Franz fights for military firefighters

Legislation introduced to waive Michigan occupational license  Military veterans who have completed firefighter training while serving in the armed forces could qualify for Michigan’s licensing certification requirements under legislation introduced today by state Rep. Ray Franz, a ranking member on the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. House Bill 4731 will allow the state fire…

Gov. Snyder signs Jenkins bill eliminating hassles for veterans

Veterans will now be able to get a special designation signifying their veteran status on their Michigan driver’s license, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today. House Bill 4037, now Public Act 27 of 2013, sponsored by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins allows veterans to show verification of military service once at the Secretary…

Goike legislation to limit unnecessary regulations approved by state House

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ken Goike that would limit state agencies from adopting burdensome regulations. House Bill 4242 would require a state agency submitting a request for rulemaking to demonstrate that the proposed rule is necessary and suitable to achieve its purpose. “As a small business owner,…

House panel approves legislation to honor slain Jackson police officer

  A Michigan House committee this morning unanimously approved legislation to designate the new bridge on West Avenue in Jackson County as the “Officer James Bonneau Memorial Bridge” in honor of the Jackson police officer killed in the line of duty in 2010. Bonneau’s parents, Mark and Amy Bonneau, testified before the committee and thanked…

Genetski measure protects school funding if mascot changes become necessary

Saugatuck funding in jeopardy from state department  Michigan public schools required to change their Native American imagery mascots due to a complaint by a state department earlier this year would not have to pay for any costs incurred in the change under legislation introduced today by Rep. Bob Genetski. House Bill 4734 earmarks $3 million…

Lauwers unveils measure to save schools funding if mascot complaint is successful

Michigan public schools that may be required to change mascots due to a state department complaint against Native American imagery would not have to pay for any costs incurred in the change under legislation unveiled today by Rep. Dan Lauwers. House Bill 4735, sponsored by Lauwers, helps create a $3 million fund to cover schools’…

Heise invites residents to coffee hours and special office hours

State Rep. Kurt Heise is hosting coffee hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally and discuss state or local issues. Heise will be hosting coffee hours with residents from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 17 at Panera Bread, located at 20140 Haggerty Road, Livonia. No appointment is necessary….

Lawmakers host annual expo for seniors, veterans in Southwest Michigan

Free health screenings, information on local resources offered  More than 1,000 senior citizens and veterans joined three state lawmakers and many local groups and businesses at Monday’s eighth annual Senior and Veterans Expo at the Antwerp Township Activity Center. The focus of the expo was to provide those who attended with access to the more…

Walsh invites residents to in-district office hour

State Rep. John Walsh is sponsoring an office hour in Livonia to allow residents the chance to meet with him locally to discuss state and local issues. Walsh will be available on Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Livonia Senior Center, located at 15218 Farmington Road in Livonia. “I welcome the…

Victory announces local office hours for May

State Rep. Roger Victory today announced he is sponsoring office hours in his district on May 17 and 18. The session on Friday, May 17 will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Murphy’s Restaurant, located at 4963 Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale. The session taking place Saturday May, 18 is from 8 to…

Speaker Bolger defends House Republicans view of government assistance

By Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall    The basic definition of public assistance is using tax dollars to provide help for those in need. The government does not have one dollar to spend on anything that was not first earned by a hardworking Michigan taxpayer. It is vital, therefore, that those elected to…

MacMaster schedules May district hours

Residents of Otsego, Antrim and Charlevoix counties can meet with state Rep. Greg MacMaster for face-to-face talks at May district office hours. On Monday, May 13, MacMaster will be in Gaylord at the Otsego County Library from 10 to 11 a.m. On Friday, May 17, he will be in Mancelona at the Mancelona Library from…