Bumstead hosting April office hours

State Rep. Jon Bumstead is hosting office hours throughout the 100th District during the month of April. Bumstead invites residents interested in discussing state or local issues to come meet with him at the following locations and times: Oceana County: Friday, April 12 -Hart: 9-10 a.m. at Pink Elephant, 207 S. State St. -Shelby: 10:30-11:30…

Pentwater to receive state funding for local outdoor improvements

The Pentwater area will see improvements for local fishing and boating now that the Legislature and Gov. Snyder have approved Natural Resources Trust Fund projects, state Rep. Jon Bumstead announced. Pentwater Township and the Village of Pentwater both had projects approved this year. “The Natural Resources Trust Fund is a great program that helps us…

State grant helping with Elbow Lake Park improvements

  Mills Township is receiving a $270,000 state grant to improve public outdoor recreation opportunities at Elbow Lake Park, state Rep. Bruce Rendon said today. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder signed the Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) grant appropriations for FY 2012, which included the funding for the project in Ogemaw County. “Elbow Lake is…

Rep. Johnson reads at Evart Elementary

State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, visited with students at Evart Elementary School on Wednesday, March 27, as part of his annual March is Reading Month tours to classrooms throughout the Michigan House of Representatives 97th District he represents. The lawmaker read to each grade level in the school’s library, talked with the students about the…

Failing schools: We have a constitutional and moral obligation to act

Failing schools: We have a constitutional and moral obligation to act By House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall I read again with disappointment and disbelief as yet another editorial by the Battle Creek Enquirer seemed so one-sided and misinformed. The most recent example regards the Educational Achievement Authority (March 28). The editors accuse the Republican-controlled Legislature…

Lori, Pagel bills crack down on drunken boating, snowmobiling

Measures give law enforcement key tools to prosecute State Reps. Matt Lori and Dave Pagel introduced legislation to bring the blood alcohol content (BAC) for boaters and operators of snowmobiles in line with limits for those operating automobiles. House Bills 4441-4444 set the legal BAC for watercraft and snowmobiler operators at .08, the same level…

Jenkins announces April office hours

State Rep. Nancy Jenkins today announced that she will host office hours in April to give constituents a convenient opportunity to meet with her locally. Jenkins is inviting anyone interested in discussing state or local issues to come and meet with her at the following times and locations: –Adrian: Monday, April 8 from 1-2 p.m….

Rep. Lyons celebrated Reading Month in local schools

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons this month visited four schools throughout the 86th District to read to students in an effort to promote March is Reading Month. As chair of the House Education Committee and a mother of four, Lyons is committed to instilling a passion for learning and a love of education in every…

House approves GPS monitoring to protect victims

Defendants awaiting trial for any assaultive crime could be required to wear or carry a court-ordered GPS device as a condition of bail under legislation approved last week by the House. House Bill 4127, sponsored by state Rep. Joel Johnson, would place in law an existing court rule that allows judges to consider the GPS…

Rep. Eileen Kowall announces April office hours

Residents of the 44th District are invited to meet locally with state Rep. Eileen Kowall during her monthly office hours. Kowall will be hosting office hours on Monday, April 1 at the following locations: -Dave & Amy’s, 9595 Highland Road in White Lake, from 8 to 9 a.m. -Bakers of Milford, 2025 S. Milford Road…

Heise applauds court decision regarding Detroit Water and Sewage Department case

Lawmaker wants to see legislation passed creating regional authority State Rep. Kurt Heise made the following statement following today’s decision by federal court Judge Cox to dismiss the 1977 Clean Water Act case against the Detroit Water and Sewage Department: “I applaud the court’s decision to end their oversight of the Detroit Water and Sewage…

Rep. Lund calls for legislative reform to Michigan auto insurance

Lawmaker wants to lower costs through ‘common-sense’ reform State Rep. Pete Lund today reiterated his frustration and concern at the high cost of auto insurance rates in Michigan after the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announced another raise to the per-vehicle cost of coverage from $175 to $186. “Auto rates are way too high in Michigan…