Barrett testifies on bill to help veterans in the boiler trade

House committee considers legislation   State Rep. Tom Barrett this week testified on a bill he introduced to help veterans apply their military training and education to careers as a boiler repairer, inspector or installer. Rep. Barrett, R-Potterville, appeared before the House Committee on Regulatory Reform in support of House Bill 4134. Rep. Barrett introduced…

Michigan House approves bills making residential stair lifts more affordable

House lawmakers gave their stamp of approval to bills making in-home stair lifts more affordable for residents who need them. The measures, co-sponsored by state Rep. John Bizon, allow licensed residential contractors who receive certification from a stair lift manufacturer to install the product in a residential home. The stair lifts are used to help…

Clinton County resident receives Purple Heart Medal

Clinton County resident 1st Lt. William Milzarski officially received his Purple Heart Medal on Thursday, March 12 in the rotunda of the Capitol Building in Lansing. As a platoon leader, Milzarski, of Bath Township, led 24 soldiers in Afghanistan on 244 combat missions and 43 engagements with the enemy. During a firefight in Afghanistan on…

Rep. Miller votes for measure to end film subsidies

Lawmaker says priority should be on roads, not movies   State Rep. Aaron Miller this week voted in favor of House Bill 4122, a measure to end the expenditure of taxpayer money to subsidize film and video production. Rep. Miller, R-Sturgis, said the film incentives program is a failed experiment that has not paid off,…

Heise invites residents to March coffee hours

State Rep. Kurt Heise is hosting coffee hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally to discuss state and local issues. Heise’s coffee hours are scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, March 20, at Biggby Coffee, located at 400 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth. “I encourage all members of…

Snyder briefs Glenn, legislative leaders on energy policy

Lansing — House Energy Policy Committee Vice-Chairman Gary Glenn, R-Midland, was among eight legislative leaders invited by Gov. Rick Snyder to a briefing Thursday on the governor’s upcoming energy policy address, scheduled for Friday morning. Glenn was the only first-term legislator in either house invited to participate in the briefing, which was conducted personally by Snyder in the governor’s office. Glenn…

Barrett film incentives amendment protects state workers’ pension fund

State Rep. Tom Barrett this week successfully amended a bill ending film incentives by ensuring money invested into a Pontiac film studio go back to the state employee pension fund from which it was drawn. Rep. Barrett, R-Potterville, said his bill ensures that incentives already granted to movie and television productions be honored, but wants…

Bill to protect veterans introduced by Rep. Holly Hughes

State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has introduced House Bill 4313, a bill that will make it unlawful to refuse service to veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, closed head injuries and other service-related conditions who use service dogs in their treatment. Under current law, it is unlawful to refuse to permit a person with disabilities…

House approves Rep. Lauwers’ bill ending film subsidies

Measure heads to Senate for consideration   The Michigan House today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Dan Lauwers that ends the state’s film incentives program at the end of the current fiscal year. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, who authored House Bill 4122, said the film industry has sapped the state’s budget without creating…

Residents asked to bring strange laws to Rep. Sheppard’s attention

Lawmaker encourages all to aid criminal law reforms State Rep. Jason Sheppard invites residents to give input to a legislative workgroup, which is tasked with reforming disregarded, excessive criminal regulations and outdated laws. “There are laws on the books in Michigan that serve no purpose because they are behind the times,” said Rep. Sheppard, R-Temperance. “Removing…