Walsh invites residents to in-district office hours

State Rep. John Walsh is sponsoring office hours in Livonia to allow residents the chance to meet with him locally to discuss state and local issues. Walsh will be available on Friday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Livonia Senior Center, located at 15218 Farmington Road in Livonia. “I look forward to…

Victory announces local office hours for March

State Rep. Roger Victory today announced he is sponsoring office hours in his district on Saturday, March 16. The first session will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Murphy’s Family Restaurant, located at 4963 Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale. The second session will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at New Beginnings…

Pscholka introduces ‘Parental Responsibility Act’

Legislation would suspend welfare benefits to parents of truant children State Rep. Al Pscholka yesterday introduced legislation that would suspend welfare benefits to parents of children who are repeatedly truant. “The primary goal of this bill is to help ensure that children in our state are given every opportunity to have a successful and prosperous…

Potvin introduces bill to permanently remove ridiculous summer camp regulations

State Rep. Phil Potvin has introduced a bill that seeks a permanent solution to the impractical regulation requiring tents at Boy Scout and other youth camps be equipped with smoke detectors.  The bill is House Bill 4408 and will be referred to committee next week. Through the work of Rep. Potvin and other legislators, the…

House approves resolution recognizing the importance of the agriculture industry

The Michigan House has approved a resolution declaring March 20, 2013, as Agriculture Day in the state of Michigan, Rep. Dan Lauwers announced today. House Resolution 45, introduced by Lauwers and given bipartisan support, pointed out that Michigan is a national agriculture leader with more than 200 separate commercially produced commodities. The state is the…

Rep. Yonker announces March 11 office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker is holding office hours to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at Kentwood City Hall, located at 4900 Breton Ave. SE, on Monday, March 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.  Office hours will take place in the city commission chambers. No…

Franz co-sponsors private dredging loan bill

Historic low water levels have moved harbor dredging to the top of Michigan tourism’s priority list for public marinas and ports in the state, and now private facilities could also receive some state assistance to help improve navigable access. Rep. Ray Franz today co-sponsored legislation to create The Marina Dredging Loan Origination Program, a partnership…

Howrylak brings lieutenant governor to Troy to address new tax laws

Local officials on Wednesday learned more about recent changes to Michigan’s personal property tax at a special meeting in Troy with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, announced state Rep. Martin Howrylak. The lawmaker wanted to give local officials the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about this recent reform.  In an effort to spur investment…

Lyons hosting hydraulic fracturing town hall in Ada

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today announced she is hosting a town hall meeting on the concerns relating to hydraulic fracturing in Kent County on Monday, March 18. The town hall meeting will take place at Ada Township Hall, located at 7330 Thornapple River Dr. at 6:30 p.m. “Citizens in Ada Township have expressed concerns…

Stamas sponsors plan to offer veterans in-state tuition at public universities

State Rep. Jim Stamas today introduced a resolution that would require Michigan’s 15 public universities to offer in-state tuition to honorably discharged veterans from around the country. Stamas, chair of the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, and a veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard, introduced House Joint Resolution N as an…