Rep. Howell meets with Fall of Saigon veterans

Rep. Howell met with veterans of the former South Vietnamese Army in Lansing to remember and solemnize the Fall of Saigon, which took place on April 30, 1975. Many of the men who were present for the remembrance fought to defend South Vietnam. “As a Vietnam-era veteran (Korea, 1970), I was proud to stand with…

Rep Howrylak and two members of the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan

Rep. Howrylak declares Black April Memorial Week in Michigan

PHOTO INFORMATION: Representative Martin Howrylak of Troy (center) was joined by Hoa Dinh (left) and An Nguyen (right) of the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan on the House floor for the adoption of House Resolution 73, to declare April 24 – 30, 2017 as Black April Memorial Week in the state of Michigan. April 30…

Rep. Howell tours Team Work facility

State Rep. Gary Howell of North Branch recently toured the Team Work facility located in Lapeer. Accompanying him on the tour were Ann Zettle, executive director of Team Work, and Mike Burke, Elba Township fire chief. Team Work has collaborated with the Golf Ball Divers Association to sort and package 1.2 million golf balls per…

Rep. Hauck celebrates MSP 100th Anniversary by going on a ride-along

State Rep. Roger Hauck recently went on a ride-along with the local Michigan State Police to help honor the 100th anniversary of the MSP.  “These individuals consistently put their lives on the line to protect us.” said Hauck. “I am forever grateful for their leadership and dedication to the safety of our state and I salute…

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…