Kesto seeks local input on roads and bridges

Survey available until March 15 State Rep. Klint Kesto today announced he is seeking input from the residents of Commerce and West Bloomfield townships, Wolverine Lake and Wixom regarding the state’s road system and how to fix it. Kesto, R-Commerce Township, has created a survey that is available on his website until March 15.  He…

Southwest Michigan harbors scheduled for $1.5 million in emergency dredging

LANSING—State Rep. Al Pscholka and state Sen. John Proos are pleased that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Emergency Dredging Plan includes a proposed $105,000 for the St. Joseph West Basin Marina harbor, $1 million for the New Buffalo Municipal Marina and $436,050 for the South Haven Municipal Marina. The DNR 2013 Emergency Dredging…

Rep. Rogers appointed to regional education committee

State Rep. Bill Rogers was appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to serve on a key bipartisan regional committee that will provide a forum for the regional consideration of critical education-related topics. The Education Committee is a new addition this year to the Midwestern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments, which is an…

Jenkins: Department of Civil Rights exceeded constitutional authority

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins today urged the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to withdraw its complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education regarding the use of American Indian mascots or imagery in schools. Local schools, as well as the State Board of Education and Michigan Department of Education, were given little to no notice…

McCready seeking input on state roads and bridges

State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he is seeking input from local residents on Michigan’s road system and how to fix it. McCready has created a survey that is available on his website until Friday, March 1.  He is encouraging constituents to take a few minutes to complete it and share their views. “Everyone knows…

Bumstead calls on department to withdraw school mascot complaint

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today urged the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to rescind a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education regarding the use of American Indian mascots or imagery in schools. Bumstead signed a bipartisan request asking the department to withdraw the complaint. Bumstead’s district includes the White Cloud Indians, one of…

Omer boosted by earlier sucker season

Preparing for the sucker fish run on Michigan’s Rifle River will be a whole lot easier this year when the season opens almost two weeks earlier thanks to legislation sponsored by state Rep. Joel Johnson. Johnson introduced House Bill 5883, which was signed into law as Public Act 471 of 2012, at the behest of…

Johnson’s lawful hunting bill gets hearing

The case of a California resident who was being threatened with prosecution for harvesting a mountain lion legally in Idaho and possessing it in his home state where it’s illegal couldn’t be repeated in Michigan under legislation sponsored by Rep. Joel Johnson. Johnson gave testimony on House Bill 4094 today before the House Tourism Committee…

Lauwers urges state department to rescind complaint against Indian mascots

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today is urging the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to rescind a complaint it filed with the federal government concerning the use of school districts using Native American mascots or imagery. Lauwers, whose legislative district includes the Capac High School Chiefs, signed a bipartisan letter asking the department to withdraw the…

Rep. Franz appointed to regional education panel

State Rep. Ray Franz today was appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to serve on a key bipartisan regional committee that will provide a forum for the regional consideration of critical education-related topics. The Education Committee is new this year at the Midwestern Legislative Conference, which is part of The Council of State Governments, an…

Speaker Bolger announces bipartisan appointments to Council of State Governments

LANSING — House Speaker Jase Bolger today announced the 2013-14 bipartisan committee appointments for the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. The committees of the Midwestern Legislative Conference are established by the MLC Executive Committee and are comprised of legislators from each of the 11 Midwestern states and the Canadian provinces of…