Graves to meet with residents, veterans during November office hours

State Rep. Joe Graves today announced he will host office hours during November with residents of the 51st House District. Graves, R-Argentine Township, said all residents are welcome, but is asking veterans who may have questions or concerns about state government or about their veteran benefits to make an extra effort to attend. “As a…

Rep. Nancy Jenkins (left) gets ready to listen to a presentation by Madison Middle School students during the Michigan Student Technology Showcase held at the Capitol.

Jenkins welcomes local school groups to Capitol

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins recently welcomed two Lenawee County school groups to the Capitol. On Wednesday, seventh-grade students from Madison Middle School in Adrian participated in the Michigan Student Technology Showcase, where a variety of K-12 students from across the state demonstrated how technology is used in Michigan classrooms to enhance both teaching and learning….

Rep. Glardon heralds new jobs in Owosso

Rep. Ben Glardon, Sen. Rick Jones, Midwest Bus Rebuilders CEO Dan Morrill and Gov. Rick Snyder talk at Midwest Bus Builders headquarters in Owosso. State Rep. Ben Glardon today said the new multi-million-dollar contract for Midwest Bus Rebuilders in Owosso will benefit the entire region as well as the hundreds of Michigan suppliers. Glardon toured…

Heath Robinson Memorial Bridge considered

House panel hears father, Foster testimony to honor war hero The US-2 bridge crossing the Cut River in Mackinac County could be renamed to honor Heath Robinson, a 1995 Petoskey High School graduate and Navy SEAL who was killed in action Aug. 6, 2011 when a Chinook Helicopter he was in with about three dozen…

Rep. Nesbitt presented Excellence in Education award

Lawmaker honored for efforts in vocational education field State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today received the Excellence in Education award during the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Showcase for his dedication to improving the state’s educational system. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, was cited for his work with legislation that allows for more flexibility for students…

House Panel supports hard-working taxpayers by cutting down on Bridge Card abuse

The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved House Bills 4858-60 by state Rep. Margaret O’Brien to reduce welfare abuse and fraud by requiring automated teller machines located in casinos, liquor stores and adult entertainment establishments to refuse Bridge Cards. “Taxpayers expect their money to be used to build families up, not tear families…

Rep. Pettalia attends ceremony honoring Frank Kelley with state complex walkway

Former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley (center), who served from 1961 to 1998, was honored this week at a ceremony that named the state government complex walkway east of the Hall of Justice building after him. The legislation for the recognition was approved unanimously by the Legislature, and House and Senate lawmakers attended the Oct. 23…

Pscholka receives AG Award from MSU Extension

State Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, was honored by Michigan State University Extension with its Key Partner Award for 2013.  Pscholka received the award this week at the group’s annual conference at the Kellogg Center in Lansing. “During development of the budget for 2014, Representative Pscholka made sure that Extension services and agricultural research were given…

Rep. Graves works to make Michigan schools safer

House Education Committee approves legislation Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Joseph Graves  was approved today by the House Education Committee updating school safety drill requirements for schools to ensure student safety. The measure updates the type of drills schools conduct and requires public and private school districts to post documentation on their websites showing completion…

Bill providing 100-percent disabled veterans property tax exemptions passes House

Totally and permanently disabled veterans would be able to receive a 100-percent exemption on their principle residence under a measure approved unanimously today by the Michigan House.  State Rep. Jeff Farrington, chair of the House Committee on Tax Policy, voiced support for Senate Bill 352. “It’s important to give something back to those that gave…

Franz votes for sales tax relief from trade-ins

Used auto, watercraft, RV values provide bottom-line discount  Michigan will join 45 other states that credit vehicle trade-in values when calculating the sales tax owed on the purchase of new or used auto, watercraft and recreational vehicles under a two-bill package approved by the House this week to save people money. State Rep. Ray Franz…