MacGregor microbrew bill gets Senate approval

Bill is part of package to expand craft beer industry and now awaits governor’s signature A package of bills allowing the state’s craft beer industry to continue to grow and expand was approved today by the Michigan Senate, announced state Rep. Peter MacGregor. House Bills 4709-4711 raise the cap on the number of barrels that…

Pscholka announces House approval of nuclear facility protection legislation

  State Rep. Al Pscholka announced the House, with overwhelming bipartisan support, approved legislation today providing nuclear plant security officers reasonable and necessary response capabilities to protect plants, employees and the general public from current-day terrorist tactics. “This bill will allow U.S. nuclear plants to remain some of the most secure facilities in the country…

O’Brien legislation to ensure child abuse registry remains accurate

Today Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation to help protect innocent individuals from being included on the central registry for child abuse and neglect, state Rep. Margaret O’Brien announced. “The registry is an internal list used by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to protect vulnerable children from living in an environment of abuse or neglect,”…

Rep. Yonker joins snowmobile trip to honor veterans

State Rep. Ken Yonker and Sen. Tom Caperson took part in the 19th annual Seney Snowmobile Association snowmobile trip to honor veterans. The event took place in the Upper Peninsula near Newberry. “I appreciate the opportunity to join the Seney Snowmobile Association to give thanks to our nation’s military veterans,” said Yonker, R-Caledonia. “The event…

McMillin introduces legislation to ensure homeowners are aware of oil and gas rights

              State Rep. Tom McMillin last week introduced House Bill 5386, which requires an individual who solicits a landowner for the purpose of leasing their oil and gas rights to provide residents with a toll-free phone number to the Department of Environmental Quality(DEQ), where they may obtain information related to oil and gas leasing. “Residents of Rochester…

Forlini, Schuitmaker bills let families, friends treat heroin overdose

Addicts in relapse need support from others Legislation introduced today by state Rep. Anthony Forlini and state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker enables friends and families of recovering drug users to obtain and administer a life-saving drug during an accidental overdose. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, and Schuitmaker, R-Lawson, said that the bills are necessary because drug addicts trying…

Governor signs Poleski measure to name bridge after police officer

Gov. Rick Snyder and Rep. Earl Poleski hold the new law designating the “Officer James Bonneau Memorial Bridge.” Marc and Nancy Bonneau, James’ parents; and Rachael Maloney, James’ fiancé; also are pictured. The governor this afternoon signed legislation to designate the new bridge on West Avenue in Jackson County as the “Officer James Bonneau Memorial Bridge” in honor…

McCready reads to local students during March is Reading Month

State Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, began reading to students of the 40th District last week to celebrate March is Reading Month. “Not only does reading make a difference in our children’s lives today, but it gives them an opportunity to think creatively and prepare for the future,” Rep. McCready said. He first visited Scotch…

Local residents invited to Rep. Genetski’s March coffee hour

Local residents are invited to meet with Rep. Bob Genetski to discuss state and local issues this month at the Otsego District Public Library on Friday March 14. The coffee hour is scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The Otsego Public Library is located at 401 Dix St., in Otsego. “I encourage residents in…

Price to hold local office hours March 17 in Park Township

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Park Township on Monday, March 17 to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m. Residents are welcome to stop by as their schedules allow…

Rep. Victory hosts local office hours in Allendale and Coopersville

State Rep. Roger Victory, announced today he is sponsoring office hours in his district on March 21 and 22. Office hours will take place: Friday, March 21 8-9:30 a.m. at Murphy’s Restaurant in Allendale at 4963 Lake Michigan Drive. Saturday, March 22 8- 9:30 a.m. at Country Café in Coopersville at 259 Main Street. No…