Lori, Pagel announce grants to improve efficiency in local government

St. Joseph, Cass counties and Oronoko Township receive funds State Reps. Matt Lori and Dave Pagel today announced both Oronoko Township and Cass County have been awarded grants to help offset costs associated with consolidating some services. The money is part of $6 million in funding through the Competitive Grant Assistance Program awarded to 17…

Leonard named to list of top rising conservative leaders

The American Conservative Union recently named state Rep. Tom Leonard to its top “10 under 40” list of promising young conservative leaders. This is the second year in a row that a Michigan legislator has been named to the ACU’s list. Last year, Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, was also tapped as a rising conservative…

Rep. Shirkey hosting radon awareness events in Eaton County

State Rep. Mike Shirkey is sponsoring radon awareness town hall events on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10 in Eaton County to give local residents the chance to learn more about the health risks associated with elevated indoor radon levels and ways to protect themselves and their families. The town halls take place on the second…

Rep. Glardon welcomes Miss America 2011 to state Capitol

State Rep. Ben Glardon on Thursday welcomed 2011 Miss America Teresa Scanlan to the House floor in celebration of Constitution Week.  Glardon helped sponsor a meet and greet for the former Miss America at the state Capitol.  Later in the week, Scanlan will travel to Shiawassee County to speak with students at various local schools…

Identity theft, scams on agenda for local meetings

Rep. Pettalia brings attorney general programs to Harrisville, Rogers City State Rep. Peter Pettalia will host a pair of meetings with the state attorney general’s office on Oct. 4 to provide information that can help protect residents, especially senior citizens, from fraud. The events will cover identity theft and scams perpetrated by telephone, traditional mail…

Nesbitt applauds House passage of mental health court bills

Lawmaker: Courts will help people get treatment State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today voted in favor of a legislative package that will allow for more mental health courts in Michigan and provide people with mental health issues the treatment they need. House Bills 4694, 4695, 4696 and 4697 create additional mental health courts throughout the state…

Rep. Kowall reminds residents of home heating credit application deadline

State Rep. Eileen Kowall today is reminding residents that the deadline to apply for home heating credits in Michigan is Sept. 30. The home heating credit assists low-income residents and qualifying senior citizens with their winter energy bills. Eligible customers must have their homestead in Michigan and own or rent the home in which they…

Michigan House approves legislation to allow counties to create mental health courts

Offenders with mental illnesses could get needed treatment without incarceration under legislation overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House today that will save taxpayer dollars and give participants hope for a better future. State Rep. Margaret O’Brien is helping sponsor House Bills 4694-97, which statutorily create mental health courts throughout Michigan.  O’Brien, who authored HB 4697,…

Rendon, Lions Foundation host free eye exams

State Rep. Bruce Rendon and the Lions Foundation are teaming up to offer free eye exams to all children through Project KidSight on Oct. 4 at the Lake City Head Start facility from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. “Undetected eye sight issues can affect learning abilities in young children, putting them unnecessarily behind in their development,”…

Walsh applauds House approval of mental health courts legislation

More mental health courts could be established in Michigan under legislation overwhelmingly approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives. House Bill 4696, sponsored by state Rep. John Walsh, is part of a package of bills to statutorily create mental health courts in Michigan and layout a blueprint for the programs.  Walsh said the legislation…

Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas (right) appears with Rep. David Knezek before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Stamas gave testimony in support of House Joint Resolution N, which would reaffirm in-state tuition for veterans at Michigan public universities.

Stamas voices support for House Joint Resolutions M and N

Lawmaker: Measure will affirm our state’s support of our veterans  Majority Floor Leader Jim Stamas appeared before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today to speak in support of House Joint Resolution N, which he authored. The resolution proposes an amendment to the Michigan Constitution to reaffirm current policy that gives veterans access to…

Sept. 20 declared POW/MIA day in Michigan

House approves Franz resolution to mark recognition  The state of Michigan today paid tribute to the 83,467 Americans listed as prisoners of war or missing in action since World War II through a House resolution offered by state Rep. Ray Franz. House Resolution 125 was unanimously approved and sets Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 as POW/MIA…