Graves reintroduces bill to repeal the pension tax

State Rep. Joseph Graves today reintroduced legislation to repeal pension tax changes that went into effect in 2012. House Bill 4130 is a reintroduction of a bill he proposed last year to repeal recent pension tax changes. “I continue to hear concerns from my constituents about how pension tax changes have affected them,” said Graves,…

Potvin maintains perfect voting record

State Rep. Phil Potvin posted a perfect attendance record for the 2012 legislative session, it was announced recently. By voting in all of the 614 roll-call votes the House took last year, Potvin managed to be one of few representatives to post a perfect voting record. “We go to work all year looking to make…

LaFontaine bill will keep state’s drunken driving penalties intact

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine aims to keep drunken drivers off Michigan roads by preventing a scheduled change in the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level. House Bill 4093 would ensure enforcement of motorists who operate a vehicle while exceeding a BAC of .08. Under current law, the BAC required for being classified…

Callton named chair of House Financial Services Committee

State Rep. Mike Callton will chair the House Financial Services Committee for the 2013-14 legislative term. The committee oversees such issues as banking, mortgage settlements and consumer protection. “I am ready to get to work this year on issues that will help restore Michigan’s economic health,” said Callton, R-Nashville. “Ensuring consumers are protected from fraudulent…

Zorn appointed vice chair of House Commerce Committee

State Rep. Dale Zorn will serve as vice chair of the House Commerce Committee for the new legislative session, as well as serving on other key committees for the two-year term. The commerce committee ensures businesses have the tools they need to be successful as well as ensuring the skills of Michigan workers are equipped…

Muxlow announces February office hours

State Rep. Paul Muxlow will host in-district office hours in Brown City and Marlette during February. Muxlow, R-Brown City, will meet with residents to discuss issues involving state and local government on the following occasions: Friday, Feb. 8 at Rep. Muxlow’s district office, 4256 Main St., Brown City. He will meet with residents from 9:30…

Rep. Joseph Graves announces February coffee hours

State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced he is hosting coffee hours in February to give constituents a convenient opportunity to meet with him. Graves will host coffee hours at the following dates and locations: Flushing: Monday, Feb. 4 at Flushing Township Hall, 6524 N. Seymour, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fenton: Friday, Feb. 22…

Daley named chair of the Agriculture committee

State Rep. Kevin Daley will chair the House Agriculture Committee for the 2013-14 legislative term, it was announced today. This is Daley’s second term as chair of this committee. “I am honored to continue on as chair of the agriculture committee,” said Daley, who is also a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee….

Reps. Johnson, LaFontaine introduce legislative retirement reform package

Reps. Joel Johnson and Andrea LaFontaine have introduced a package of bills to save taxpayers money by reducing the expense of retirement benefits for former members of the state Legislature. Among the measures in the package are: House Bill 4107, to eliminate the 4-percent cost of living increase that former lawmakers under the defined benefit…

Lenawee Stamping Corporation picked for state grant to expand operations

A $5.3 million state grant to help boost economic development and job creation in the region was awarded to Lenawee Stamping Corporation in Tecumseh, state Rep. Nancy Jenkins announced. The business incentive grant will help the company expand its operations in Tecumseh, adding new programs and approximately 530 jobs for local workers. “I’m pleased that…

Johnson named to five House committees

State Rep. Joel Johnson has been appointed to five House committees for the 2013-14 legislative session. Johnson, of Clare, will serve on the committees for Agriculture, Commerce, Financial Services, Judiciary and Natural Resources. This will be his second term on the agriculture and natural resources panels. “I’m pleased to continue my role in shaping the…