LaFontaine welcomes DNR update on Operation Freedom Outdoors

Program offers outdoors experiences to veterans, individuals of all abilities LANSING, Mich. — House Natural Resources Committee Chair State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, was joined by Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Chief Russ Mason today, who gave an update on Operation Freedom Outdoors. Begun in October 2013, Operation Freedom Outdoors is a 5…

Local college recognized for Governor’s Fitness Award

State Rep. Roger Victory with award recipients Sue Sloop and Lindsey Desarmo, representing Grand Valley State University, in accepting the Governor’s Fitness Council’s Diamond Award for creating and maintaining an “Outstanding Healthy Workplace”. The purpose of the Governor’s Fitness Awards is to recognize individuals, organizations and events that encourage others to make healthy choices by…

MacGregor, VerHeulen welcome Rockford boys’ water polo team to Capitol

Lawmakers commend team on back-to-back championship seasons State Reps. Peter MacGregor (at right) and Rob VerHeulen welcome Coach Dave McWatters and the Rockford boys’ water polo team to the Michigan House Wednesday. MacGregor and VerHeulen honored the team with a special tribute to commemorate its second consecutive state championship. State Reps. Peter MacGregor and Rob…

Veterans designation on drivers’ licenses, state IDs unveiled

Jenkins: Measure allows veterans quicker access to benefits and discounts they deserve State Rep. Nancy Jenkins welcomes Steve McGee and his wife, Gail, to Lansing to help unveil the new veterans designation available for drivers’ licenses and state IDs beginning May 1. (L to R: Sen. Darwin Booher, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes, Secretary…

Bumstead presents tribute to life-saving educational assistant

SHELBY, Mich. — State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, recently presented Odey Ramirez with an official tribute for her life-saving actions last month. Upon entering a classroom on March 5, Ramirez quickly and effectively performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking child, saving the child’s life. Bumstead applauded her dedication to Shelby Public Schools and the…

Bumstead congratulates Eagle Scouts at Boy Scouts of America gala

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, was one of many Michigan legislators who joined regional business leaders and scouting families of Boy Scouts of America last week to honor the young men who were awarded Eagle Scout rank in 2013. Rep. Bumstead extends special congratulations to the 100th District’s very own Daniel…

Leonard bill signed into law, removes offending words from law books

Rep. Tom Leonard, left, and his legislative aide, Dan Simon, join Lt. Gov. Brian Calley as he signs Public Act 67 of 2014 into law. The bill, which was introduced by Leonard, was part of a legislative package removing the words “retarded” and “retardation” from Michigan statute, a move Leonard says will promote respect for…

Rep. Yonker takes a hands-on approach to fixing Michigan roadways

Inspired by the state supplemental budget allocated to fixing roads, state Rep. Ken Yonker joined Kent County Road Commission in repairing potholes in Kent County. “We would all like to have pothole free roads to drive on but we don’t often think about the process to fixing the roads,” said Yonker, R-Caledonia. “I appreciated the…

Howrylak visits local schools to celebrate March is Reading Month

State Representative Martin Howrylak celebrated March is Reading Month by visiting local elementary school classrooms. “I want to thank the schools and teachers for welcoming me,” said Howrylak, R-Troy. “Reading is such an important building block for children. I was happy to be able to come to the classrooms and share a favorite story with…

State Rep. Paul Muxlow speaking on House Bill 4593

State Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, speaks to colleagues on the House floor on Thursday, March 20, urging them to vote for legislation to reform the scrap metal industry in Michigan. The House approved House Bill 4593, now Public Act 99 of 2014, which ends cash sales of air conditioner components, catalytic converters and copper…