Rep. Hughes legislation allows retired teachers to return to classroom

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, allowing retired teachers to return to the classroom to substitute teach in the districts that they retired from has been passed by the Michigan House of Representatives. House Bill 4059 allows school districts to re-hire retired teachers in “critical shortage” subjects, as well for temporary substitute teaching…

Rep. Somerville invites residents to March office hours

State Rep. Pat Somerville invites local residents to meet with him during office hours in March. “I always look forward to meeting with our neighbors and community leaders so that they can share their concerns about state government,” said Rep. Somerville, R-New Boston. “It’s important that I can connect the concerns and ideas of our…

Rep. Runestad to present legislative update at Mature Voters of Oakland Club

State Rep. Jim Runestad will be presenting a legislative update on Tuesday, March 10 to the Mature Voters of Oakland. The 7 p.m. meeting takes place at the Highland Activity Center located at 209 N. John Street in Highland. The meeting is open to the public and all residents interested in the update are welcome…

Rep. Cox holds committee meeting to discuss future of film credits

State Rep. Laura Cox, chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee on General Government hosted the Michigan Film Office to testify on the state’s film tax credit program. Currently there is a $50 million a year maximum for film credits in Michigan. The credits can also be given to TV shows and video game creators. Last…

Rep. Miller invites residents to March 13 office hours

State Rep. Aaron Miller will host office hours in Centreville and Three Rivers on Friday, March 13. Rep. Miller, R-Sturgis, will meet with citizens at the following locations: Royal Café, 701 E. Main St., Centreville, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; and LA’s Coffee Café, 145 W. Michigan Ave., Three Rivers, from 2:30 to 4 p.m….

Rep. Maturen introduces Realtors Day resolution

State Rep. David Maturen today introduced a resolution to declare March 4 as Realtors Day in the state of Michigan on the 100th anniversary of the Real Estate Association of Michigan’s founding. House Resolution 26, sponsored by Rep. Maturen, recognizes the positive effects the organization has contributed to local communities, the state and the nation….

Rep. Iden appointed to Talent Investment Board

State Rep. Brandt Iden has been appointed by Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter to serve on the Governor’s Talent Investment Board. “This is a great opportunity, and I thank Speaker Cotter for his confidence in my ability to serve on this board,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “The kind of workforce talent needed in Michigan is…

Rep. Lauwers’ bill to end film subsidies heads to full House

Tax Policy Committee approves legislation   The House Committee on Tax Policy today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Dan Lauwers to terminate expensive film subsidy tax credits by the end of the current fiscal year. Rep. Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, said providing Hollywood with tax credits for making films in Michigan is a failed…

Rep. Afendoulis looks forward to reading to local students

State Rep. Chris Afendoulis will be stopping by several local elementary schools and reading to area students in observance of March is Reading Month. Rep. Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township, emphasizes that reading is fundamental to a child’s long-term success. “I’m excited to meet with students and to help them foster a love for reading,” Rep….

Rep. Johnson’s guest Elder Comer delivers House invocation

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, was joined by special guest Elder William R. Comer of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Harrison to give the invocation before the House session Tuesday. From left: Comer’s son, Scotty; wife Candace; William Comer and Rep. Johnson.

Rep. Iden visiting local schools to promote March is Reading Month

State Rep. Brandt Iden said today he will celebrate March is Reading Month by reading to elementary school students throughout Kalamazoo County. “Reading is foundational to life-long learning and success,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “Whether it’s reading a work of fiction, a textbook, or the newspaper, the written word is vital to communicating the ideas…