MacGregor votes for welfare drug testing bill

The Michigan House today approved legislation that would allow suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients, state Rep. Peter MacGregor announced. House Bill 4118 sets up a one year pilot program for welfare drug testing in three counties across the state, to be determined by DHS.  After the first year the Department of Human Services (DHS)…

Graves votes for suspicion-based welfare drug testing

Welfare recipients suspected of drug use could be drug tested under legislation approved today by the Michigan House, state Rep. Joseph Graves announced. House Bill 4118 sets up a one year pilot program for welfare drug testing in three counties across the state, to be determined by Department of Human Services.  After the first year,…

Rep. Pagel hosts May office hours in Harbert, Buchanan

No appointment needed to attend informal gatherings State Rep. Dave Pagel invites residents to attend office hours in Harbert and Buchanan during the month of May. Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, will host the informal meetings at the following locations: Saturday, May 11 at Chikaming Township Hall, 13535 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert, from 11 a.m. to 1…

Jenkins legislation eliminating hassles for vets heads to Governor

The Michigan Senate today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins to place a special designation for veterans on driver’s licenses. House Bill 4037 makes the process of verifying military service easier for veterans when applying for benefits or discounts. “Eliminating hassles for our veterans is the least we can do for all…

Rep. Yonker announces May 3 office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker is sponsoring office hours to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at AJ’s Grill and Cocktailz Bar, located at 1830 142nd Ave. in Dorr, on Friday, May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the…

Shirkey Registration Fee Bill Gets Hearing in Transportation Committee

State Rep. Mike Shirkey’s bill to reform registration fees received a hearing on Tuesday in the House Transportation Committee.  House Bill 4608 would lower registration fees on vehicles over nine years of age by 33 percent, increase registration fees on hybrid vehicles by $25 ($75 for 100 percent electric vehicles), and allow for six-month registrations…

Pscholka confident ‘Parental Responsibility Act’ will help families succeed

Legislation would reform welfare to incentivize school attendance State Rep. Al Pscholka today announced his legislation to suspend welfare benefits to parents of children who are repeatedly truant passed the House. “This vote is a win for children and teachers,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville.   “Republicans, Democrats and Independents came together to send a strong message that…

Rep. Leonard announces May office hours

State Rep. Tom Leonard will host office hours in May in St. Johns and Ithaca. • St. Johns: Friday, May, 10 at the Big Boy, 1408 S. U.S. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. • Ithaca: Friday, May, 17 at the Mayor’s Office Coffee Shop, 142 E. Center St. from 9 to 11 a.m. No…

Rendon, Potvin plan road meeting, May 13

Town hall format invites exchange of questions, ideas  Area residents can join in on a discussion about Michigan’s road conditions and submit their own ideas for maintaining the state’s transportation system at a May 13 meeting in Cadillac moderated by state Reps. Bruce Rendon and Phil Potvin. The town hall meeting will be at the…

Welfare recipients could be tested for drugs under Michigan House bill

The Michigan House today approved legislation that would allow suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients to protect at-risk families and make better use of taxpayer dollars, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. Lauwers voted in favor of House Bill 4118, which establishes a one-year pilot program for welfare drug testing in three counties across the state,…

Glardon votes in favor of measure to allow drug testing for welfare recipients

State Rep. Ben Glardon today voted in favor of legislation to allow suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients to protect at-risk families and make better use of taxpayer dollars. House Bill 4118, approved today by the House, establishes a one-year pilot program for welfare drug testing in three counties across the state, to be determined…

House approves Kesto resolution declaring May 1 as Michigan Law Day

Measure highlights promise of equity for all The Michigan House of Representatives today approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Klint Kesto declaring May 1 as Law Day in the state. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said the purpose of House Resolution 115 is to bring awareness to the importance of the law and the impact it…