Top summer readers join Outman as ‘Reps for a Day’

Four students from the 70th House District joined state Rep. Rick Outman in Lansing to be “Reps for a Day” for winning summer reading contests at their local libraries. Outman, R-Six Lakes, welcomed Johnathan Guy from Tamarack District Library; Hannah Devries and Lillian Devries from Flat River Community Library; and Kiara Keyes from the Carson…

Nesbitt bill offering more transparency signed into law

Common-sense reform gives guidance to taxpayers Gov. Rick Snyder this week signed a bill introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt to help make Michigan friendlier to taxpayers and encourage more job creators to move to Michigan. The governor signed House Bill 4289, now Public Act 148, which gives taxpayers and state auditors guidance leading up…

Panel OKs Rep. Kesto bill for longer stolen vehicle sentences

Repeat offenders would do more time behind bars The House Criminal Justice Committee has approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Klint Kesto to crack down on repeat offenders convicted of buying or receiving stolen vehicles. The panel approved House Bills 4895 and 4896 with bipartisan support. The legislation increases the length of imprisonment for repeat…

New legislation will help address expected nursing shortage

Nursing is a critically important profession in Michigan that I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in helping people.  While serving on the board of Allegiance Health in Jackson, I had the distinct privilege to interact with many in the nursing field who serve as the backbone of our health-care system.  They spoke highly…

Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford; audio on reduction in workers compensation costs

Rep. Jacobsen, the author of the 2011 law that reformed the state’s 100-year old workers’ compensation system, says the last two years have seen a 21% drop in workers’ comp insurance premiums while still providing Michigan workers a high level of protection. A small business owner himself, Rep. Jacobsen says small, neighborhood businesses benefit the…

Jacobsen legislation shows impressive results after implementation

Michigan will see a 21 percent drop in overall worker’s compensation insurance premiums since a 2011 law was authored by state Rep. Brad Jacobsen. “It’s always exciting to see the positive impact our work is having on job providers,” said Jacobsen R-Oxford. “I am pleased to be able to see the measureable change the law…

Summer reading contest winner joins Jenkins at Capitol

Ten-year-old Anne Roesch learns what it’s like to be ‘Rep. for a Day’ Adrian resident Anne Roesch today learned what it’s like to be “Rep. for a Day” at the state Capitol as the winner of Rep. Nancy Jenkins’ summer reading contest. “Anne worked hard all summer to win the summer reading program, and I…

Rep. Lyons introduces legislation to overhaul color-coded school rating system

Overhauling the convoluted and confusing color-coded school rating system so that Michigan parents have a simpler, more transparent letter-grade system available is the goal of House Bill 5112, introduced this week by state Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons. “The color system is unclear for those unfamiliar with the ranking formula. The current system is not at…

Cotter legislation allowing fulltime students to postpone jury duty approved by the House

The Michigan House today unanimously approved legislation that will allow full-time college students to postpone their jury duty until the end of the school year, announced Rep. Kevin Cotter. House Bill 4570, introduced by Cotter, grants an exemption from jury duty to full time college students. This exemption already exists for high-school students. It is…

Michigan leaders awarded Heroes of Breast Cancer Leadership Award

On Tuesday, state Rep. Gail Haines and Sen. Roger Kahn were given the Heroes of Breast Cancer Leadership Award at the 19th Annual Karmanos Cancer Institute Heroes of Breast Cancer Awards. Haines was recognized with the award due to her leadership in championing equal access to oral cancer treatment drugs in the state of Michigan….