Rep. Leutheuser meets with Canadian Minister Bains

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser, center, presents a state seal to Navdeep Bains, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, during Bains’ visit to the state Capitol last week. Leutheuser, who chairs the House Commerce and Trade Committee, spoke with Bains and Canadian Consul General Douglas George about the trade relationship between Michigan and Canada….

State representatives pay tribute to Michigan Farm Bureau

State Reps. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron, Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township and Tom Barrett of Potterville, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, today presented a special tribute to the Michigan Farm Bureau to recognize the staff’s role in clearing a legal path for Michigan farmers to transport supplies to the High Plains. Michigan farmers…

House panel approves Vaupel’s bill removing vignettes from ballot

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel to remove political party icons from the ballot was approved today by the House Elections and Ethics Committee. Political vignettes are small icons first added to the ballot in the 1890s. Vaupel said ballots have changed drastically since then and the icons no longer serve a purpose. “The…

Rep. Frederick welcomes childhood pastor to lead House invocation

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso, right, on Tuesday welcomed Pastor Ray Strawser, center, to the state Capitol to give the invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Pastor Strawser is a chaplain with the Memorial Healthcare Hospice in Owosso. They were joined at the rostrum by Speaker of the House Tom Leonard.

Rep. Farrington welcomes exemplary Eagle Scout to the Capitol

State Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica today welcomed Ian McKinnon to the Capitol to receive a special tribute upon earning all of the 137 merit badges an Eagle Scout can achieve. McKinnon, 16, is one of only eight Eagle Scouts in Michigan’s history to achieve this distinction. Merit badges are earned by demonstrating mastery and…

Rep. Hauck reads to local classrooms for March is Reading Month

State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township recently wrapped up his March is Reading Month tour by visiting dozens of classrooms and reading to over 2,000 local students. “As a dad, I always enjoyed reading to my children when they were young. Reading is so important for the development of children and is truly a…

Owosso Schools’ Dr. Selleck testifies before committee, Rep. Frederick

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, welcomed Dr. Kari Selleck, Curriculum Director at Owosso Public Schools, to testify before the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee in Lansing today. Dr. Selleck spoke in support of merit curriculum legislation that would increase class choice for high school students. The bill package was approved by the committee…

Rep. Webber visits elementary schools to read to students

Rep. Webber visits elementary schools to read to students

State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills read to three elementary schools to celebrate March is Reading Month. Rep. Webber read “Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum” by Michigan author Lisa Wheeler at the following schools: Brewster Elementary, Delta Kelly Elementary and North Hill Elementary. #####

Allegan ESA superintendent testifies for Rep. Whiteford bill

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford was joined by William Brown, superintendent of the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, in testifying before the House Education Reform Committee today. Whiteford, of Casco Township, and Brown spoke in support of legislation which will allow local school districts to find the best qualified teachers for special education programs…