Jefferson Elementary library earns top status

Jefferson Elementary School Media Center has achieved exemplary status from the Library of Michigan and state Rep. Jeff Farrington today delivered congratulations to Media Specialist Stephanie Staub and Principal Jennifer Davis for the accomplishment. To achieve the highest status in the state’s Michigan School Libraries for 21st Century Schools (SL21) program, the school completed 38…

Forlini named to House Appropriations Committee

Lawmaker tapped to chair subcommittee   State Rep. Anthony Forlini has been named to the House Appropriations Committee, and will serve as chair of the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Appropriations Subcommittee. “Michigan has made great strides in reining in government spending, and I look forward to having a role in continuing that fiscal austerity,”…

MacMaster introduces Michigan School Protection Act

School officials would have the option to allow licensed school employees to be armed in school districts under legislation introduced this week by Rep. Greg MacMaster. House Bill 4098 amends Public Act 372 of 1927 to give school executives the option to allow school employees to carry a concealed pistol on school grounds if the…

MacMaster named chair of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections

State Rep. Greg MacMaster has been appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to continue his work on the House Appropriations Committee as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections. MacMaster, a second-term lawmaker, served as vice chair of the subcommittee last term. “Our corrections system is one of the largest areas within our state budget…

Lori assigned to House Appropriations Committee

Lawmaker will again chair Community Health Subcommittee State Rep. Matt Lori on Thursday was named to the House Appropriations Committee, and will again serve as chair of the Department of Community Health (DCH) Subcommittee. “I am pleased to again have a hand in making decisions that will have a direct impact on how the money…

Rep. Kelly to help lead House Oversight Committee

State Rep. Tim Kelly will serve as vice chair of the House Oversight Committee, which helps ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. Speaker Jase Bolger appointed Kelly to the committee. “I’m honored to help serve in the role as a watchdog for people’s hard-earned tax dollars and make sure government runs as…

Rep. Kelly to help lead House Oversight Committee

State Rep. Tim Kelly will serve as vice chair of the House Oversight Committee, which helps ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. Speaker Jase Bolger appointed Kelly to the committee. “I’m honored to help serve in the role as a watchdog for people’s hard-earned tax dollars and make sure government runs as…

McMillin named chair of Joint Committee on Administrative Rules

Lawmaker also continues as chair of House Oversight Committee State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, on Thursday was named to chair the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules for the 2013 legislative session. “This joint committee focuses on details and accountability, which are some of my strengths,” McMillin said. “I look forward to working with my…

Foster named chair of House Commerce Committee

State Rep. Frank Foster of Petoskey has been appointed to head the House Commerce Committee for the 2013-2014 legislative term. “I am very proud to be chairing the House Commerce Committee for the upcoming session,” said Foster, who last session chaired the House Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Committee. “Michigan’s comeback has always been…

McBroom named to four House committees

State Rep. Ed McBroom has been appointed to four House committees for the 2013-14 legislative session. McBroom, of Vulcan, will serve as vice chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, a panel he was a member of last term. He also returns to the agriculture committee, as well, and his new assignments this session include…

Rep. Outman plans in-district coffee hours

State Rep. Rick Outman will meet with residents during February coffee hours in Alma and St. Louis. Residents who have questions or suggestions regarding state or local governments may meet with Outman, R-Six Lakes, at the following times and locations: Friday, Feb. 1 at McDonald’s, 11625 Wright Ave. in Alma from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.;…

Outman named to House committees

Lawmaker looks forward to second term in office State Rep. Rick Outman will serve on five House committees this legislative session, including panels dealing with agriculture, commerce and families. Outman, R-Six Lakes, on Thursday was named to the House Agriculture; Commerce; Elections and Ethics; Energy and Technology; and Family, Children and Seniors committees. “All of…