House approves Nesbitt bill to refund money to taxpayers

Nesbitt: Unnecessary regulations and fees should be repealed The Michigan House of Representatives today voted to return money to utility customers that was paid into the Uncollectible Allowance Recovery Fund. House Bill 4937, sponsored by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, chair of the House Energy and Technology Committee, won unanimous approval during the vote. “Unnecessary regulations…

Walsh: Senior Celebration Day tickets are still available

Fun, informative event is Oct. 4   Senior citizens looking for a day filled with entertainment and information should make plans to attend the 19th annual Western Wayne County Senior Celebration Day on Friday, Oct. 4. “There are still tickets available for this fun and informative occasion,” said state Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, who is…

House committee approves bills preserving religious freedom for private adoption agencies

The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee today approved legislation protecting religious freedom under the First Amendment and Michigan Constitution for private adoption agencies. House Bills 4927, 4928, and 4991, sponsored by state Reps. Andrea LaFontaine, Kenneth Kurtz and Tom Leonard, would write into law current practices followed by the Department of Human Services (DHS)…

MacGregor announces grant to conduct joint training for local fire departments

Nelson Township to receive funds State Rep. Peter MacGregor announced Nelson Township will receive a $15,000 state grant to help offset costs associated conducting joint training for three local fire departments. The money is part of $6 million in funding awarded to 17 local units of government throughout the state by the Competitive Grant Assistance…

Rep. Glardon urging Congress to approve National Railroad Memorial designation in Durand

State Rep. Ben Glardon today introduced a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to approve a measure to designate a proposed memorial in Durand as the National Railroad Memorial. U.S. Dave Camp of Midland introduced the measure in the U.S. House.  House Resolution 227, introduced by Glardon, will be sent to congressional leaders and Michigan’s congressional…

Howrylak, Lions Foundation host free eye exams

State Rep. Martin Howrylak and the Lions Foundation are teaming up to give free children’s eye exams through the Project KidSight program on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Fire Station #5 in Troy from 1 to 4 p.m. The eye exams will take place as part of the firehouse’s open house event. “This is a great…

Leonard announces October office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard today announced his regularly scheduled office hours for October, taking place in St. Johns and Ithaca. Office hours will be held: In St. Johns on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. In Ithaca on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Hearthstone Oven…

Rep. Yonker meets with residents Friday

State Rep. Ken Yonker will host office hours in Dorr on Friday. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at A J’s Grill, located at 1830 142nd Ave. in Dorr on Friday, Sept. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the lawmaker during this time. All are welcome to hear a legislative…

Rep. Pscholka to hold in-district office hours

Lawmaker encourages feedback from local residents State Rep. Al Pscholka will host local office hours this month for residents to meet with him and discuss state government issues in St. Joseph. “I enjoy meeting residents and forging new relationships with them,” said Rep. Pscholka.  “I encourage anyone with questions, comments or concerns to please address…

Van Buren County receives grant to implement innovative project

Nesbitt: Collaboration excellent example of best practices State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today announced Van Buren County will receive a state grant to help make local government more effective and efficient for the county and other local municipalities. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said the county will receive $314,629 in Competitive Grant Assistance Program funds from the Michigan Department…

Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, and state law enforcement officers join Gov. Rick Snyder as he signs Public Act 109 of 2013 into law. The legislation is McCready's first bill to become a Michigan statute.

Governor signs McCready bill to fund state’s natural disaster relief

Bill adjusts funding levels for faster emergency response Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Mike McCready that expedites the state emergency response process and ensures local communities receive assistance more quickly during natural disasters. Public Act 109 of 2013 is part of a two-bill package that adjusts statutory…

Graves announces grant to create more efficient local government

Holly 911 services to merge into Oakland County State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced a $21,700 state grant to consolidate the village of Holly 911 emergency service with Oakland County, a merger that will result in more efficient and effective government. The Michigan Department of Treasury today awarded $6 million to 17 local governments through…