Rep. Canfield lauds funding for area park improvement

House approves legislation authorizing money   State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., today voted to fund Natural Resources Trust Fund projects across the state, including one in Caseville. Canfield, of Sebewaing, said $400,000 combination of state funds and local matching money will pay for the first universally accessible kayak and canoe launch on Lake Huron’s…

Rep. Brann votes for funding to rebuild Ideal Park

Site was destroyed in 2014 tornado   State Rep. Tommy Brann today voted in favor a bill to approve funds for Natural Resources Trust Fund projects, including the money to rebuild a park in Wyoming that was decimated during a tornado in 2014. Brann, of Wyoming, said the House approved the funding – Trust Fund…

Rep. Bellino: House approves funding for new game area

$3.5 million development will give hunters accessibility   State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted in favor of a bill to fund Natural Resources Trust Fund projects, including the purchase of 680 acres of land in Monroe County to be used as public hunting land. Bellino, of Monroe, said the land is an old salt and…

House approves improvements for two area parks

Rep. Albert: Developments benefit local families   State Rep. Thomas Albert today said legislation approved by the House to fund recreational land acquisitions and development projects across the state includes money for two projects in the area. Albert, of Lowell, said the money – Natural Resources Trust Fund allocations and local matching funds – will…

Rep. Whiteford bill to facilitate cleanup of underground gas leaks

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, will help ensure the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks. Whiteford’s bill ensures the one-cent fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum sold or imported in Michigan is used for its intended purpose of cleaning up these contaminated sites….

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced she will meet with residents of southwest Michigan during regularly scheduled office hours at the end of the month. Griffin, of Mattawan, said she will provide a legislative update and listen to ideas and concerns people may have about state government. The office hours take place at the following…

Michigan House committee approves school employee retirement reforms

A state House committee today approved legislation to help improve the future finances of Michigan’s public schools by fixing a broken school employee retirement system. The legislation sponsored by Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell provides an enhanced 401k-style plan for current and new public school employees. It also gives employees an annuity option through the…

Our Flag, Reflections on Flag Day

The American Flag represents over 240 years of freedom.  However, that freedom has come at a heavy cost, from the Revolution to the Global War on Terrorism. As a nation, we have sacrificed much to protect the freedoms we hold dear and to promote democracy in every corner of the world. Everyday across the United…

House concurs with Rep. LaFave: Essential Air Services should continue

The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a resolution introduced by state Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain that would urge the president and Congress to continue fully funding the Essential Air Services program. The Essential Air Services program provides smaller communities around the country with commercial airline services. President Trump has recommended cuts…

Drunk driving bills approved by House committee

The House Law and Justice Committee approved legislation by state Reps Patrick Green and. Klint Kesto to keep the state’s benchmark for blood alcohol content (BAC) at 0.08. “This is about maintaining safety on our roads,” said Kesto, chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “If we allow the BAC standards to slide back to…

House passes Rep. Iden bill allowing cybersecurity volunteer work

The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday advanced a bill introduced by Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo, which would allow volunteers to assist in defending against cybersecurity attacks in Michigan. Iden’s bill creates the Cyber Civilian Corps Act, which gives volunteers the opportunity to provide cyber-defense services to local governments, nonprofits, private businesses, educational organizations…

Bipartisan effort seeks to raise Michigan’s smoking age to 21, change other tobacco laws

A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers today detailed legislation that would raise the state’s legal smoking age to 21 and make other important changes to the state’s tobacco laws. Other revisions include banning tobacco product vending machines, enhanced hookah tobacco regulations and modified penalties for those who break the law. “The Michigan Constitution directs the…