Chairwoman Cox comments on governor’s budget proposal

State Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, today made the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2018: “I appreciate the governor’s work on the budget and look forward to working with my House colleagues and the Senate to create an efficient and effective…

Speaker Leonard statement on Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal

Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement after Gov. Snyder presented a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year: “I appreciate the governor offering his proposal this morning and starting the budget negotiation process. During these negotiations, the House will emphasize the need to keep spending low and use Michigan’s…

Rep. Victory wants to meet with local residents

State Rep. Roger Victory, of Hudsonville, will host local coffee hours in Allendale and Hudsonville to give residents the opportunity to voice their thoughts, concerns and ideas for the legislature and state government. “I look forward to the opportunity to be reunited with friendly faces as well as the opportunity to meet new ones,” said…

Rep. Cole chairs first Transportation and Infrastructure committee meeting

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, chaired his first House committee meeting on Transportation and Infrastructure at the state Capitol. Rep. Cole began the meeting with introductions from committee members. “I am honored to have the opportunity to preside over this committee as it is one of the core functions of the legislature and essential…

Rep. Kesto announces regular office hours

Lawmaker adds presentation for seniors to ‘Espresso with Kesto’ State Rep. Klint Kesto  announced today that he will host regular monthly office hours and encourages residents to attend his monthly senior event with a presentation from the Attorney General’s office. Rep. Kesto, of Commerce Township, said ‘Espresso with Kesto’ will take place on the third…

Rep. Kahle to host local office hours with residents

  State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Feb. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Lenawee District Library located at 4459 W. US 223 in Adrian. No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled time…

Rep. Albert named to task force on responsible retirement reform

State Rep. Thomas Albert, of Lowell, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on a new panel tasked with exploring options to address the massive retirement debts weighing down many Michigan communities. Albert, a freshman representative who chairs the House Financial Liability Reform Committee, will serve on the Responsible Retirement Reform for Local…

Former Rep. Banks resigns from office

  Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, today issued the following statement regarding the resignation of former Rep. Brian Banks from the Michigan House of Representatives:   “Rep. Banks had one legal issue after another during his time in public office.  I am glad to see he is finally taking responsibility for his actions,…

Rep. Runestad named to Criminal Justice Policy Commission

State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, has been appointed by House Speaker Tom Leonard to serve as a legislative representative on the Criminal Justice Policy Commission. The 17-member commission is responsible for reviewing current sentencing guidelines, exploring alternatives to incarceration, promoting rehabilitation programs and making recommendations to the Legislature. The Commission includes representatives of…

Frederick bill to name portion of M-71 after fallen Corunna soldier

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, has introduced legislation to rename a portion of a state highway after Pfc. Shane Cantu, a Corunna native who died while serving on active duty in Afghanistan. House Bill 4168 renames the portion of M-71 between the eastern city limit of Owosso and the western city limit of Corunna…

Miller introduces bill to equalize county mental health funding

Current system is based on 50-year-old formula   State Rep. Aaron Miller introduced legislation to more equally designate funds for county mental health services throughout the state. Miller, of Sturgis, introduced a similar bill last session that had hearings before the House Appropriations Committee, but never made it to the House floor. The bill changes…

Rep. Graves invites people to in-district office hours

State Rep. Joseph Graves will host office hours in Fenton in February, and will be joined by Genesee County Commissioner Drew Shapiro. Graves, of Argentine Township, said he looks forward to giving a legislative update and listening to the concerns and suggestions of people during the meeting, which will take place on Friday, Feb. 24…