Rep. LaFave commends steps made toward new Soo Lock

In February 2017, state Rep. Beau LaFave co-sponsored a House Concurrent Resolution to urge the president and Congress to follow through on funding the construction of a second larger Soo Lock in Sault Ste. Marie to accommodate bigger ships transporting cargo along Michigan’s waterways. That call recently was heard as a funding authorization directing over…

Rep. Hernandez selected to lead powerful Michigan House Appropriations Committee

State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today was named House Appropriations Committee chair for the 2019-2020 legislative session by Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield, a vital leadership position tasked with continuing Michigan’s economic momentum while representing hard-working taxpayers in state budget decisions. “I am proud and honored to serve Michigan in this important capacity and I’d…

Rep. Lilly to help shape House committee assignments

Legislator will chair temporary Committee on Committees State Rep. Jim Lilly will play a key role in recommending House committee assignments for the 2019-20 Michigan House legislative session after being named chair of the Committee on Committees by Speaker-elect Rep. Lee Chatfield. Lilly, who also was selected last week to serve as associate speaker pro…

Rep. Hernandez selected to lead powerful Michigan House Appropriations Committee

State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today was named House Appropriations Committee chair for the 2019-2020 legislative session by Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield, a vital leadership position tasked with continuing Michigan’s economic momentum while representing hard-working taxpayers in state budget decisions. “I am proud and honored to serve Michigan in this important capacity and I’d…

Rep. Chatfield announces upcoming office hours schedule

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents to join him during local office hours for the months of November and December. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Monday, Nov. 19 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce, 2581 I-75 Business Spur in Sault Ste. Marie. Friday, Dec 7 10 to…

State police plan continues Rep. Albert’s work to keep promises to retirees

Rep. Thomas Albert is continuing reforms to the state’s employee retirement systems with a new plan aimed at making sure Michigan State Police retirees get their promised benefits while containing long-term costs. Albert is working with the Michigan State Police and its troopers association on legislation improving the financial health of its retirement system. The…

Rep. VanderWall announces November coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for November coffee hours. “I look forward to meeting with the community to hear their questions and ideas about state government,” VanderWall said. “I invite all residents to attend coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations: Tuesday, Nov….

Rep. Allor invites residents to November office hours

State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today invited people to get their voices heard during office hours this month in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco and Presque Isle counties. “Office hours are the best way to connect with  people living in northeast Michigan,” Allor said. “I encourage people to attend, share their concerns and ask questions.”…

Rep. Howrylak announces local office hours

State Rep. Martin Howrylak invites residents to attend his upcoming local office hours in Clawson and Troy. “I value the opportunity to meet residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Howrylak said. “I look forward to spending time with friends and neighbors at my upcoming office hours and discussing issues most important to our…

Rep. Calley invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her local office hours in two communities on Monday, Nov. 26. Rep. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Then, if residents have individual concerns, she will take one-on-one meetings. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations: Nashville Village Offices, 203…

Rep. LaFave of Iron Mountain discusses outdoor safety reforms

Rep. LaFave talks about his plan to allow Michigan residents to carry a firearm without a hunting license in an area frequented by wild animals, a move to better protect people and add uniformity to the state’s firearms laws. The measure is pending in the House Natural Resources Committee.  

State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column Nov. 4

I attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Adam Griffith and presented a legislative tribute recognizing his achievement.  Adam’s Eagle Scout Project was to lead others in building nine shelves and two benches for the inside of the Highlander Reading Express book bus.  This mobile library was put into service this past June by…