Rep. Frederick invites residents to April office hours

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso will hold local office hours for the month of April. “I always look forward to the opportunity to meet with my constituents,” Frederick said. “I want residents to know I am invested in them and effectively representing their interests and needs in Lansing.” The representative will be available at…

Rep. Frederick: House approves plan helping brownfield sites, including Vernon business

The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to help cleanup efforts at blighted industrial sites across the state, including one in Shiawassee County. Frederick’s legislation updates and expands Michigan’s brownfield redevelopment law to help ensure appropriate cleanup of abandoned sites in rural areas. His plan would make the removal of manufacturing byproducts…

Rep. Frederick votes to expand education with internships

House approves plan to give high school students credit for work-study programs State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to expand skilled trades and professional development opportunities for high school students by allowing course credit with completion of an internship or work study co-op program. “An internship adds real-world experience for college students, so it makes…

Rep. Frederick votes to update reading mandate for new teachers

State Rep. Ben Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee, recently voted for legislation to update reading instruction standards for new teachers seeking professional teaching certification. Frederick, of Owosso, remarked that the state mandated 3-credit course requirement on top of existing college courses and reading-focused professional development is unnecessary. “It is important…

Rep. Frederick votes for bills to improve workforce education

Legislation connects unemployment and job demand data to colleges, universities State Rep. Ben Frederick recently voted for legislation requiring the state government to share data with colleges and universities, in addition to state programs such as Michigan Works!, to help improve job training programs. As the chair of the House Workforce and Talent Committee, Frederick…

Rep. Frederick’s bill to honor Pfc. Shane Cantu headed to governor

Legislation renames a portion of M-71 between Owosso and Corunna The Michigan Senate this week unanimously approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Ben Frederick to name a portion of M-71 after Pfc. Shane Cantu, a Shiawassee County native who died in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan. Frederick’s bill renames the portion of M-71 between the…

Rep. Frederick bill further streamlines property rehabilitation efforts

The Michigan House on Wednesday advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, which allows more flexibility for assessed property value during commercial redevelopment periods. The Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Exemption was enacted in 2000 with the goal of providing local governments with an economic development tool to incentivize redevelopment of blighted and…

Frederick supports legislation protecting children involved in abuse investigations

Bipartisan bill package requires the recording of forensic interviews State Rep. Ben Frederick recently voted in favor of legislation aimed at bringing additional clarity to legal matters involving allegations of child abuse and neglect. The legislation was approved in the Michigan House with overwhelming support. The bipartisan three-bill package requires all forensic interviews conducted at…

Rep. Frederick supports additional funding for road repairs this summer

Roads in Shiawassee and Saginaw counties would benefit from legislation approved today by Rep. Ben Frederick and the Michigan House. The legislation would provide an additional $175 million for road work across Michigan as early as this summer. “I hear it loud and clear wherever I go – improving our roads is top priority for…

Frederick calls for Flint and Shiawassee Rivers to be named national water trails

Measure unanimously supported by the House A resolution introduced by state Rep. Ben Frederick to support the designation of the Flint River and Shiawassee River Trails as national water trails by the National Park Service, was unanimously approved by the Michigan House today. The National Water Trails System brings water trails across the nation together…

Rep. Frederick supports money saving measures for Michigan families

Bills provide tax relief, end driver responsibility fees State Rep. Ben Frederick this week supported two bipartisan measures that aim to ease burdens on Michigan families. The first would end driver responsibility fees effective Oct. 1 and forgive outstanding debt associated with the fees. Frederick said the fees, which were enacted by a previous administration…

Rep. Frederick backs plan to invest more in local veterans services

Grant program will help build, maintain county veterans service offices State Rep. Ben Frederick co-sponsored legislation introduced recently providing financial incentive to encourage Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices. Frederick, who represents a portion of Saginaw and Shiawassee counties in the Michigan House, said Saginaw County is one of 11 counties in…