State Rep. Bill Rogers invites residents to May 2013 office hours

State Rep. Bill Rogers invites residents of the 42nd District to his office hours to meet with him and discuss their thoughts and concerns on state issues. No appointment is necessary to attend these office hours. Rogers will host office hours on Friday, May 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Lil’ Chef located at…

Bill giving schools more flexibility to make up snow days heads to Gov. Snyder

The Michigan Senate today approved legislation that would provide school districts with additional flexibility in making up snow days, state Rep. Jon Bumstead announced. House Bill 4471 removes the requirement for a minimum number of days, but will keep the number of instructional hours required for a school year. The bill would allow schools to…

Pagel reschedules Buchanan office hours

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced he is rescheduling office hours in Buchanan because of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The informal meeting was originally scheduled for May 25. The new date is Saturday, May 18 at the Hilltop Café, 708 E. Front St. in Buchanan from 1 to 3 p.m. “When I realized I…

Gov. Snyder signs Kesto bill to keep drunken drivers off roads

Lawmaker: New laws put community safety first Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of bills today that retains Michigan’s drunken driving blood-alcohol content level at its current rate, ensuring that more over-indulging drivers will be kept off the state’s roads. Snyder signed House Bill 4131, sponsored by Kesto, R-Commerce Township, which continues stiff sentencing guidelines…

Rep. Shirkey co-sponsors bipartisan Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

  State Rep. Mike Shirkey speaks at a news conference in Lansing today to help kick off National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Michigan.  The day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.  Along with the…

Michigan House Republicans announce Medicaid reform plan

Key pillars involve reforms, better coverage for more people and savings for taxpayers Michigan House Republicans today announced an innovative plan to reform the state’s Medicaid program that will provide more personal control over health-care options for enrollees. House Bill 4714 proposes a series of statutory changes to Michigan Medicaid. Once the legislation is approved,…

Lauwers introduces measures to urge Great Lakes states to adhere to federal ballast standards

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today introduced resolutions urging Great Lakes states and nearby Canadian provinces to adopt ballast water standards equivalent to U.S. federal requirements in order to help protect the environment and provide uniform guidelines throughout the region. The U.S. government recently established strong ballast water standards to prevent the introduction of invasive aquatic…

Leonard applauds Gov. Snyder for declaring ‘state of disaster’ for flooded communities

State Rep. Tom Leonard today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for declaring a state of disaster related to Gratiot County communities that have been hard-hit with recent flooding. “Over the past month, areas across the state have been hard-hit with rain and flooding,” said Leonard, R-DeWitt. “Serious damage has resulted from the rains throughout Gratiot County…

Rep. Nesbitt welcomes Blossomtime pageant court to Capitol building

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt today welcomed the Blossomtime Festival court, a collection of pageant winners, from Southwest Michigan, to the state Capitol. The pageant winners, including Miss Blossomtime Katlynn Kennedy and Mr. Blossomtime Jalen Holmes, spent the day visiting at the Capitol and were introduced in the Michigan House chambers. “Blossomtime is a wonderful celebration…

Rep. Graves legislation seeks to ensure safety in Michigan schools

State Rep. Joseph Graves today introduced legislation to increase safety in Michigan schools and increase accountability between parents and school districts. House Bill 4713 would require school districts to post documentation on their websites showing completed safety drills. The documentation must be posted within five business days after a drill occurs, and remain posted for…

House panel OKs Lori bill allowing rifles for southern deer hunting

Special ammunition would ease public safety risk The House Tourism Committee today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Matt Lori that allows limited use of rifles for deer hunting in an area now limited to shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols. House Bill 4283 would allow the use of a straight-walled pistol cartridge in rifles that…

McMillin plans in-district office hours

State Rep. Tom McMillin has announced upcoming in-district office hours for the month of May. The lawmaker will be at Rochester Hills City Hall on Monday, May 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. to meet with residents and discuss state and local issues of interest. City hall is located at 1000 Rochester Hills Drive. No…