Price welcomes breast cancer survivor to Capitol

State Rep. Amanda Price joins Gov. Rick Snyder and Marcia Lievense during the signing of Public Act 207 of 2013, which helps raise money for breast and cervical cancer screening for low-income women through the sale of Pink Ribbon license plates. Lievense is a two-time breast cancer survivor.  

Kurtz bill allowing DHS more oversight on state assistance approved by House committee

A measure approved by the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee today would allow the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) to collect money it is owed from lottery winners who have received state assistance. House Bill 4855, introduced by state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz, would give DHS the authority to collect money from an individual’s…

House passes Haines legislation on educating parents on ‘safe sleep’

The House today approved legislation that will create an improved educational process for new parents on the best sleep positioning practices for newborns, state Rep. Gail Haines announced. “This legislation provides parents with the information and tools to keep their newborn safe.  If this legislation saves one life, I will consider it a success,” said…

Rep. Jacobsen hosts office hours in Leonard

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen, today announced he will host office hours in February to meet with constituents. Office hours will take place: On Monday, Feb. 24 at the Addison Township Library located at 1440 N. Rochester Road in Leonard from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. “I encourage residents to meet with me during office hours…

Rep. Poleski reading to students next month

State Rep. Earl Poleski is reading to elementary-school students to honor March is Reading Month and is encouraging local elementary-school teachers to contact his office to schedule a day for him to visit their classrooms. “Students who develop a love of reading do much better in school, and I’d be honored to read to local…

Outman: Home heating help available to low-income families

Extreme weather has put strain on checkbooks Because of the extremely cold winter and the high cost of heating fuels, Michigan families and individuals may be facing overwhelming home heating expenses. The cost of heating a house or apartment is especially challenging to low-income working families, who may be forced to forego other needs to…

Governor signs Jacobsen bill securing $100 million in federal funding for Michigan

Yesterday, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill introduced by Rep. Brad Jacobsen to secure close to $100 million in federal funding by amending Michigan’s Highway Advertising Act. Public Act 2 of 2014, formerly known as House Bill 4629, amends the Highway Advertising Act to meet federal requirements and ensures clarity in advertising regulations for companies…

State House approves ORV helmet rule update

Rendon bill addresses private property rights  Off-road vehicle operators and passengers riding on their own private property in Michigan wouldn’t be required to wear a helmet under legislation approved today by the state House. House Bill 5191, sponsored by state Rep. Bruce Rendon, exempts property owners, family members and invited guests from the requirement to…

Heise invites residents to coffee hours to discuss local and state issues

  State Rep. Kurt Heise is sponsoring coffee hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally. “Getting feedback from residents at coffee hours is often the first step in the process to getting new legislation introduced and then approved,” Heise said. “I want residents to know that they have a voice…

Rep. Graves, Junior League of Flint host human trafficking town hall

State Rep. Joseph Graves will host a town hall in Fenton with the Junior League of Flint on Feb. 25 on how to identify and fight human trafficking. Joining Rep. Graves will be state Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, co-chair of the Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking, and a representative from the attorney general’s office….

Representative Howrylak co-sponsors legislation that will allow charitable tax credits

State Rep. Martin Howrylak co-sponsored legislation that aims to reinstate certain charitable tax credits that had previously been repealed. House Bill 5330 would allow tax credits for donations to higher learning, food banks, homeless shelters, and community foundations. It also includes the donation of an automobile to qualified organizations. “I am happy to be a…