Potvin to hold November office hours

State Rep. Phil Potvin will be hosting office hours on Nov. 21 and 22.  Potvin’s meetings will occur in Mecosta County on Nov. 21, and Wexford and Osceola counties on Nov. 22. The time and location of these meetings are as follows: Thursday, Nov. 21: Deerfield Township: 3-4 p.m. at the Deerfield Township Hall, 396…

Michigan’s insured would gain access to Obamacare’s impact under legislation

Michigan health insurers would have to provide written notice of any premium changes attributed to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) under transparency legislation approved today by the House Insurance Committee, state Rep. Mike Shirkey announced. House Bill 4816, introduced by Shirkey, requires the impact on people’s premiums to be clearly stated so that people…

Measure clarifies new law to remove any doubt about jury trials

LANSING – Michigan residents who have the right to a trial by jury against the state can continue to bring their lawsuit in local circuit court under legislation introduced today by Rep. Mike Shirkey and co-sponsored by Rep. Ed McBroom.  The legislation clarifies a new state law that gave voters from across the state a…

MacGregor legislation to support craft beer industry passes House

Lawmaker: Bills will promote a thriving industry Michigan’s craft beer industry will be able to grow and expand under a three-bill package of legislation approved today by the Michigan House, announced state Rep. Peter MacGregor. MacGregor applauded the bipartisan passage of House Bills 4709-4711 because they promote a thriving industry in the state. “The microbrew…

Rep. Ed McBroom welcomes Miss Michigan Teen USA Iris Robare to the House floor during Tuesday’s legislative session.

Miss Michigan Teen USA joins McBroom, Casperson at Capitol

Iris Robare, 16, learns what it’s like to be ‘Rep. for a Day’ Gladstone resident Iris Robare recently learned what it’s like to be “Rep. for a Day” at the Michigan Capitol as the guest of Rep. Ed McBroom and Sen. Tom Casperson. The winner of the 2014 Miss Michigan Teen USA pageant, Robare attended…

Kowall unveils plan to help combat human trafficking

Lawmaker: Bills provide victims with access to necessary services State Rep. Eileen Kowall today announced she will introduce legislation to combat human trafficking in Michigan and prevent future occurrences of it. Based on the final report recently released by the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission, Kowall says it’s more important than ever to update Michigan’s current…

Stamas warns utility customers of new telephone scam

Lawmaker: Be cautious of threatening calls Local residents should be wary of a new telephone scam involving callers claiming to be from utility companies, warns state Rep. Jim Stamas. Stamas said the scam artists call residential and business customers threatening to disconnect their electrical service unless immediate payment is made. The caller then instructs customers…

Bumstead supports bills helping Michigan veterans return to civilian life

Qualified Michigan veterans will have new opportunities to count their military experience toward licenses and education for certain occupations under legislation recently approved in the Michigan House. Under House Bills 4605, 4731, 4752, 4754 and 4756, military training could be counted toward the licensing and education process for law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical service…

House OKs Rendon bill to stagger Snowmobile and Trails Council terms

Measure brings stability to advisory panel The Michigan House today unanimously approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Bruce Rendon to help bring stability to the Michigan Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council by staggering the terms for council members. Currently the terms of all 11 members of the council, who are appointed by the governor,…

Governor signs Nesbitt bill returning money to ratepayers

Gov. Rick Snyder this week signed legislation introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt which returns money to utility customers that was paid into the Uncollectible Allowance Recovery Fund. House Bill 4937, now Public Act 163, orders the refund of money collected for loans and grants that were never distributed because a program to award the…