Lauwers introduces measures to urge Great Lakes states to adhere to federal ballast standards

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today introduced resolutions urging Great Lakes states and nearby Canadian provinces to adopt ballast water standards equivalent to U.S. federal requirements in order to help protect the environment and provide uniform guidelines throughout the region. The U.S. government recently established strong ballast water standards to prevent the introduction of invasive aquatic…

Leonard applauds Gov. Snyder for declaring ‘state of disaster’ for flooded communities

State Rep. Tom Leonard today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for declaring a state of disaster related to Gratiot County communities that have been hard-hit with recent flooding. “Over the past month, areas across the state have been hard-hit with rain and flooding,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt. “Serious damage has resulted from the rains throughout Gratiot County…

Rep. Nesbitt welcomes Blossomtime pageant court to Capitol building

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today welcomed the Blossomtime Festival court, a collection of pageant winners, from Southwest Michigan, to the state Capitol. The pageant winners, including Miss Blossomtime Katlynn Kennedy and Mr. Blossomtime Jalen Holmes, spent the day visiting at the Capitol and were introduced in the Michigan House chambers. “Blossomtime is a wonderful celebration…

Rep. Graves legislation seeks to ensure safety in Michigan schools

State Rep. Joseph Graves today introduced legislation to increase safety in Michigan schools and increase accountability between parents and school districts. House Bill 4713 would require school districts to post documentation on their websites showing completed safety drills. The documentation must be posted within five business days after a drill occurs, and remain posted for…

House panel OKs Lori bill allowing rifles for southern deer hunting

Special ammunition would ease public safety risk The House Tourism Committee today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Matt Lori that allows limited use of rifles for deer hunting in an area now limited to shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols. House Bill 4283 would allow the use of a straight-walled pistol cartridge in rifles that…

McMillin plans in-district office hours

State Rep. Tom McMillin has announced upcoming in-district office hours for the month of May. The lawmaker will be at Rochester Hills City Hall on Monday, May 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. to meet with residents and discuss state and local issues of interest. City hall is located at 1000 Rochester Hills Drive. No…

Heise announces May district office hours

State Rep. Kurt Heise invites local residents to meet with him to share their perspectives and ask questions. District office hours will be hosted on Monday, May 13 at locations in Canton and Northville at the following locations and times: 10 to 11 a.m., Parthenon Coney Island, 39910 Ford Road (east of I-275), Canton; 12…

Southwest Michigan lawmakers welcome Blossomtime Tour

State Reps. Dave Pagel and Al Pscholka and state Sens. John Proos and Tonya Schuitmaker welcomed the Blossomtime Court, a collection of Southwestern Michigan pageant winners who visited Lansing to tour the state Capitol. The pageant royalty, including Miss Blossomtime Katlynn Kennedy of Buchanan and Mr. Blossomtime Jalen Holmes of St. Joseph, spent the day…

Southwest Michigan lawmakers welcome Blossomtime Tour

State Reps. Dave Pagel and Al Pscholka and state Sens. John Proos and Tonya Schuitmaker welcomed the Blossomtime Court, a collection of Southwestern Michigan pageant winners who visited Lansing to tour the state Capitol. The pageant royalty, including Miss Blossomtime Katlynn Kennedy of Buchanan and Mr. Blossomtime Jalen Holmes of St. Joseph, spent the day…

Lori bills to keep boaters safe clear House committee

Measure to fund Crime Stoppers also approved A package of bills to keep boaters, snowmobilers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts safer were approved today by the House Criminal Justice Committee. Another bill that funds Crime Stoppers, sponsored by state Rep. Matt Lori, also was approved by the panel and sent to the House for a vote….

Muxlow announces May office hours

State Rep. Paul Muxlow today announced he will host office hours this month in Port Huron. Muxlow invites residents to meet with him to discuss any state or local issues. The open meeting will be held at the following location and time: Friday, May 24 11 a.m.- Noon Blue Water Chamber of Commerce 512 McMorran…

Bumstead applauds Gov. Snyder for declaring state of disaster to deal with local flooding

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for declaring a state of disaster relating to recent flooding throughout the state, including in Newaygo County. “Over the past month, our area has been hit hard with heavy rain leaving us with severe flooding,” Bumstead said. “The flooding has caused serious damage throughout Newaygo County…