Rep. Kelly’s legislation to decriminalize ticket resale passes House

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Tim Kelly that would legalize the practice of reselling concert and event tickets for more or less than their original cost passed in the Michigan House with a vote of 70-40. House Bill 4015 repeals an outdated 1931 law so people can resell their tickets to sporting events, concerts and other…

Rep. Sheppard: development grant will help renovate downtown Milan

Local renovation project to revitalize 56th District community The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) last week announced an $873,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Community Revitalization Program to help renovate four partially vacant and historic buildings in downtown Milan. “It comes as no surprise that businesses and people are looking to invest in our unique…

Rep. Miller invites residents to in-district office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller today said he rescheduled April office hours in Dowagiac. Rep. Miller, R-Sturgis, said he will meet with residents on Friday, April 24, at Zeke’s, located at 109 S. Front St. The informal meeting will run from 1 p.m. The office hours originally scheduled for April 17 were canceled because of a death…

Rep. Lauwers welcomes agriculture industry to Capitol

Ag committee chair puts focus on producers   State Rep. Dan Lauwers, chair of the House Committee on Agriculture, today welcomed representatives of the Michigan agriculture industry to Lansing during Ag Day at the state Capitol. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, touted the diversity of agriculture in Michigan during the day-long appreciation for the industry, including…

Rep. Glenn hosts Midland think tank in Capitol

 Mackinac Center staff presents overview to House lawmakers About a dozen-and-a-half state House lawmakers attended an informal presentation from the Midland-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy in the state Capitol on March 19, hosted by Rep. Gary Glenn. “I’m very familiar with the Mackinac Center and its staff, having worked with them on free-market issues…

Michigan Sugar Queen, Rep. Glenn visit during Capitol Agriculture Day

Isabella Krolikowski, 19, of Midland, Miss Michigan Sugar Queen 2014, visited with Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, during her recent visit to the state Capitol in Lansing for 2015 Agriculture Day. Krolikowski, daughter of Manny and Shannon Krolikowski of Midland and a graduate of Bullock Creek High School, works as an administrative assistant at Dow Chemical…

Rep. Johnson seeks to eliminate lame duck

Lawmaker believes wrap-up sessions hinder thoughtful legislative process State Rep. Joel Johnson today will introduce legislation that asks Michigan citizens to do away with the Legislature’s lame duck sessions, the time between an election and the start of a new term. “I believe that lame duck sessions can at times result in sloppy and rushed…

Rep. Vaupel invites residents to his April coffee hours

State Rep. Hank Vaupel is holding coffee hours at three locations throughout the district on Thursday, April 9. All residents are invited to attend and no appointment is necessary. The coffee hours will be held at the following times and locations: Kahuna Coffee, 1836 Old US Hwy 23 in Hartland Twp., from 9 to 10…