Walsh invites residents to in-district office hour

State Rep. John Walsh is sponsoring an office hour in Livonia to allow residents the chance to meet with him locally to discuss state and local issues. Walsh will be available on Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Livonia Senior Center, located at 15218 Farmington Road in Livonia. “I welcome the…

Victory announces local office hours for May

State Rep. Roger Victory today announced he is sponsoring office hours in his district on May 17 and 18. The session on Friday, May 17 will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Murphy’s Restaurant, located at 4963 Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale. The session taking place Saturday May, 18 is from 8 to…

Speaker Bolger defends House Republicans view of government assistance

By Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall    The basic definition of public assistance is using tax dollars to provide help for those in need. The government does not have one dollar to spend on anything that was not first earned by a hardworking Michigan taxpayer. It is vital, therefore, that those elected to…

MacMaster schedules May district hours

Residents of Otsego, Antrim and Charlevoix counties can meet with state Rep. Greg MacMaster for face-to-face talks at May district office hours. On Monday, May 13, MacMaster will be in Gaylord at the Otsego County Library from 10 to 11 a.m. On Friday, May 17, he will be in Mancelona at the Mancelona Library from…

Franz announces free vision tests for infants

Area optometrists volunteer during InfantSEE Week, May 12-18  More than 300 Michigan optometrists are providing free eye vision assessments for babies as part of InfantSEE Week during May 12-18 and state Rep. Ray Franz has partnered with the Michigan Optometric Association to help raise awareness by promoting visits to local doctors participating in the program….

State Rep. Bill Rogers invites residents to May 2013 office hours

State Rep. Bill Rogers invites residents of the 42nd District to his office hours to meet with him and discuss their thoughts and concerns on state issues. No appointment is necessary to attend these office hours. Rogers will host office hours on Friday, May 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Lil’ Chef located at…

Bill giving schools more flexibility to make up snow days heads to Gov. Snyder

The Michigan Senate today approved legislation that would provide school districts with additional flexibility in making up snow days, state Rep. Jon Bumstead announced. House Bill 4471 removes the requirement for a minimum number of days, but will keep the number of instructional hours required for a school year. The bill would allow schools to…

Pagel reschedules Buchanan office hours

State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced he is rescheduling office hours in Buchanan because of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The informal meeting was originally scheduled for May 25. The new date is Saturday, May 18 at the Hilltop Café, 708 E. Front St. in Buchanan from 1 to 3 p.m. “When I realized I…

Gov. Snyder signs Kesto bill to keep drunken drivers off roads

Lawmaker: New laws put community safety first Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of bills today that retains Michigan’s drunken driving blood-alcohol content level at its current rate, ensuring that more over-indulging drivers will be kept off the state’s roads. Snyder signed House Bill 4131, sponsored by Kesto, R-Commerce Township, which continues stiff sentencing guidelines…

Rep. Shirkey co-sponsors bipartisan Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

  State Rep. Mike Shirkey speaks at a news conference in Lansing today to help kick off National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Michigan.  The day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.  Along with the…

Michigan House Republicans announce Medicaid reform plan

Key pillars involve reforms, better coverage for more people and savings for taxpayers Michigan House Republicans today announced an innovative plan to reform the state’s Medicaid program that will provide more personal control over health-care options for enrollees. House Bill 4714 proposes a series of statutory changes to Michigan Medicaid. Once the legislation is approved,…

Lauwers introduces measures to urge Great Lakes states to adhere to federal ballast standards

State Rep. Dan Lauwers today introduced resolutions urging Great Lakes states and nearby Canadian provinces to adopt ballast water standards equivalent to U.S. federal requirements in order to help protect the environment and provide uniform guidelines throughout the region. The U.S. government recently established strong ballast water standards to prevent the introduction of invasive aquatic…