Graves named Legislator of the Year

State Rep. Joseph Graves has been named Legislator of the Year for 2012 by the Michigan Retailers Association. The organization highlighted Rep. Graves’ efforts fighting organized crimes against retailers in Michigan. Gov. Snyder signed Graves’ legislation, House Bills 5843 and 5902 on Dec. 31, 2012, strengthening penalties for organized crime against retailers, including a provision…

Barron spends legislative day with Rep. McBroom

State Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, welcomed Mitchell Barron of Gladstone to the state Capitol today to job shadow the 108th House District lawmaker. Barron, the son of Bob and Barb Barron, accompanied McBroom to a morning Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee meeting chaired by Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, for a discussion on…

Rep. Callton hosts Lakewood volleyball champs at state Capitol

State Rep. Mike Callton was joined in Lansing today by the Class B state champion Lakewood High School volleyball team, where legislators helped the Vikings celebrate their big win. Callton was proud to welcome the student-athletes to Lansing, where they enjoyed a tour of the Capitol and were recognized by all of the lawmakers present…

Moran Iron Works awarded state grant

A $2 million grant to help boost economic development and job creation in the region was awarded to Moran Iron Works today, following a hearing at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “This is one of the most important things that has happened to Moran Iron Works in 35 years of business,” said Tom Moran, founder…

Pettalia welcome East Tawas mayor for governor’s speech

State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, welcomed Bruce Bolen, mayor of East Tawas and Iosco County Road Commission manager, and his wife, Chris Bolen, to the House chamber on Wednesday evening for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.  Pettalia said he was happy to hear the governor’s third speech include vocational education training…

Franz welcomes veterans to SOS

State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, welcomed Sgt. Major Dan Lincoln (second from left) of the Michigan Army National Guard who served in Afghanistan from 2010-2011, to sit with him in the House chamber on Wednesday evening during Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. Also pictured with Franz prior to the governor’s speech, from…

Rep. MacMaster invites Lieghios to gov’s speech

State Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, with his wife Kim, welcomed Enzo and Danielle Lieghio of Mackinaw City to the House chamber on Wednesday evening for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.  MacMaster said the governor’s third speech was a good starting point to begin discussing transportation infrastructure in Michigan. “We all agree funding…