would be unable to use taxpayer funds in an uncontested primary election under legislation introduced today by state Rep. Tom Leonard. “Almost 40 years ago, Michigan established a way for gubernatorial candidates to receive taxpayer funding to aid their campaigns in an effort to level the playing field for everyone,”…

Van Buren Youth Fair receives state grant to upgrade display barns

Rep. Nesbitt says youth will benefit from upgrades State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today said the Van Buren Youth Fair will receive a state grant to help fund continued upgrades and repairs to small animal display barns. The county is participating in the County Fairs Capital Improvement Program, which provides Michigan’s county fairs with funds for…

State grants allow for improvements to Berrien County fairgrounds

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced the Berrien County Youth Fair Association will receive a $13,841 state grant for the second phase of the Re-Light Project. The project will upgrade old, less energy-efficient lamps for lamps that are less costly. The county is receiving the grant due to its participation in the County Fairs Capital…

Lori: Low-income families can get help with heating costs

Bitter winter can put strain on households Because of the particularly cold winter this year and the high cost of heating fuels, Michigan families and individuals may be facing daunting home heating expenses. The cost of heating a house or apartment is especially detrimental to low-income working families, who may be forced to forego other…

Rep. Kesto hosts presentation on prescription safety at senior center

State Rep. Klint Kesto invites residents to attend a presentation on prescription safety on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Ralph Richardson Community Senior Center in Commerce Township. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, will be joined by Paul Shallal of CET Pharmacy, who will offer blood sugar and blood pressure screenings for those in attendance. “It’s very important…

College credit for military training considered

House panel takes testimony on Rep. Rendon measure Legislation requiring Michigan community colleges to inform applicants who have served in the military that they may be eligible for class credit based on training gained while in the service was reviewed today by the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. State Rep. Bruce Rendon, sponsor of…