Rep. Lucido bill establishing new protocol for pawned items passes House committee

A bill introduced by state Rep. Peter Lucido helping police and pawnbrokers deal with stolen items was advanced unanimously today by the House Committee on Commerce and Trade. When following up on reported theft, police will monitor activity at area pawnshops in case items in question turn up. The bill allows law enforcement to put…

Rep. VanSingel announces December office hours

State Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant welcomes residents to join him for upcoming office hours during the month of December. “It is important for me to regularly meet with residents to hear their questions and concerns regarding state government,” VanSingel said. “I invite all residents to participate in my office hours.” Rep. VanSingel will be…

Rep. VanderWall: Line 5 agreement positive for Northern Michigan

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today said he was pleased with an agreement the state has reached with Enbridge to provide increased safeguards for the Line 5 pipeline, through which nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas is transported each day. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the agreement offers needed oversight and increased protection…

Rep. Allor issues statement on Enbridge Line 5 agreement

State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, issued the following statement on the legal agreement requiring Enbridge to provide more transparency and take a number of safety precautions, including replacing a section of the pipeline that runs under the St. Clair River: “This agreement, if fulfilled, is a great first step in regaining the public’s trust,…

Representative García invites local residents to December office hours

State Representative Daniela R. García invites residents of Ottawa County to her regularly scheduled office hours on Monday, Dec. 4. “Hosting office hours helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to people in our community,” García said. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they may have…

Local residents can meet with Rep. Runestad on Dec. 8

State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake invites residents to join him for local coffee hours in White Lake, Highland and Milford on Friday, Dec. 8. “I always value the opportunity to meet residents and discuss matters of state government,” Rep. Runestad said. “As a legislator, my primary focus is being accessible and accountable to…

Rep. Pagel hosts local office hours

State Rep. Dave Pagel will hold office hours on Friday, Dec. 8 to meet with local residents and talk about any thoughts or concerns they may have about state government. The office hours will be at the Niles District Library, 620 E. Main St. from 10:30 a.m. to noon. “Talking with residents during office hours…

Rep. Roberts holds local office hours

State Rep. Brett Roberts (R-Charlotte) invites residents to join him for office hours on Monday, Dec. 4 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Robin’s Nest, located at 6053 S. Clinton Trail in Eaton Rapids. “The opportunity to connect with people in our community and hear what matters most to them is important to me,” Rep….

VanderWall supports allowing volunteers to help preserve Michigan rivers, shorelines

State Rep. Curt VanderWall has cosponsored legislation to streamline rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs. VanderWall and other cosponsors of the legislation say the programs are currently underutilized. House Bills 5155 and 5156 call on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to administer the programs and offer information to the public about how to…

Rep. Wentworth supports educator tax deductions at state, federal levels

State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare today said he supports income tax deductions at both the federal and state levels to help teachers who buy their own classroom supplies. Wentworth said he favors a U.S. Senate provision that would increase the educator expense taxable income deduction from the current $250 to $500. Wentworth opposes a…

Rep. VanderWall applauds grants to expand Ludington company

Legislator says business is vital to downtown economy   State Rep. Curt VanderWall today said downtown Ludington will benefit from state grants awarded to help the House of Flavors expand its dairy operations. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the company, which is the largest private label packaged ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturer in Michigan, received…