Graves announces July office hours

Lawmaker invites residents to informal meetings State Rep. Joe Graves today announced he will conduct a series of informal office hours in July with residents of the 51st House District. Graves, R-Argentine Township, will be available to meet with constituents of the 51st House District on the following dates: Friday, July 12 at 9 a.m….

Rendon, Moolenaar announce state housing grant for Ogemaw County

A state grant to Ogemaw County will help homeowners fix their houses, state Rep. Bruce Rendon and Sen. John Moolenaar announced today. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority awarded the county $175,000 from its Housing Resource Fund for rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes throughout Ogemaw County. “Home ownership is the foundation of stability for a family’s…

Heise applauds approval of new indigent defense law

Lawmaker believes law will ensure equal access to justice             State Rep. Kurt Heise, chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee, applauded a new law, Public Act 93 of 2013, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder today that improves Michigan’s indigent defense system. PA 93 of 2013 establishes the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) which helps…

McMillin indigent defense bill signed by governor

Law creates commission to provide impartial counsel for needy defendants Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law sweeping changes to Michigan’s indigent defense system. Public Act 93 of 2013, sponsored by state Rep. Tom McMillin, is a major overhaul to Michigan’s system of providing access to the constitutional right of legal counsel for financially indigent…

Capitol Notes: July 2013

“I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State.”  Before taking office, all public officials make this vow.  As a former prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General, I had the privilege and honor of taking this oath twice before serving in the House of Representatives. …

Rendon, Booher announce state housing grant

A state grant to Roscommon County will help homeowners fix their houses, state Rep. Bruce Rendon and Sen. Darwin Booher announced today. The Michigan State Housing Development Authority awarded the county $175,000 from its Housing Resource Fund for rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes throughout Roscommon County. “Home ownership is the foundation of stability for a family’s…

Walsh bill making it easier for electric carriage businesses to operate becomes law

A bill sponsored by state Rep. John Walsh which would allow an electric carriage to operate as a taxi and tour service in municipalities pending their approval was recently signed into law. The bill, House Bill 4254, defines an electric carriage as a horse-drawn carriage that has been retrofitted to be propelled by an electric…

Rendon announces July office hours

Area residents can meet with state Rep. Bruce Rendon to talk about state government concerns at the lawmaker’s local office hours scheduled for July 12 in Crawford and Kalkaska counties, and July 18 in Ogemaw, Roscommon and Missaukee counties. “Office hours provide an added chance for me to meet face-to-face with residents and learn about…

Rep. Somerville hosting July office hours

State Rep. Pat Somerville will host two opportunities in the coming weeks for local residents to meet with him to discuss state and local issues. On July 12, the representative will be at McDonalds, 3355 West Road, Trenton, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  On July 22, he will be at Huron Township Hall, 22950 Huron…

LaFontaine hosting virtual town hall with Gov. Snyder to discuss Medicaid reform

State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine is inviting area residents to attend a special town hall event on Monday, July 1 in Chesterfield to discuss recent Medicaid reform legislation with Gov. Rick Snyder as a special guest via Internet broadcast. The event takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Saginaw Valley State University’s Macomb Campus, Room…

Michigan’s Medicaid Reform – a Healthy Michigan Solution

A column by Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall Different people can reach the same conclusion for similar or very different reasons. The recent House passage of Michigan’s Medicaid Reform is just one example. Michigan’s low-income workers, children and seniors face a real problem in a lack of health insurance despite medical needs. Michigan’s…

Lauwers urges International Commission to adopt uniform ballast water guidelines

State Rep. Dan Lauwers is urging a U.S.-Canadian agency to encourage states and provinces within the Great Lakes region to adopt uniform ballast water standards equivalent to U.S. federal requirements to help protect the environment and improve commerce. The International Joint Commission currently is inviting the public to comment on the functions, structure and membership…