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Speaker Cotter announces new legislative director

House Speaker Kevin Cotter today announced the hire of Lindsay Vogelsberg as his new legislative director.  Vogelsberg will replace Jeremy Hendges, who is joining the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to work on coordinating new initiatives into the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED).  The new roles are effective on March 2, 2015. “Lindsay…

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Michigan House Republicans announce policy blueprint for 2015-2016 legislative term

Michigan House Republicans today released their plan for the next two years, with a focus on continued job growth, opening up new opportunities for young people and creating a better government for all. Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter and House Republicans unveiled the policy blueprint, titled “Focused on Michigan’s Future: Charting a Course for…

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Speaker Cotter announces new committee assignments

Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, today issued the following statement announcing new committee assignments for the House of Representatives: “Last week, all eleven Democrat members of the House Committee on Appropriations declined to serve as the minority vice chair.  Since having a minority vice chair is a crucial part of the budget…

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House Committee Assignments

Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter today announced committee assignments for the House of Representatives for the 2015-2016 legislative term. “Finding the right mix of legislator interests, expertise and 110 complicated schedules is never easy, but it is incredibly important.  These committees give Michigan residents a voice to inform us of how proposed legislation would…

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House Republicans deliver results

The House Republican Caucus once again met its goals and accomplished the tasks presented to the people of Michigan in the Action Plan they released in January 2013, Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter announced today. House Republicans first unveiled a public blueprint for reform and responsible leadership, called the Guiding Principles, shortly after being…

Cotter-sponsored bill increases competitive bidding for townships

As part of the road funding bill package that moved through the state Legislature today, the Michigan House approved a bill to encourage competitive bidding on local road improvement projects. “This bill is about making sure future road projects are more efficient and more transparent with our taxpayer dollars,” said state Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mt….

Bills are a hole-in-one for local communities

The Michigan Legislature today approved a package of bills which would give municipalities the option to allow licensed drivers to legally use golf carts on some local streets, announced state Rep. Kevin Cotter. House Bill 5045 allows local governments with populations less than 30,000 to authorize the use of golf carts on local streets. House…

Cotter: Legislation creating Foster Parents Bill of Rights heads to governor’s desk

The Michigan House today approved legislation to create a Foster Parents Bill of Rights, ensuring the protection of basic rights for foster parents and their families, state Rep. Kevin Cotter announced. The package makes certain foster families are included as important members of the foster care team caring for children in Michigan’s foster care system,…

Cotter lauds package to fix Michigan’s roads

The Michigan House this week approved a package of bills dedicating more than $1 billion toward fixing and maintaining the state’s infrastructure, announced state Rep. Kevin Cotter. The plan creates structural changes in the state’s transportation funding, with a focus on increased efficiency, better quality and improved fairness and increasing road funding. “I’m glad the…

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Cotter: US-10 pavement improvement project begins today

An $800,000 road improvement project for US-10 in Isabella County will begin today thanks to additional funding set aside by the Michigan Legislature, announced state Rep. Kevin Cotter. “US-10 is one of the major highways that passes through our area and I’ve heard concerns from many residents about the condition of the road,” said Cotter,…