House panel approves measure to protect access to home phone service

The House Energy and Technology Committee today approved legislation to develop a new policy framework for Internet Protocol networks while maintaining people’s access to effective phone service, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. Lauwers voted in favor of Senate Bill 636, which makes it easier for phone companies to invest in more efficient ways of communication…

Rep. Yonker invites residents meet for office hours in December

State Rep. Ken Yonker invites residents to meet with him for office hours in December. The representative will be available to talk to residents about their thoughts and concerns on Monday, Dec. 16 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Mr. Burger located at 1750 44th St. SE in Kentwood. “Monthly office hours allow me to be able…

Howrylak town hall will focus on recognizing and preventing human trafficking

State Rep. Martin Howrylak will host a special town hall providing residents with information to help them recognize and prevent human trafficking in the state of Michigan. The event will be held at 6:30 pm on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Troy Public Library, 510 West Big Beaver Road. The event is free to any…

Capitol Notes: December 2013

Our children are our state’s most valuable resource, and we must do all we can to protect them. For that reason, I introduced House Bill 4867 in June, which redefines “vulnerable victims” for sentencing guideline purposes. The description of this bill sounds complicated, but the idea behind it is much more straightforward. In 2009, an…

Dutch Consulate to remain open in Midwest

Calley, Haveman, Meekhof vital in effort to retain Chicago location  Business leaders and residents of West Michigan communities from Grand Rapids to Zeeland are celebrating the news that the Dutch government has reconsidered its decision to close its Chicago consulate. The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs had announced in June it would close the consulate,…

Price to hold local office hours Dec. 16 in Park Township

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Park Township on Monday, Dec. 16 to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m. Residents are welcome to stop by as their schedules allow…

Heise introduces bill to clean up, sell DeHoCo site in Plymouth Township

State Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, today announced the introduction of House Bill 5179 that will transfer the state-owned Detroit House of Corrections (DeHoCo) prison site in Plymouth Township to the Michigan Land Bank Authority. “It’s time for this eyesore to go. Our residents deserve to see it developed and the state has a duty to make…

House panel supports bill to assist seniors with residence tax exemptions

The House Tax Policy Committee this week approved House Bill 4810 which helps people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to continue to receive principal tax exemption (PRE) on their primary home, announced state Rep. Dave Pagel. HB 4810 revises a section of an existing law to remove the phrase that stated the…

Howrylak addresses Troy National Honor Society inductees

State Rep. Martin Howrylak recently addressed the Troy High School National Honor Society (NHS) at their annual induction ceremony. “The hope and opportunity of our future is readily evident in the youth of our state,” said Howrylak, R-Troy. “I encouraged these bright students to remain upright in character and to humbly accept the reins of…

Rep. Victory encourages residents to meet for office hours

State Rep. Roger Victory, R-Hudsonville, today announced he will be available to meet with constituents for office hours in December. Office hours will take place: Friday, Dec. 20 from 9-10:30 a.m. in Allendale at Murphy’s Restaurant located at 4963 Lake Michigan Dr. Saturday, Dec. 21 from 8-9:30 a.m. in Coopersville at the New Beginnings Restaurant…