Rep. Iden encourages State Farm Insurance to reconsider branch closure

State Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo issued the following statement in response to the announcement that State Farm Insurance plans to close its Kalamazoo branch: “State Farm Insurance’s decision to close its Kalamazoo branch, will affect over 600 individuals and families in Kalamazoo County. While I offer my sincere gratitude for State Farm’s contributions to…

Rep. Calley plans local office hours in May

State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland welcomes residents to office hours in two communities on Monday, May 22. Rep. Calley will give attendees a legislative update before taking individual meetings of ten minutes each. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations: The Village of Lake Odessa, Page Memorial Building, 839 Fourth Ave.,…

Rep. VanSingel votes for House budget plan

State Rep. Scott VanSingel recently voted for passage of the state budget, which includes record funding for K-12 education and prioritizes funding for road and bridge projects. VanSingel, of Grant, voted to approve the budget for the new fiscal year, a conservative plan that invests in the state’s future. “We are being fiscally conservative, and…

Rep. Leutheuser pleased to see continued local investment

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser of Hillsdale today announced the Michigan Strategic Fund has approved a grant to support the expansion of the Hi-Lex Controls Inc. plant in the city of Litchfield. Hi-Lex Controls produces window closer systems for the automotive industry. After considering a competing site in Mexico, the company decided to expand its operations…

Rep. Iden works to fight opioid abuse in Kalamazoo County

A research program to fight opioid abuse throughout Kalamazoo County is included in the latest version of Michigan House budget, due to a measure sponsored by Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo. The House-approved budget plan includes an $850,000 program to combat the abuse of painkillers and other opioids among Kalamazoo County’s Medicaid recipients. The money…

Representatives ask for Attorney General opinion on AK Steel

LANSING —State Reps. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township) and Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) announced today that they are asking Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette for an opinion about the legality of the  Michigan Strategic Fund board’s approval transferring Severstal North America’s tax credits to AK Steel. The legislators said that by…

Legislation submitted to deter directed attacks against police, fire and EMS personnel

New legislation has been introduced to protect police, firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) officials from being targeted for violent or aggressive behavior. The legislation was submitted today by state Reps. Klint Kesto, of Commerce Township, and Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “Police officers, firefighters, and EMS already face dangers in the process of doing…

Legislation introduced to protect police, fire and EMS officials

State Reps. Jeff Yaroch and Andy Schor (D-Lansing) have submitted legislation to protect police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel from unprovoked physical attacks. According to the statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 64 police officers were killed by gunfire – including 21 by ambush-style attacks – across the United States in…

Rep. Miller introduces National Day of Prayer resolution

State Rep. Aaron Miller of Sturgis today introduced House Resolution 81 to observe May 4, 2017 as National Day of Prayer in Michigan. The resolution encourages citizens “to pray in his and her own manner, seeking God’s blessings on our families and government officials for personal renewal, moral awakening, and a new spirit of harmony…

Rep. Kahle introduces anti-bullying resolution

State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Clinton introduced House Resolution 84 to observe May 4, 2017 as Anti-Bullying Day in Michigan. The resolution encourages citizens to “aid in bringing awareness and taking preventative action to affect societal attitudes toward bullying and its prevalence in society.” “Bullying within and outside school walls negatively affects the lives of…

Rep. Hernandez Introduces Resolution to Improve Emergency Communication

Representative Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron) introduced a house resolution that passed today as part of his continuing efforts to ensure residents in border areas receive more timely updates in the event of emergencies.  Rep. Hernandez began working with local officials in February after Port Huron residents voiced their frustration with not having timely information regarding…