Rep. Cole: Feds overstepped the line with alcohol ban

State Rep. Triston Cole today pushed back on a new federal rule banning the use of alcohol on three popular Michigan rivers. Cole said the ban on alcohol oversteps federal authority and can only have negative consequences for Michiganders and tourists who enjoy the state’s rivers. “The State of Michigan has a plethora of laws…

COLUMN: Governor must respect the constitutional separation of powers

Last year, I made a commitment to the good people of the Fighting 101st House District that I would explain the votes I cast at the Capitol on their behalf. I respect people for putting their trust in me to represent their interests, and it’s important for them to be able to hold me accountable….

Rep. Griffin launches bipartisan effort to cut prison health care costs

State Rep. Beth Griffin has introduced legislation to allow certain extremely frail and sick prisoners to be relocated to specialized medical facilities, a bipartisan plan designed to save taxpayer money while continuing to protect public safety. Griffin, of Mattawan, said chronically ill and aging prisoners often have health care costs several times higher than the…

Rep. Kahle announces proposal to honor fallen state trooper

State Rep. Bronna Kahle today announced a proposal to honor fallen Trooper Byron J. Erickson by designating the portion of M-52 from Curtis Road to M-50 as the Trooper Byron J. Erickson Highway. Trooper Erickson served with the Michigan State Police for four years before giving his life in the line of duty. “Trooper Erickson…

Rep. Hoitenga announces grant to eliminate blight in Cadillac

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga announced today the city of Cadillac will receive over $830,000 for the removal of blight at a downtown Cadillac site. The grant was awarded from the Michigan Strategic Fund and Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The money is from a federal grant program that utilizes funds appropriated by the U.S. Department of…

Rep. Rendon honors Boy Scouts of America

State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City recognizes and wants to congratulate the Boy Scouts of America for 109 years of scouting. On February 8, 1910, papers incorporating the Boy Scouts of America were signed and this day became the date celebrated as the official birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. “The Boy Scouts…

Rep. Wakeman to host local office hours

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township will host district office hours on Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, Feb. 18 to meet with local residents of the 94th District. “As your voice in Lansing, I want to hear from you,” Rep. Wakeman said. “I am determined to remain accessible and accountable, and this is a…

Rep. Afendoulis announces local office hours

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township announced her first set of in-district office hours for 2019. “One of my top priorities as your representative in Lansing is to be open and accessible to you,” Afendoulis said. “Holding regular office hours is a great way to hear your thoughts and ideas on state government,…

Rep. Rendon helps launch bipartisan effort to ‘Raise the Age’

Reform plan treats 17-year-olds as minors in court system State Rep. Daire Rendon has introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan plan to transform the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Michigan is one of just four states to automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults when they’re accused of breaking the law. Rendon…

Rep. Eisen: Governor must respect division of powers

State Rep. Gary Eisen today supported a resolution blocking a power grab by Michigan’s new governor that overstepped the fundamental division of powers between the governor’s office and Legislature. Eisen, of St. Clair Township, said a recent executive order issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is an after-the-fact veto of a law passed by the legislature…

Albert, Outman: Michigan must do more to prevent youth e-cigarette usage

Plan would ban sale of e-cigs to minors, make state a healthier place   State Rep. Thomas Albert and state Sen. Rick Outman today unveiled a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors as well as possession by individuals under 18. “Simply put, the long-term health effects of vaping are endangering our kids,”…

Rep. Reilly reintroduces measure to give schools more flexibility in testing

State Representative John Reilly, of Oakland Township, has reintroduced a bipartisan measure he sponsored last term to allow local school districts to opt out of certain standardized testing. “The multitude of federal and state assessments for each grade, especially in high school, are burdensome to our school districts,” Reilly said. “In the 11th grade alone,…