West Shore students speak up during Senate subcommittee visit

A group of West Shore Community College students took the opportunity to talk directly with state lawmakers when the Michigan Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Colleges hosted a local meeting on campus in Scottsville, March 17. Pictured, from left: Sen. Glenn Anderson; Rep. Ray Franz; students Jamie Dorman, Emily McKenna, Guy Smith, Emma Plummer, Karla…

Legislation introduced to help recovering addicts in Michigan

State Rep. Hugh Crawford introduced a bill that will ensure paramedics have the tools they need when responding to an overdose call. The bill is a part of a package of legislation enables friends and families of recovering drug users to obtain and administer a life-saving drug during an accidental overdose. Crawford, R-Novi said, that…

Lori: St. Joseph, Cass counties benefit from emergency road funding

Lawmaker says funds will relieve stress from local budgets State Rep. Matt Lori today said county government and municipalities facing road budget shortfalls in St. Joseph and Cass counties will get some much needed help after the Legislature approved $215 million in supplemental road funding. Lori, R-Constantine, said $100 million of the emergency funds will…

Local motorists to benefit from emergency road funding

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today announced that motorists throughout the cities of Walker, Grandville, Rockford, Cedar Springs, Kent City and Sparta will benefit from more than $235,000 in additional state funding that will be allocated directly to the area thanks to action by the state Legislature on Wednesday. The Legislature approved a budget supplemental that…

Pscholka, Pagel vote to supplement road funding to help with harsh winter effects

Lawmakers voted to use additional funds to help with winter repairs   State Reps. Al Pscholka and Dave Pagel voted in the state House this week to approve an additional $215 million in emergency supplemental funding to help local communities repair roads after the harsh effects of the brutal winter weather. “Communities across the state…

Graves says emergency road funds will benefit local governments

Lawmaker says potholes will be major problem State Rep. Joseph Graves today said legislative approval of $215 million in road funding, including $100 million for emergency pothole repair and spring maintenance, is the first step in finding a long-term solution to Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges. The House and Senate on Wednesday approved the emergency…

St. Clair County motorists to benefit from emergency road funding – Lauwers

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today announced that motorists throughout St. Clair County will benefit from almost $1 million in additional state funding that will be allocated directly to the area thanks to action by the state Legislature on Wednesday. The Legislature approved a budget supplemental that includes $215 million statewide for roads, including $115 million…

Pagel, Pscholka vote to supplement road funding to help with harsh winter effects

Lawmakers voted to use additional funds to help with communities winter repairs State Representatives Dave Pagel and Al Pscholka voted in the state House this week to approve an additional $215 million in emergency supplemental funding to help local communities repair roads after the harsh effects of the brutal winter weather. “We all want to…

House approves Jenkins bill protecting privacy of gun owners

Law enforcement still able to access records The Michigan House today approved a series of six bills protecting the privacy of firearm owners under the Freedom of Information Act. House Bills 4155 and 5324-5328 restrict access to firearm records to police and other law-enforcement personnel for certain law-enforcement purposes. State Rep. Nancy Jenkins, who authored…

Leonard invites local pastor to deliver House invocation

Rep. Tom Leonard, right, stands with Richard Jolliff, pastor of Amazing Grace Church in Wheeler, and House Speaker Jase Bolger at the rostrum on the floor of the state House of Representatives. Leonard invited Jolliff to the Michigan Capitol to deliver the invocation before today’s legislative session. ###

Rep. Hooker to host in-district office hours

Lawmaker looks forward to meeting with local residents State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, will host local office hours this month for residents to meet with him and discuss state government issues at a convenient district location. “Office hours are a great chance to meet with local residents and listen to them about the issues…