State Rep. Phil Potvin kicks of agriculture budget process

The first House Appropriations subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development meeting took place yesterday, and featured discussion on the agriculture budget process. State Rep. Phil Potvin, subcommittee chair, welcomed Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams to the meeting to present the 2014 fiscal year agriculture budget to the committee members….

House approves Crawford legislation to cut red tape for fire alarm technicians

The House today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Hugh Crawford, which aims to amend the licensing requirements for fire alarm technicians. House Bill 4045 is the first bill passed through the House of the 97th legislature. The current law requires individuals employed as fire alarm specialty apprentice technicians to register with the Electrical Administrative…

Kurtz wants Department of Civil Rights to drop complaint

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights last week filed a federal complaint against school districts with Native American mascots, prompting a response from state Rep. Kenneth Kurtz urging the department to drop its complaint and to instead allow the issues to be solved at the local level. Kurtz, R-Coldwater, has one school in his district…

Somerville wants Department of Civil Rights to withdraw complaint

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights last week filed a federal complaint against school districts with Native American mascots, prompting a response from State Rep. Patrick Somerville, R-New Boston, urging the department to withdraw its complaint and allow the schools to address the issues at the local level. Somerville has two schools in his district…

Heise confident BAC limit will remain .08 percent

State Rep Heise, R-Plymouth, chair of the House Committee on Criminal Justice, today heard testimony concerning two bills to increase public safety by keeping the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit at .08 percent for Michigan drivers. The bills before the committee are HB 4093 and HB 4131, both of which are designed to maintain the…

Heise invites residents to coffee hours

State Rep. Kurt Heise is sponsoring coffee hours to give residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him locally. Heise will talk with residents from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 at Panera Bread, located at 400 S. Main, in Plymouth. No appointment is necessary. Rep. Heise is also available to meet with…

Rep. Graves to host workshops on appealing property tax assessments

State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced he is sponsoring property tax workshops for residents on property tax assessments and the appeal process. Graves will host workshops at the following dates and locations: Flushing: Thursday, Feb. 21 at Flushing Township Offices, 6543 N. Seymour, from 7 to 8 p.m. Fenton: Tuesday, March 5 at Fenton Township…

Jenkins announces February office hours in Adrian

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins today announced she will sponsor office hours in Adrian on Monday, Feb. 25. Jenkins invites residents to meet with her in the café at the Adrian Public Library, located at 143 E. Maumee Street from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. No appointment is necessary during these office hours.  Those unable to meet…

Rep. Johnson welcomes Clare Primary students to Capitol

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, welcomed students and parents from Clare Primary School to Lansing today for a tour of the state Capitol. Along with accompanying the group to see and hear the history, art and architecture of the building, Johnson also gave the students a special treat by bringing them on the House chamber…

Rep. Price to hold property tax assessment forum

State Rep. Amanda Price today announced that she will be hosting a forum for area residents on the property tax assessment and appeal process. Price will address constituents at the Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave. on Monday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m.   Park Township Assessor Al Nykamp will join Price in answering…

Price to hold in-district office hours Feb. 18

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Park Township on Monday, Feb. 18 to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at the Park Township Hall, located at 52 152nd Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m. Residents are welcome to stop by as their schedules…