Webber bill allows more partnerships between local governments

Legislation could increase efficiency of election administration The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Michael Webber allowing local cities and townships to partner with other municipalities for certain election-related duties. “Many small communities could benefit from forming partnerships with other local or county elections officials to more efficiently perform…

House supports Rep. Brann bills protecting family pets

The House today approved legislation by state Rep. Tommy Brann to improve protections for companion and family pets. Under House Bill 4332, it would be a crime to knowingly torture or kill an animal with the intent to cause mental distress or exert control over a person. The legislation would create first-, second- and third-degree…

Rep. VanderWall announces December coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall welcomes residents to join him for upcoming coffee hours during the month of December. “I am dedicated to being accessible to residents and bringing their ideas back to Lansing,” said VanderWall of Ludington. “I invite everyone to attend my coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and…

Rep. Barrett: Bill supports Michigan’s veterans groups

State Rep. Tom Barrett of Potterville this week introduced legislation to support veterans organizations and service clubs related to alcohol rules in Michigan. Barrett’s bill would allow members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other groups to buy alcohol in any affiliated out-of-town club – not just their home club. The bill…

Rep. Lucido supportive of legislation for public-private partnerships in Michigan

Legislation effectively utilizes infrastructure projects State Rep. Peter Lucido, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, this week voted in support of a bill to organize and review public-private partnerships in Michigan. The bill provides for the state of Michigan to partner with private companies to complete road and infrastructure projects in a…

Rep. Cole supports bill utilizing public-private partnerships for Michigan

Legislation enhances alternative to building better infrastructure State Rep. Triston Cole, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, held a vote today and voted to approve a bill to regulate and oversee public-private partnerships in Michigan. The bill provides for the state of Michigan to more effectively utilize public-private partnerships (P3s) for large transportation…

Rep. Hughes: Measure encourages veteran entrepreneurship

The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by state Rep. Holly Hughes that waives a limited liability company’s (LLC’s) initial filing fees if a majority of the initial members are veterans. “Not only does this legislation encourage veterans to be entrepreneurial and own businesses, it will correct an oversight in…

Rep. LaFave vows to fight bill attacking school mascots

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today announced he will fight state legislation to eliminate all school mascots deemed “race and ethnicity-based.” The Escanaba and Gladstone school districts have Native American-based mascots, the Eskymos and Braves, while the North Dickinson County school’s Nordics mascot could be considered culturally insensitive despite recognizing the region’s forefathers….

Rep. Bizon: Bill allows disabled veterans free access to state parks

State Rep. John Bizon, of Battle Creek, today testified in support of his state recreational passport legislation before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. The measure would allow honorably discharged veterans who provide proof of their 100-percent disabled status to the Secretary of State the state park passport fee waived.  “Veterans can simply use…

Rep. Albert bill seeks warning label on marijuana products

State Rep. Thomas Albert today called for all medical marijuana products to include a health warning, similar to labels on alcohol or tobacco products, during testimony before the House Law and Justice Committee. Albert emphasized the need for labelling, especially as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are increasingly using marijuana. “Marijuana is marketed as…

Rep. Frederick honors MAT2 program graduates

State Rep. Ben Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, honored 46 students of the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) program during a graduation ceremony on Nov. 17. Gov. Rick Snyder and Wanda Stokes, director of the Talent Investment Agency, also spoke to graduates during the Lansing event. “This is a fantastic…

Rep. Afendoulis announces December office hours

State Rep. Chris Afendoulis welcomes residents to join him for upcoming office hours during the month of December. “I invite all residents to attend my office hours,” Afendoulis said. “Meeting with my constituents and learning from their feedback is one of the most important parts of my job. I look forward to another opportunity to…