Local pastor provides invocation for Michigan House of Representatives

State Rep. Ben Frederick, right, welcomed the Rev. Mike Prince, center, to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a different representative, or a clergy member from their district, to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Rev. Prince recently retired as lead pastor of…

Rep. Hughes sponsors Go Red Day resolution

State Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague was the main sponsor of a resolution to bring awareness to women’s health issues related to heart disease and stroke on Thursday. The Go Red For Women measure was unanimously approved by the state House of Representatives, encouraging everyone to wear red on Friday, Feb. 3. Hughes (center) was…

Parnell reverend provides invocation to open House session

State Rep. Thomas Albert, right, today welcomed Father Mark Peacock of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Parnell to the state Capitol. Albert, who attends St. Patrick Parish, said Father Peacock gave an inspiring invocation to open today’s session in the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a different representative, or a clergy member…

Rep. Cole invites Gaylord Evangelical Church pastor for invocation

State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, invited Pastor Scott Distler of Gaylord Evangelical Church (center) to give the invocation today and begin a session at the Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing.  House lawmakers start each session with a prayer, and lawmakers take turns inviting local clergy to give the invocation.  At left is House…

Bellino sponsors bill to increase government transparency

Bipartisan bills subject governor’s office, Legislature to open records rules State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today introduced legislation as part of an 11-bill bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Bellino joined representatives from both sides of the aisle today in announcing the reform plan to make the…

Pagel bill for parole hearings gets governor’s ceremonial signing

State Representative Dave Pagel, from Berrien Springs, joined Governor Rick Snyder this week for a ceremonial bill signing of his parole reform legislation.  This bill corrected an injustice in the parole system for certain prisoners serving long-term sentences.  Some of these prisoners were being unfairly denied access to the possibility of having their cases heard…

Rep. Glenn welcomes Dow placekicker to governor’s speech in Capitol

Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, on Tuesday evening welcomed H.H. Dow High School senior Ashton Brooks and her mother, April, both of Midland, as his guests to the Michigan House of Representatives to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address. Ashton was the Dow varsity football team’s league-leading placekicker this past season and the…

Rep. LaFave hosts CEO Brisson for governor’s State of the State address

David Brisson, CEO of Roadmaster and Great American Disposal, on Tuesday joined state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, on the Michigan House floor to listen to Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State speech. The governor uses the speech to announce his agenda for the coming year.  Each state representative is allowed to invite…