Michigan Association of Counties recognizes Rep. Schmidt as county advocate

The Michigan Association of Counties today presented Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, with the MAC County Advocate Award at its 2014 legislative conference in Lansing. Schmidt was the only House member to win the annual award, which honors legislators who have shown strong support for county interests. Rep. Schmidt was elected to the House of Representatives…

Rep. Price helps honor Spring Lake Township

Spring Lake designated Township of Excellence by MTA State Rep. Amanda Price, center right, presents a tribute to Supervisor John Nash commemorating Spring Lake Township’s MTA Township of Excellence designation. State Rep. Amanda Price joined Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Sen. Arlan Meekhof and the Michigan Townships Association (MTA) in honoring Spring Lake Township today as…

Local residents invited to attend Leonard’s April office hours

Local residents with questions or concerns regarding state or local government are invited to join state Rep. Tom Leonard during his regularly scheduled office hours, taking place in St. Johns and Ithaca in April. Office hours will be held: In St. Johns on Friday, April 11 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from…

Rep. Lauwers votes to protect essential community services, funding to classrooms during historic PPT phase-out

The Michigan House today approved legislation to make sure schools and local communities don’t lose essential revenue during the historic phase-out of the job-killing personal property tax, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. Senate Bills 821-830, approved with overwhelming bipartisan support, ensure 100-percent reimbursement to local schools and municipalities during the phase-out period. “The PPT has…

VerHeulen hears surplus investment ideas from local middle school students

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen recently took the opportunity to meet with middle school students from Walker Charter Academy to hear their perspective on how Michigan could invest the state budget surplus. “I was honored to be invited to the classroom to learn about the hard work the students put forth in researching several options to…

Grand Traverse County state forest campground back by popular demand

The Forks State Forest Campground in Grand Traverse County is slated to reopen this year, and state Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, said it’s a good step for northern Michigan. “Reopening parks in our state is just one small sign of our economic comeback,” Schmidt said. “I’m glad families in our community and visitors to…

House approves Shirkey FOIA bill

The House this week approved legislation to improve Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. House Bill 4001, sponsored by state Rep. Mike Shirkey, amends current law to establish a more uniform structure for fees, clarify procedures for public bodies and update penalties. “FOIA requests are a great tool citizens can use to ensure government is…

Snyder signs Pagel bill into law assisting seniors with residence tax exemptions

Gov. Rick Snyder yesterday signed legislation into law allowing people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to continue receiving a principal tax exemption (PRE) on their primary home, announced state Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township. “Ultimately, this new law makes it easier for seniors to be able to move back into a home…

Somerville supports balanced budget resolution

Lawmaker believes Congress should live within its means State Rep. Pat Somerville today announced his support for the Michigan Legislature’s approval of a joint resolution petitioning Congress to invoke the Fifth Amendment Convention of States in order to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “Everyone knows that congressional spending is out of…

Schmidt reminds residents of available heating assistance, protection

State Rep. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, wants to remind 104th District residents that heating assistance is available to eligible families through programs designed to protect residents from heat shut off and lessen financial burdens. “Thanks to legislation I helped pass a few years ago, there are programs in place to protect northern Michigan families from…

Nesbitt hails House passage of balanced budget resolution

Congress should have to live within a budget State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today applauded the Michigan Legislature’s approval of a joint resolution petitioning Congress to call a Convention of States to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, joined his colleagues in the House and Senate in voting for Senate Joint…

McMillin introduces the Fourth Amendment Rights Protection Act

Bill pushes back on federal collection of personal data This week, state Rep. Tom McMillin, (R-Rochester Hills), introduced House Bill 5420 to safeguard Michigan residents Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against unreasonable search and seizure without a warrant. The bill ensures state agencies, and those working for the state, are prohibited from aiding the federal…