Staggered terms to strengthen trails panel

Rendon bill restructures Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council              Members of the Michigan Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council would begin serving staggered terms to help provide year-to-year stability and continuity for state trail oversight under legislation introduced by state Rep. Bruce Rendon. Currently, all 11 governor-appointed members serve four-year terms, all beginning and ending at…

House approves Rep. Graves’ bill to boost school safety

Measure has strong bipartisan support The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Joseph Graves that makes schools safer and lets parents know when safety drills have taken place. The House today approved House Bill 4713, which instructs schools to conduct five fire safety drills spread throughout the school year; two tornado safety…

Nesbitt applauds panel passage of Miss Dig legislation

Lawmaker: Changes stress safety, efficiency A House committee on Tuesday approved legislation that will provide more safety for Michigan residents while protecting the integrity of underground utilities, according to state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, chair of the House Energy and Technology Committee. The committee unanimously approved Senate Bills 539 and 540. The bills clarify aspects of…

State House approves measures to help curb repeat drunken driving, keep motorists safer

All Michigan motorists would be safer under legislation unanimously approved in the state House today that helps stop drunken drivers from repeating their offenses, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced. House Bill 5021, introduced by Lauwers, would help create a sobriety court interlock program throughout Michigan.  The program allows repeat offenders to receive a restricted driver…

Forlini welcomes reading contest winners to Capitol

State Rep. Anthony Forlini recently welcomed two super readers from the 24th House District and their families to Lansing as a reward for their summer reading habits. Forlini, R-Harrison Township, invited Natalie Monecaleano from the Clinton/Macomb Public Library and Zoey Miller from the Harrison Township Library to be his guests in Lansing for winning the…

Lyons invites Washtenaw Education Association president to testify in committee

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons is inviting Washtenaw County Education Association President Tim Heim to testify before the House Education Committee to explain why the union is urging Washtenaw County schools to not accept student teachers from Eastern Michigan University. “Urging schools not to accept student teachers from a university because of a political disagreement…

Price introduces measure to increase literacy rates in public schools

Bill would improve third-grade reading proficiency across state State Rep. Amanda Price today introduced legislation to create a “Third Grade Reading Guarantee” in Michigan’s public schools. House Bill 5111 improves third-grade reading proficiency by requiring that students meet a minimum benchmark for advancement to the next grade level. “Reading proficiency is one of the most…

House panel unanimously supports MacGregor brewpub bill

Measure will allow for future growth in craft beer industry The House Regulatory Reform Committee today unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Peter MacGregor to allow for future growth in Michigan’s craft beer industry. House Bill 4710 permits brewpubs to have an interest in up to five other brewpubs, provided the combined production of…

Bumstead announces November office hours in Lake County

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today announced office hours for the month of November in Lake County. The office hours will take place Monday, Nov. 4 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Yates Township Hall located at 6437 S. Nelson Road. “I look forward to hearing from local residents about issues of state and local importance…