Heise announces May district office hours

State Rep. Kurt Heise invites local residents to meet with him to share their perspectives and ask questions. District office hours will be hosted on Monday, May 13 at locations in Canton and Northville at the following locations and times: 10 to 11 a.m., Parthenon Coney Island, 39910 Ford Road (east of I-275), Canton; 12…

Southwest Michigan lawmakers welcome Blossomtime Tour

State Reps. Dave Pagel and Al Pscholka and state Sens. John Proos and Tonya Schuitmaker welcomed the Blossomtime Court, a collection of Southwestern Michigan pageant winners who visited Lansing to tour the state Capitol. The pageant royalty, including Miss Blossomtime Katlynn Kennedy of Buchanan and Mr. Blossomtime Jalen Holmes of St. Joseph, spent the day…

Southwest Michigan lawmakers welcome Blossomtime Tour

State Reps. Dave Pagel and Al Pscholka and state Sens. John Proos and Tonya Schuitmaker welcomed the Blossomtime Court, a collection of Southwestern Michigan pageant winners who visited Lansing to tour the state Capitol. The pageant royalty, including Miss Blossomtime Katlynn Kennedy of Buchanan and Mr. Blossomtime Jalen Holmes of St. Joseph, spent the day…

Lori bills to keep boaters safe clear House committee

Measure to fund Crime Stoppers also approved A package of bills to keep boaters, snowmobilers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts safer were approved today by the House Criminal Justice Committee. Another bill that funds Crime Stoppers, sponsored by state Rep. Matt Lori, also was approved by the panel and sent to the House for a vote….

Muxlow announces May office hours

State Rep. Paul Muxlow today announced he will host office hours this month in Port Huron. Muxlow invites residents to meet with him to discuss any state or local issues. The open meeting will be held at the following location and time: Friday, May 24 11 a.m.- Noon Blue Water Chamber of Commerce 512 McMorran…

Bumstead applauds Gov. Snyder for declaring state of disaster to deal with local flooding

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for declaring a state of disaster relating to recent flooding throughout the state, including in Newaygo County. “Over the past month, our area has been hit hard with heavy rain leaving us with severe flooding,” Bumstead said. “The flooding has caused serious damage throughout Newaygo County…

House bills establish mental health courts

Johnson supports effort to help individuals, corrections system A proposal introduced this week in the state House will create mental health courts in Michigan to ensure residents get the treatment they need and keep them out of jail. State Rep. Joel Johnson is supporting a legislative package for a similar diversionary court program already established…

Goike legislation to limit unnecessary regulations approved by House committee

The House Regulatory Reform Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ken Goike that would limit state agencies from adopting burdensome regulations. House Bill 4242 would require a state agency submitting a request for rulemaking to demonstrate that the new rule is necessary and suitable to achieve its purpose. “Too often state…

Local potato grower testifies with Outman at House committee meeting

Trio stresses the need for changes at state Potato Commission State Rep. Rick Outman and two members of the Michigan Potato Commission testified today before the House Agriculture Committee, stressing the need for legislation to allow the commission to better react to changes in the potato industry. Outman, R-Six Lakes, was joined by Tim Young,…

Veterans could get free state park entry

Foster bills recognize disabled, P.O.W, Medal of Honor recipients The Michigan House this week approved two measures that would provide free state park entry to Medal of Honor recipients, disabled veterans and former prisoners of war. House Bills 4297 and 4439, introduced by Rep. Frank Foster, would waive the annual $11 state park Recreation Passport…

State lawmakers recognize regional robotics team champs

  Pettalia, Moolenaar host Thunder Bay students to Capitol visit State Rep. Peter Pettalia and Sen. John Moolenaar welcomed the Thunder Bay Junior High students on the UR2 Underwater Robotics Engineering Team to the state Capitol this week to recognize their accomplishment on a Great Lakes Regional first place win. The team also garnered two…