Rep. Sheppard opens Lansing office serving the 56th District

LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance (right), works with legislative aide Jacob McLaughlin of Monroe on Thursday in the 56th House District office. This week, Sheppard officially opened the legislative office across the street from the Michigan Capitol. McLaughlin and colleague Jaclyn Chrzanowski will staff the office, which is open from 9 a.m. to…

Rep. Runestad opens Lansing office

State Rep. Jim Runestad (right) talks with constituent relations aide Patrick Murray in the 44th House District legislative office. Runestad, R-White Lake Township, moved into the office this week. Murray and Joe Martin will staff the office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located in Room 893…

Sheppard sworn into Michigan House to represent 56th District

Family, friends, community join Monroe Courthouse ceremony State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, was sworn into office this week as a member of the 98th Legislature by Chief Judge Pro Tempore Michael A. Weipert. Sheppard’s wife, Melissa, other family members, friends and members of the community attended the ceremony at the Monroe Circuit Courthouse Wednesday afternoon….

Capac fourth-grader job-shadows Rep. Lauwers after winning reading contest

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, at right, welcomed summer reading contest winner Paul Gamire, in blue, along with his parents, Paul and Danielle, and brother Hugh, to the state Capitol on Tuesday.   Capac Elementary School fourth-grader Paul Camire on Tuesday got an inside look at the state legislative process as a special guest of state…

Owosso officials testify in support of Glardon bill to help city, other local governments

Owosso Finance Director Rick Williams testifies before the House Committee on Financial Liability Reform as Owosso Housing Manager Tyler J. Leppanen, City Manager Don Crawford and state Rep. Ben Glardon look on. Owosso city officials this morning traveled to Lansing to testify in support of legislation that could save the city hundreds of thousands of…

Rendon receives Hispanic/Latino award

State Rep. Bruce Rendon has earned the 2014 Hispanic Legislator of the Year Award from the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM). “I am honored to receive this award,” said Rendon, R-Lake City. “I am happy to help ensure that Michigan’s Hispanic and Latino population is recognized as an integral part of our state’s historic legacy….

Governor signs landmark drugged driving measures to better protect state motorists

Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law landmark legislation to help keep drugged drivers off Michigan streets by ensuring immediate jail time for repeat offenders and better communication between law enforcement agencies. State Rep. Dan Lauwers and Sen. Phil Pavlov introduced the legislation in response to the tragic deaths of Russell Ward and Koby Raymo,…

Farrington honors Frances Camarda with state tribute

State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, joined Frances Camarda in celebrating her 105th birthday this past Friday, and the lawmaker presented Mrs. Camarda with a state tribute signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, state Sen. Tory Rocca and Farrington to commemorate the occasion. Mrs. Camarda was surrounded by friends and family – including her two brothers, ages…

Potvin law helps reuse of scrap materials and byproducts safely, efficiently

Companies look at ‘secondary purposes’ to spur job growth, competition Three new laws will help Michigan businesses reuse industrial byproducts and scrap materials in new products and secondary applications to protect the environment and create more jobs. This summer, Gov. Rick Snyder signed Public Acts 178-180 of 2014, which included the former House Bill 5402…

House ceremony marks 9/11 anniversary, honors first responders

State Rep. Bruce Rendon with special guests Police Chief Brian A. Hill of Gerrish Township (left) and Fire/EMS Chief Jim Lippert of Gerrish Township (right) today took part in the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 memorial service that also honors first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty in Michigan the…