Genetski reform to help reduce welfare fraud

State Rep. Bob Genetski is taking aim to end a Michigan Bridge Card abuse, the practice of purchasing beverages, pouring out the contents in the parking lot and returning the bottles for the 10-cent deposit. The Saugatuck lawmaker introduced legislation today to require that the Michigan bottle deposit portion of a grocery bill be paid…

Area residents weigh in on state trust fund

Natural resources improvement topic of Rep. Rendon town hall  Residents from around the state, local officials and natural resources professionals attended a town hall meeting state Rep. Bruce Rendon hosted on July 22 in Roscommon County. The meeting featured House Natural Resources Committee Chair Andrea LaFontaine and other lawmakers on the panel, and capped a…

Rep. Callton to host fracking town hall

State Rep. Mike Callton is inviting area residents to attend a town hall meeting on Monday, July 29 to discuss the process and use of fracking in Michigan as well as whether there are environmental concerns to be considered. Callton, R-Nashville, will be joined at the event by representatives from Michigan Oil and Gas Producers;…

Rep. Kowall invites residents to attend August office hours

State Rep. Eileen Kowall today announced she will host local office hours on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 9-10 a.m. Sen. Mike Kowall will also be in attendance. Residents of the 44th House District can meet with both Rep. and Sen. Kowall to discuss state or local issues at Colasanti’s Market, located at 468 S. Milford…

Pagel invites residents to attend office hours in July and August

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced he has scheduled office hours in Berrien Springs and Baroda in the coming weeks. On Saturday, July 27, Pagel will hold office hours at Hopper’s Family Restaurant, 9675 U.S. Highway 31 in Berrien Springs, from 10-11:30 a.m. He will also have office hours on Friday, Aug. 9 at the…

Speaker Bolger’s statement on Detroit filing for bankruptcy

Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement in response to the city of Detroit filing for bankruptcy: “I had hoped it wouldn’t come to bankruptcy, but clearly the decades of promises that could not be afforded meant this action could not be avoided. Now that the city has filed for bankruptcy,…

Rep. Foster announces local office hours for residents

State Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, will be available for office hours in July in Cheboygan, Mackinac and Chippewa counties to talk with area residents. “Ongoing office hours throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan are essential to make sure all voices are heard,” Foster said.  “I encourage people to stop by to express a concern…

Rep. Shirkey defends Michigan’s self-defense laws

State Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today defended Michigan’s version of the so-called “stand your ground” law, a state provision allowing people to use justifiable deadly force in order to protect themselves.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. strongly condemned the law earlier this week in what Shirkey said was a failed argument in trying to…

McCready, Kesto invite residents to attend Senior Brigade forum on July 29

Residents of the 39th and 40th House Districts are encouraged to attend a Senior Brigade presentation by the Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division on Monday, July 29. The event is hosted by state Reps. Mike McCready and Klint Kesto and will take place at the West Bloomfield Public Library from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The library’s…

Residents invited to natural resources forum

Pettalia welcomes House committee chair for July 25 town hall  Area residents can provide feedback and input on Michigan’s natural resources management policies at a Thursday, July 25 town hall meeting in Alpena with state Reps. Peter Pettalia and Andrea LaFontaine, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee. The 6 p.m. meeting is at the…

Rep. Lyons plans office hours in Lowell

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons today announced she will sponsor office hours on Monday, July 29 in Lowell. Lyons invites residents to meet with her from 9 to 11 a.m. at Keiser’s Kitchen in downtown Lowell, 700 E. Main St. “I encourage area residents to stop by my office hours if they’d like to talk…

Genetski announces July office hours

Allegan County residents will have two opportunities in July to meet with state Rep. Bob Genetski to talk face-to-face about state government issues or concerns. The lawmaker has scheduled office hours in Pullman on July 27 and Hopkins on July 31. “No appointment is necessary and I welcome everyone to come in for a talk,”…