Graves survey asks residents about priorities, budget surplus

State Rep. Joseph Graves is asking residents of the 51st House District to let him know their opinions on a variety of important issues via an online survey. Graves, R-Argentine Township, urges people to take the simple online survey, which should take less than five minutes to complete. The questions range from what should be…

Rep. Lauwers hold teletown hall on telephone technology legislation

State Rep. Dan Lauwers held a special teletown hall event for St. Clair County residents on legislation to develop a new policy framework for Internet Protocol networks.  Senate Bill 636 makes it easier for phone companies to invest in more efficient ways of communication that customers actually want. Rep. Lauwers invited Bob Stewart of Frontier Communications to take part in the…

Schmidt introduces legislation promoting safety on the roads during winter conditions

With the winter months creating less than favorable driving conditions, state Rep. Wayne Schmidt is introducing legislation aimed at increasing the safety of all Michigan motorists. “With the number of winter storms we’ve had recently, it’s important for us to make efforts to help create safer driving conditions for all Michigan motorists,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse…

Rep. Somerville announces office hours January

Rep. Pat Somerville will hold office hours in New Boston and Trenton during January as follows: Monday, Jan. 13 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Huron Township Hall 22950 Huron River Drive New Boston Friday, Jan. 24 3 – 4:30 p.m. Trenton City Hall – Commission Room 2800 3rd St. Trenton Residents unable to meet with Rep. Somerville…

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 another local office hours event this month for residents to meet with him and discuss state government issues at a convenient district location. Jan. 20 Big Boy Restaurant 4950 Wilson Ave. SW. Wyoming 3-5 p.m. No appointment is necessary…

Bumstead presents tribute to his father for years of service on Newaygo city council

Newaygo city councilman Wayne Bumstead was recently presented with a tribute for his years of service by his local state representative, who also happens to be his son.  Rep. Jon Bumstead presented the tribute to his father at his last council meeting, marking the end to more than 30 years of dedicated public service. “It’s…

Rep. Graves invites residents to January office hours

Informal meetings slated in Holly and Fenton State Rep. Joseph Graves invites residents to join him for three office hour sessions during January. Graves, R-Argentine Township, plans to meet with constituents at the following locations: · Friday, Jan. 17 at the BitterSweet Cafe, 112 S. Saginaw St. in Holly, from noon to 1 p.m.; ·…

Forlini: Italian Consulate in Detroit will remain open

Business link between countries will stay strong The Italian Consulate in Detroit will remain open and active, continuing the strong link between Italy and the United States that runs through the Motor City, said state Rep. Anthony Forlini. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, sponsored House Resolution 276 in December urging the Italian government to continue its support…

Rep. Jacobsen celebrates a new year by seeking new ideas from constituents

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen, today announced he will host office hours in January to meet with constituents. Office hours will take place: In Lake Orion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at Tim Hortons located at 740 Lapeer Road. “I look forward to starting a new year with new ideas from…

Farrington hosting Senior Brigade event in Sterling Heights

State Rep. Jeff Farrington is hosting a Senior Brigade event on Monday, Jan. 13.  The event, hosted in conjunction with the Michigan Attorney General’s office, will focus on identity theft and how to avoid becoming a victim of this crime. “With advances in technology, criminals are finding new ways to use these advances for illegal…

Capitol Notes: January 2014

The holiday season has passed, bringing with it the end of the 2013 legislative session.  Last year was a very productive one for the Michigan Legislature. For the third year in a row, a balanced budget was passed nearly four months ahead of schedule.  Early budgets are now the “new normal” for Michigan, allowing schools…