Local lawmaker makes reading visit to Auburn school

Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, read to fourth grade students at Auburn Elementary School recently as part of March Reading Month, so designated in honor of the March 2 birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, who under the pen name “Dr. Seuss” authored 46 children’s books.  Rep. Glenn read “Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose” by Dr. Seuss to four classes —…

Local Ducks Unlimited recognized for preservation work

Area lawmakers joined several hundred sporting enthusiasts March 27 for the 40th anniversary banquet of the Saginaw Valley chapter of Ducks Unlimited, held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pinconning. The group is dedicated to preserving waterfowl habitat and protecting hunting rights in Michigan and across the nation. State Reps. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, and Joel Johnson, R-Clare, and…

Bill providing immunity to food donors and charities approved by House

The House approved legislation that would add a layer of protection for those wanting to donate food and for the charities receiving the food. State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, introduced House Bill 4017 which provides immunity from civil and criminal liability to individuals and organizations that donate food to a non-profit organization and to non-profit…

House approves bill easing licensing requirements for qualified veterans

More veterans would be able to use their military experience toward the licensing requirements for certain occupations under a bill recently approved by the Michigan House, according to state Rep. John Bizon. House Bill 4134 will allow military experience to count toward the experience requirement necessary to be a licensed boiler installer, repairer or inspector….

Rep. Hughes bill providing college credit for military service advances to Michigan Senate

Bi-partisan legislation sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, providing men and women who honorably and heroically served their nation in uniform with university credit for their military experience, unanimously passed the Michigan House of Representatives Thursday. House Bill 4060 would require Michigan’s public universities to inform veterans who apply to attend the school that…

Rep. Brad Jacobsen leads House in overhauling outdated speed limit laws

State Representative Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, along with Reps. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, John Kivela, D-Marquette, and Charles Smiley, D-Burton, introduced legislation today to reform Michigan’s speed limits and other related traffic laws. The five-bill package implements sweeping legislative changes to the Michigan Vehicle Code. “These bills address a number of technical changes to keep our…

Rep. Iden resolution supports Junior Achievement, financial literacy

A House resolution introduced by state Rep. Brandt Iden to promote solid financial habits while recognizing the work of a southwest Michigan nonprofit was adopted by the Michigan House today. House Resolution 46 names April as Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Month in Michigan, recognizes the importance of Junior Achievement, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization, and encourages…

Rep. Runestad introduces joint resolution to protect privacy on electronic devices

State Rep. Jim Runestad today introduced a joint resolution to help protect individual privacy in Michigan by requiring a search warrant to access a person’s electronic data or communications. “The state constitution has not been updated to reflect the increasing use and presence of technology in our everyday lives and it is important that the…

House approves Barrett veterans bill to benefit boiler specialists

Measure gives licensing credit for military training   The Michigan House today unanimously approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Tom Barrett to include military training and experience to fulfill licensing requirements for veterans who are seeking to obtain a state permit in boiler occupations. Rep. Barrett, R-Potterville, chair of the House Committee on Military…

Rep. Lauwers applauds passage of measure to help feed needy

More donations will result in less food waste   State Rep. Dan Lauwers today hailed House passage of legislation that protects farmers, food processors and grocery stores that donate food to nonprofit organizations to feed the needy from frivolous lawsuits. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, said House Bill 4017 will help feed the 22 percent of…

State House approves Nesbitt bill helping Michigan drivers to avoid tickets, fines

Michigan residents who are pulled over while driving will have a chance at avoiding tickets and resulting fines, thanks to a bill authored by Rep. Aric Nesbitt and approved today in the state House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. HB 4193 will allow motorists to provide proof of insurance electronically during traffic stops. More than half of states currently allow this practice,…