Rep. Vaupel to host in-district office hours March 17

State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township will host office hours in Fowlerville, Hartland and Howell on Friday, March 17. Rep. Vaupel will meet with residents at the following locations: Fowlerville: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave.; Hartland: 4 to 5 p.m. at Kahuna Coffee, 1836 Old U.S. Highway 23;…

Rep. Wentworth voices support for bills that give students more education choice

State Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare is a co-sponsor of merit curriculum legislation that will give students more flexibility in their high school education choices. “High school is about preparing for life after graduation and that’s what these four bills will do,” Wentworth said. “Employers are looking right now in central Michigan for workers who…

Rep. Hughes’ resolution aims to return veteran assistance to county level

State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague introduced a resolution to make the process of applying for emergency veteran assistance more efficient. The Michigan Veterans Trust fund was established to provide assistance to eligible Michigan wartime veterans and their families experiencing economic hardships. Assistance includes hospitalization, medical services, food, clothing or shelter. In 2015, the Legislature…

Rep. Lower supports package to give students more class choice

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake is co-sponsoring merit curriculum legislation that gives students more flexibility in their high school educational choices and preparation for post-graduation careers. “We have the resources in Montcalm and Gratiot counties to prepare the next generation in skilled trades, which will meet the growing demand we have right now…

Representative García supports criminal justice reform legislation

State Representative Daniela R. García of Holland voted this week in support to advance a package of Senate bills that will reform the Michigan’s corrections system and help reduce costs to Michigan taxpayers. “Michigan is spending $2 billion annually for our corrections system as a whole and an average of $35,000 per prisoner. The time…

Rep. LaFave introduces bill discouraging sanctuary cities

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, has introduced a bill that creates the Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act that will outlaw local units of government from enacting ordinances that limit a local official, employee or police officer from communicating with federal officials regarding the immigration status of an individual.  “This bill is not a departure…

Horvath, Lamb address House panel on truck length legislation

Rep. Frederick bill enhances worker safety, cuts costs Businesses hauling agricultural field drainage tubing on Michigan’s state highways could employ safer, more efficient truck and trailer combinations under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ben Frederick that is under consideration by the Michigan House Agriculture Committee. Frederick’s bill creates an exemption for businesses hauling the drainage…

Rep. Lilly announces Grand Haven grant

LANSING –  Today, Representative Jim Lilly (R-Park Twp.) announced this year’s recipient of the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program Grant will be the city of Grand Haven.  The state legislature established the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program in 1999 to aid in the preservation and protection of Michigan’s lighthouse.  The program was created in conjunction with the…

Rep. Howell’s resolution seeks to end ‘lame duck’ sessions

State Rep. Gary Howell today introduced a resolution for a constitutional amendment to ban legislative sessions extending past Election Day, ending the November and December sessions commonly known as “lame duck” sessions. Howell, of North Branch, said too often controversial bills are pushed through to passage during the November and December sessions without public hearings…

House panel OKs bipartisan transparency legislation

The House Michigan Competitiveness Committee today approved a bipartisan 11-bill package that expands state government transparency, including legislation introduced by state Rep. Sue Allor. Allor, of Wolverine, introduced a bill that will create the Legislative Open Records Act that places the Legislature under public disclosure laws. The package also subjects the governor and lieutenant governor…

School start date decisions should be made at the local level

State Rep. Steve Johnson has introduced legislation to leave the start date for schools up to local school boards. Currently, Michigan has a mandated post-Labor Day start date for publicly funded schools. Rep. Johnson’s bill would repeal this requirement, which would allow parents and local school boards to have direct impact in choosing their start…