Preliminary exam reforms signed into law by Gov. Snyder

State Rep. Tom Leonard (front row, center) and Gov. Rick Snyder hold Public Act 123 of 2014, which was signed into law today. The law, authored by Leonard, R-DeWitt Township, reforms Michigan’s preliminary examination process for those charged with a crime. The measure is a culmination of many years of discussion, and it’s a move,…

House honors Pagel’s late father-in-law, former Rep. Lad Stacey

Lansing, Mich. — The House of Representatives offered a memorial resolution today in honor of the late Lad Stacey, a former representative and father-in-law of current state Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township. Pagel was joined on the floor by family members to celebrate Stacey’s service to the state and to his family. Stacey passed away…

Rep. Lauwers: Roadside saliva test eliminated from drugged driving bills

Legislation to protect Michigan motorists from repeat drugged drivers will not include the use of a roadside saliva test for controlled substances under legislation amended this morning by the House Judiciary Committee. House Bills 5383-85, introduced by Rep. Dan Lauwers, help keep dangerous motorists off Michigan streets by ensuring immediate jail time for repeat offenders…

McCready bill garners support of Bloomfield Township officials

LANSING, Mich. — Our Bloomfield Township delegation visited Lansing today to testify with me on House Bill 5202 in the Tax Policy Committee. I’m sponsoring this bill to change how special assessments are levied on parcels of land. If signed into law, it would allow townships to attach special assessments—such as neighborhood road repair or…

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…

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…

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…