Rep. Frederick: Transparent government is a priority

State Rep. Ben Frederick on Thursday voted in favor of a bipartisan 11-bill legislative package to make the Legislature and executive branch of state government more transparent to the public. Frederick, of Owosso, said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement…

Frederick bill to protect special-needs children gains House approval

State Rep. Ben Frederick’s bill to offer an added layer of protection for special-needs children received unanimous approval today from the Michigan House of Representatives. The Owosso representative’s first bill approved by the House gives the parent or guardian of a special-needs child the option to place the child’s photograph and fingerprints on file with…

Horvath, Lamb address House panel on truck length legislation

Rep. Frederick bill enhances worker safety, cuts costs Businesses hauling agricultural field drainage tubing on Michigan’s state highways could employ safer, more efficient truck and trailer combinations under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ben Frederick that is under consideration by the Michigan House Agriculture Committee. Frederick’s bill creates an exemption for businesses hauling the drainage…

Rep. Frederick supports initiative to give students more class choice

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso is co-sponsoring a merit curriculum legislative initiative that will give high school students more flexibility in their education choices. “High school is about preparing our kids for life after graduation and that’s what these four bills help do,” Frederick said. “We need to give students with an aptitude for…

Shiawassee County sheriff’s deputy speaks in support of Frederick’s bill

Legislation adds layer of protection for people with special needs State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today was joined by Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Chapman and Sen. Rick Jones to speak before the House Judiciary Committee in support of legislation offering another layer of protection for children with special needs. The bills, introduced by…

Frederick: House’s new action plan moves Michigan in right direction

Representative pleased to see increased focus on skilled-trades training State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, joined his colleagues today for a press conference outlining key principles and priorities that will guide the House over the next two years. Frederick, who served on the Policy Development Workgroup, said he’s pleased with the overall direction of the…

Rep. Frederick seeks input from community members

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today invited local residents to meet with him during office hours this month in Owosso and Merrill. “I want to hear about what matters most to people in our community because my job, first and foremost, is to be their voice at the Capitol,” Frederick said. “The more input…

Frederick bill to name portion of M-71 after fallen Corunna soldier

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, has introduced legislation to rename a portion of a state highway after Pfc. Shane Cantu, a Corunna native who died while serving on active duty in Afghanistan. House Bill 4168 renames the portion of M-71 between the eastern city limit of Owosso and the western city limit of Corunna…

Frederick lauds plan to increase government transparency

Bipartisan bills subject governor’s office, legislature to open records rules State Rep. Ben Frederick today joined his fellow representatives for a press conference to announce a bipartisan package giving the public more access to information from state government. Frederick, of Owosso, co-sponsored the reform plan, which makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the…

Rep. Frederick’s first bill protects children with special needs

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today introduced legislation to offer families with special-needs children a new service that could be utilized in the event of a lost or missing child. House Bill 4137, Frederick’s first bill, gives the parent or guardian of a special-needs child the option to place a child’s photograph and fingerprints…

Rep. Frederick to lead Workforce and Talent Development Committee

Freshman representative will also serve on three key committees State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, has been appointed by Speaker Tom Leonard to serve as chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. “There are tens of thousands of well-paying skilled jobs available in our state,” Frederick said.  “Whether it is students having access…

Rep. Frederick statement on governor’s State of the State address

State Rep. Ben Frederick, R-Owosso, issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address: “Gov. Snyder’s address illustrated how far Michigan’s economy has come in the past six years, but he also recognized the need to keep moving forward to improve the quality of life for Michigan families who are…