Rep. Kahle announces Adrian office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, July 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S 223 in Adrian. “Local office hours are a great way to connect with residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look…

Reps. Farrington, Marino: Plan to improve state disaster funding signed into law

New laws sponsored by two Macomb County representatives will help Michigan communities seeking to secure state funds to deal with disasters. Bills sponsored by state Reps. Steve Marino and Diana Farrington were recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. The new laws increase the minimum balance of the state disaster fund to $2.5 million…

Reps. Farrington, Marino: Plan to improve state disaster funding signed into law

New laws sponsored by two Macomb County representatives will help Michigan communities seeking to secure state funds to deal with disasters. Bills sponsored by state Reps. Steve Marino and Diana Farrington were recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. The new laws increase the minimum balance of the state disaster fund to $2.5 million…

COLUMN: Adding skills to our classrooms will build Michigan’s future

By State Rep. Beth Griffin As a teacher, I’m aware of the unique day-to-day challenges we face in our classrooms. Regardless of subject, our instructors have to focus on specific content while also seeking to cover as much subject matter as possible to help students grow and prepare for their next educational step. Current curriculum…

Rep. Tedder to host in-district office hours

State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of July. “Monthly office hours are a great way to meet residents and discuss important issues,” Rep. Tedder said. “Listening to the concerns of people in our communities is one of my top priorities as a state…

Rep. Hoitenga highlights progress made by House Communications and Technology Committee

Legislator proud of increased broadband efforts, drone plans State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, chair of the House Communications and Technology Committee, today stressed the importance of key issues addressed during the first six months of the year that improve the way of living for Michiganders. Hoitenga, of Manton, has consistently fought for improved broadband for residents…

Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: July 9, 2018

I was honored to join Congressman Mike Bishop in recognizing a local act of heroism by Howell resident Michael Rodriguez. Last July, Michael rescued a man from a sinking car that he witnessed veering into a 9-foot-deep pond when the driver experienced a medical problem. Despite viewing himself as a poor swimmer, Michael courageously swam…

Rep. Allor: Bringing home more resources to fight PFAS contamination

By state Rep. Sue Allor Michigan, like much of the nation, is dealing with the consequences of chemical contaminants left behind by decades of industrial processes and decaying consumer products. These chemicals have long, complex names such as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl – known as PFAS for short. They have been used in everything from carpeting…

Rep. Cole’s plan to prioritize asset management for roads signed into law

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to help determine how to best spend available money on roads, bridges and other parts of the transportation system has been signed into law. Cole’s plan calls for the Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC) to be moved to the Michigan Infrastructure Council. The goal is to revitalize the…

Rep. Alexander proposal removing unnecessary regulation signed into law

A plan sponsored by state Rep. Julie Alexander eliminating an outdated reporting requirement in regard to Grade A Milk producers has been approved by the governor. House Bill 5996, now Public Act 301 of 2018, addresses a 2001 law that requires the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to file certain reports related…

Rep. Noble’s government cleaning initiatives signed into law

Two plans proposed by state Rep. Jeff Noble eliminating outdated sections of law in various areas have been approved by the governor. “I want what every hard-working taxpayer wants – a clean, efficient state government that strives to align with the philosophy of accountability,” said Noble, of Northville. “Removing outdated, obsolete laws eliminates unnecessary regulations…

Rep. Hornberger: New state budget protects taxpayers when K-12 schools charge tuition

State Rep. Pamela Hornberger announced she supports a new provision in Michigan’s state budget that bans K-12 public schools from receiving tuition and collecting per-pupil state taxpayer aid for the same student. “We must have a system that respects taxpayers, and eliminating this ‘double dipping’ is a step in the right direction,” said Hornberger, of…