Rep. Frederick votes to bring transparency, accountability to petition initiative process

State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to support multiple pieces of legislation to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency. Frederick, of Owosso, said the bills, sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans, keep the grassroots lawmaking process in place with critical improvements that give voters in rural communities…

Rep. Frederick votes in favor of giving communities more control over fireworks

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso joined his colleagues in the Michigan House last week voting to give local communities more control over the sale, use and safety of consumer-grade fireworks within their borders. House Bills 5939-5941 help resolve the recurrent problems troubling cities, townships and villages since the legalization of fireworks in 2011.  The…

Rep. Frederick’s plan helps finance local road projects

Michigan House approves measure to help fix state’s infrastructure The Michigan House today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Ben Frederick to help counties, cities and villages by giving them access to additional funds to fix roads. Frederick’s plan clarifies the ability to fund road projects from the State Infrastructure Bank. “This plan helps communities…

Rep. Frederick supports plan to help troubled Michigan youth

Legislation establishes juvenile mental health courts State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to support an innovative plan to create specialized juvenile mental health courts in Michigan. Frederick, of Owosso, said mental health courts successfully help struggling adults address their problems through court-based treatment programs, reducing recidivism in Michigan. A mental health court for adults is…

Rep. Frederick to help shape House committee assignments

Legislator will serve on temporary Committee on Committees State Rep. Ben Frederick will play a key role in recommending House committee assignments for the 2019-20 Michigan House legislative session after being named a member of the Committee on Committees by Speaker-elect Rep. Lee Chatfield. Frederick, of Owosso, said he is looking forward to helping establish…

Rep. Frederick celebrates donation to Grove Holman Park

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Ben Frederick (center) was recently joined by Owosso Parks and Recreation Chairman Mike Espich (left) and AT&T Director of External Affairs Andrew Solon (right) as Espich accepted a $2,500 donation from the company. The donation will go toward a skate park project at Grove Holman Park. A groundbreaking is expected in…

Rep. Frederick part of local delegation to discuss Project TIM in Washington, D.C.

Local officials urge support for major industrial development   State Rep. Ben Frederick helped represent Shiawassee County at a meeting with White House officials on June 26 to discuss efforts to bring jobs to the region.  Also representing the area were Congressman John Moolenaar, Dr. Brian Boggs of the Durand City Council, Durand City Manager…

Rep. Frederick highlights importance of upcoming Buy Michigan Week

Underlining the positive and powerful impact that buying Michigan-made products can have on state and local economies, state Rep. Ben Frederick is encouraging local residents to consider buying locally made products and services during Buy Michigan Week – set to run from July 28-Aug. 5. While sometimes overlooked or undervalued, purchasing goods and services locally…

Rep. Frederick invites residents to July office hours

State Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso will hold local office hours for the month of July. “Office hours are an opportunity for residents to meet with me and ask questions, offer ideas, or share thoughts regarding state government,” Frederick said. “I want residents to know I am invested in them and effectively representing their interests…

Rep. Frederick: New laws will expand education, opportunities to high school students

Plan approved to give course credit for internship, work-study programs State Rep. Ben Frederick today voiced his support for new Michigan laws allowing high school students to participate in an internship or work study co-op program for credit toward their diploma. “Hands-on experience is valuable in every profession and we should encourage any high school…