Lori named to new Mental Health and Wellness Commission

Lawmaker plans to address law enforcement’s concerns State Rep. Matt Lori today was named by House Speaker Jase Bolger to Gov. Rick Snyder’s newly created Mental Health and Wellness Commission. The six-member commission will advise the state Department of Community Health on strengthening the state’s mental health system. Their advisory role includes considering the best…

Rep. Foster appointed to regional committee

State Rep. Frank Foster has been appointed by House Speaker Jase Bolger to serve on a key bipartisan regional committee that will deliberate strategies for economic growth in the Midwestern region. “Michigan’s comeback has been remarkable to watch as legislative efforts, combined with financial responsibility, have allowed us to put people back to work and…

Experts say Michigan’s plan is working

The Michigan House Commerce Committee continued hearing from business and economic development organizations from across the state this month with recent presentations from the Detroit Regional Chamber and National Federation of Independent Businesses, both of which gave promising reports.“I’ve appreciated all the information people have brought before us to help give the committee a picture…

Speaker Bolger appoints lawmakers to new Mental Health and Wellness Commission

LANSING — Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger today appointed state Reps. Matt Lori, R-Constantine, and Phil Cavanagh, D-Redford Township, to the governor’s newly created Mental Health and Wellness Commission. The six-member commission will advise the state Department of Community Health on strengthening the state’s mental health system. Their advisory role includes considering the best solutions…

Rep. Outman hosts coffee hours

Appointment not required to meet with lawmaker State Rep. Rick Outman invites constituents of the 70th House District to meet with him during coffee hours to discuss concerns or suggestions regarding state or local government. Outman, R-Six Lakes, will host coffee hours on Saturday, March 2 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at McKenna’s Village Restaurant,…

Pscholka’s bill receives ‘tri-partisan’ support

The Michigan House Wednesday approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Al Pscholka that eliminates the state School of Osteopathic Medicine Advisory Council. This marks the first time in about 100 years that legislation has received “tri-partisan” support. The bill was approved unanimously and received support from Rep. John Olumba, I-Detroit, who recently denounced his membership…

Muxlow supportive of Huron lakeshore harbors scheduled for emergency dredging

State Rep. Paul Muxlow today announced his support and optimism at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 2013 Emergency Dredging Plan which includes more than $1.5 million of funding for Blue Water and Huron lakeshore harbors. The plan includes a proposal of Grants-in-Aid of $71,995 each for the Port Huron River Street and Fort…

Nesbitt, Schuitmaker announce road maintenance grant for Paw Paw

Money will enhance West Michigan Avenue State Rep. Aric Nesbitt and state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker today announced the village of Paw Paw will receive a Michigan Department of Transportation grant for maintenance work on West Michigan Avenue. The $375,000 grant from the Transportation Economic Development Fund will be used for work on the avenue from…

Farrington bill eliminates surcharge on credit card purchases

State Rep. Jeff Farrington today announced the introduction of a bill to protect consumers by preventing companies from adding a surcharge on credit card purchases. House Bill 4255 prohibits retail shops from charging a 4 percent surcharge on credit card transactions. In addition to retailers not being allowed the extra consumer cost, gas stations also…

House committee approves Jenkins bill placing veterans’ designation on driver’s licenses

The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins that will make the lives of Michigan veterans easier. House Bill 4037 creates a veterans designation on Michigan’s driver’s licenses, eliminating hassles for veterans when showing proof of military service. “Putting a veterans designation on a Michigan’s driver’s…

Rep. Graves proposes legislation giving local governments more local control

State Rep. Joseph Graves has sponsored legislation to give local governments the authority to decide the best method of assessing property taxes relating to police and fire protection. Under current law, townships may implement a special assessment to provide funding for local police and fire protection, but assessments can only be based on the value…