Rep. Kelly releases statement on passing of Dr. Samuel Shaheen

State Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw Township today released the following statement on the passing of Dr. Samuel Shaheen: “Dr. Samuel Shaheen leaves behind a legacy of humanitarian and entrepreneurial accomplishments second to none in the annals of  Saginaw, Michigan.  Sam Shaheen, like a modern-day founder, should be remembered with equal impact, magnitude and reverence…

Rep. Jenkins hosting round table discussion with local officials on Aug. 20

House budget committee chair will be special guest State Rep. Nancy Jenkins today announced she will host a round table discussion on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The public forum will focus on the appropriations process in Michigan and feature special guest Rep. Joe Haveman, chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Local sheriff’s departments, judges and county…

Rep. Potvin hosting local office hours

State Rep. Phil Potvin is sponsoring district office hours during August to allow residents of the 102nd District to meet with him to discuss state and local issues. “Helping local residents with their issues and concerns is an important part of my job as a state representative,” said Potvin, R-Cadillac.  “Please don’t hesitate to stop…

Rep. Howrylak to hold public town hall meeting

Lawmaker will host chair of the Local Government Committee State Rep. Martin Howrylak announced he will co-host a local town hall meeting with Rep. Amanda Price, chair of the House Committee on Local Government, Thursday, Aug. 15. “The House Committee on Local Government deals with issues that directly impact our local communities,” said Howrylak, R-Troy….

Jenkins supports free-market alternative to Medicaid

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins recently spoke at a seminar outlining Senate Bills 459 and 460, which create the “Patient-Centered Care Act” and propose a sustainable, cost-effective solution to Medicaid reform. The free-market alternative would provide current Medicaid enrollees with better access to primary care through affordable, commercial-grade insurance plans and individual health savings accounts. It…

McBroom to host natural resources forums

Aug. 20-21 town halls will feature House committee chair              Area residents are invited to discuss natural resource policies in Michigan with state Rep. Ed McBroom at Aug. 20-21 town hall meetings in Iron Mountain and Escanaba, and a morning “meet and greet” in Menominee. McBroom will be joined by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, House Natural…

Rep. Yonker announces August 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 the FireRock Grille, located at 7177 Kalamazoo Ave. in Caledonia, on Monday, Aug. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the lawmaker during…

Rep. Somerville hosting local August office hours

State Rep. Pat Somerville is offering two days to meet with him during the month of August for residents of the 23rd District who wish to discuss state or local issues. On Friday, Aug. 16, Somerville will host office hours at the Brownstown Community Center, Hall C, 21311 Telegraph Road, Brownstown, from 9 to 10:30…

MacGregor schedules trio of office hour events for August

Lawmaker available to meet with local residents State Rep. Peter MacGregor today announced he has scheduled office hours in Plainfield Township, Cedar Springs and Sand Lake in August. MacGregor invites residents of the 73rd House District to meet with him to discuss state or local issues at the following dates and locations: Friday, Aug. 16…

Franz Hosts ‘Don’t Be Fooled by Phishing’

State Rep. Ray Franz has teamed up with Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office to host two Senior Brigade presentations on avoiding scams, the first in Benzie County on Aug. 21 and the second in Leelanau County on Aug. 22. “Older adults are a prime target for scammers and financial scams targeting seniors have become so…

Capitol Notes: August 2013

The topic of mental health has been widely discussed recently, especially in the wake of the tragedies in Newtown, Conn. and Aurora, Colo. Polls have found that eight in 10 Americans support investing in mental health programs because of such events, but state and even federal budget constraints often mean that mental health funding falls…

Price to hold in-district office hours

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Grand Haven on Friday, Aug. 16, to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at Coffee Grounds, located at 41 Washington Ave., from 9 to 10 a.m. Anyone is welcome to stop by as their schedules allow during…