Jenkins supports free-market alternative to Medicaid

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins recently spoke at a seminar outlining Senate Bills 459 and 460, which create the “Patient-Centered Care Act” and propose a sustainable, cost-effective solution to Medicaid reform. The free-market alternative would provide current Medicaid enrollees with better access to primary care through affordable, commercial-grade insurance plans and individual health savings accounts. It…

McBroom to host natural resources forums

Aug. 20-21 town halls will feature House committee chair              Area residents are invited to discuss natural resource policies in Michigan with state Rep. Ed McBroom at Aug. 20-21 town hall meetings in Iron Mountain and Escanaba, and a morning “meet and greet” in Menominee. McBroom will be joined by Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, House Natural…

Rep. Yonker announces August office hours

State Rep. Ken Yonker is sponsoring office hours to give local residents a convenient opportunity to meet with him in person. Yonker, R-Caledonia, will be at the FireRock Grille, located at 7177 Kalamazoo Ave. in Caledonia, on Monday, Aug. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary to talk with the lawmaker during…

Rep. Somerville hosting local August office hours

State Rep. Pat Somerville is offering two days to meet with him during the month of August for residents of the 23rd District who wish to discuss state or local issues. On Friday, Aug. 16, Somerville will host office hours at the Brownstown Community Center, Hall C, 21311 Telegraph Road, Brownstown, from 9 to 10:30…

MacGregor schedules trio of office hour events for August

Lawmaker available to meet with local residents State Rep. Peter MacGregor today announced he has scheduled office hours in Plainfield Township, Cedar Springs and Sand Lake in August. MacGregor invites residents of the 73rd House District to meet with him to discuss state or local issues at the following dates and locations: Friday, Aug. 16…

Franz Hosts ‘Don’t Be Fooled by Phishing’

State Rep. Ray Franz has teamed up with Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office to host two Senior Brigade presentations on avoiding scams, the first in Benzie County on Aug. 21 and the second in Leelanau County on Aug. 22. “Older adults are a prime target for scammers and financial scams targeting seniors have become so…

Capitol Notes: August 2013

The topic of mental health has been widely discussed recently, especially in the wake of the tragedies in Newtown, Conn. and Aurora, Colo. Polls have found that eight in 10 Americans support investing in mental health programs because of such events, but state and even federal budget constraints often mean that mental health funding falls…

Price to hold in-district office hours

State Rep. Amanda Price will sponsor in-district office hours in Grand Haven on Friday, Aug. 16, to meet with local residents and discuss issues of interest or concern. Price will be at Coffee Grounds, located at 41 Washington Ave., from 9 to 10 a.m. Anyone is welcome to stop by as their schedules allow during…

Rep. Daley invites residents to August office hours

Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, is hosting office hours during the month of August to give residents of the 82nd District a chance to meet with him and discuss state or local issues. The office hours will be on Aug. 16 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Curley’s Lake House Grill, 4586 Water St., Columbiaville. “Hearing…

McMillin to host August office hours

State Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, has announced upcoming in-district office hours for the month of August. McMillin invites residents to meet with him at Rochester Hills City Hall, 1000 Rochester Hills Drive, Rochester Hills, from 4 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19 to discuss state and local issues of interest. No appointment is…

Genetski bill would cover wildfire costs

Area departments could see reimbursement for state land work  Local fire departments that assist fire suppression efforts on state land would be reimbursed by the state under legislation unveiled by Rep. Bob Genetski this week. House Bill 4929 would allow the payments from the Forest Development Fund, which receives funds from certain timber sales on…

Rendon hosting Aug. 20 veterans meeting

House committee chair Rep. Stamas invited as special guest  Area veterans and military families are invited to an Aug. 20 Veterans Town Hall meeting in West Branch, hosted by state Rep. Bruce Rendon with the chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Jim Stamas. The meeting is in the Ogemaw County Annex…