Rep. Johnson announces July office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours:   Friday, July 19th Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Road SE in Kentwood 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S. Main St. in Wayland 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. “Open and…

Rep. Paquette reminds residents about upcoming town hall meeting on roads

State Rep. Brad Paquette of Berrien Springs reminded area residents that he will be hosting a town hall meeting with special guest Rep. Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann on Monday, July 8 to discuss road funding in Michigan. “The legislature is getting closer to a comprehensive plan to fix the roads that focuses on innovation…

Rep. Chatfield sets local summer office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield is inviting residents to join him during local office hours for the months of July and August. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Monday, July 15, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum W11660 US-2 Naubinway, MI 49762 Monday, August 12, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Indian River Chamber of Commerce…

Upper Peninsula legislators unite behind pro-fishing, pro-family plan

Upper Peninsula lawmakers in the Michigan Legislature are uniting behind a plan to support commercial fishing and the region’s time-honored way of life. The bipartisan plan would modernize Michigan’s commercial fishing regulations while allowing more diversification of the commercial fish catch. A version of the plan supported by lawmakers from the U.P. was recently introduced…

Protecting the rights of Michigan residents from government overreach

The government has no business deciding how Michiganders transport and carry out their constitutional right to bear arms on their own private property. Private property rights are in place for a reason. Michigan should be promoting greater personal freedom – not hindering it. That’s why I authored bipartisan legislation protecting Michigan residents from unfair government…

No-fault reforms accomplished: What Jackson County drivers can expect

The most common topic Jackson-area residents share with me is the skyrocketing cost of car insurance and how it negatively affects them. The people of Michigan aren’t interested in talk, they’re interest in results. I listened to everyone’s concerns and worked diligently to fix the broken system that generates the most expensive car insurance rates…

Rep. Wozniak announces summer reading contest for area students

State Rep. Doug Wozniak announced today he is partnering with several local libraries on a summer reading contest for local elementary school students. Children are encouraged to read as many books as they can through August. Students or parents should record the titles of books read along with the number of pages on a bookmark…

Rep. Kahle: Fixing Michigan’s broken car insurance system

By Rep. Bronna Kahle As your representative in the Michigan House and our voice in Lansing, I know the high cost of car insurance is a top concern for drivers and their families across Lenawee County. That’s why I spent much of my first two-and-a-half years in office listening to your concerns and leading the…

Rep. Howell named Michigan Townships Association’s “Legislator of the Year”

The Michigan Townships Association (MTA) last week recognized Rep. Gary Howell (R-North Branch) and Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland) for their support of township government by presenting them with the MTA “Legislator of the Year” awards. Both Howell and Stamas received the prestigious award, which honors lawmakers who are instrumental in legislation impacting township government and who work diligently to protect local…

Rep. Howell introduces proposal to expand pheasant hunting in Michigan

State Rep. Gary Howell has introduced legislation that would boost conservation efforts to help restore Michigan’s pheasant population. “Programs like this one will facilitate the revitalization of Michigan wildlife. This initiative has the potential to improve small game hunting opportunities, increase wildlife populations, encourage youth hunting and help Michigan’s economy.” Howell, of North Branch, said….

COLUMN: Highlights from my first six months serving in the Michigan House

Now that summer has finally arrived, I want to look back at some of the achievements I am most proud of from the first six months of my term. We have made significant progress on a number of issues that are a priority for families, seniors and workers throughout mid-Michigan. AUTO NO-FAULT REFORMS I can’t…

Rep. Griffin: Fixing our roads and supporting our schools

A column by state Rep. Beth Griffin   My job representing you in the Michigan House is all about listening and leading.   I’ve listened to countless concerns about the poor condition of our roads. I’ve also heard your concerns about the governor’s idea to pay for improving them, and the vast majority of Van…