Rep. Frederick plan grants relief for school closures during state emergencies

State Rep. Ben Frederick today announced he is working on a solution to help school districts throughout Michigan that have exceeded the number of snow days allowed for the year. Frederick, of Owosso, said school districts should be held harmless for closures that occur during a declared state of emergency. “The extremely cold temperatures combined…

Rep. Frederick announces significant investments in Durand and Laingsburg

Rep. Ben Frederick of Owosso announced two major investments in the cities of Durand and Laingsburg by the Michigan Strategic Fund as part of the Community Development Block Grant program. The fund will invest $1,516,500 in Durand and $1,235,800 in Laingsburg. “I applaud the Michigan Strategic Fund for awarding these grants to two very deserving…

Rep. Frederick to serve on four vital House committees

State Rep. Ben Frederick will serve on the Health Policy, Energy, Insurance and Regulatory Reform committees during the 2019-20 legislative session. Committee appointments were announced last week by House Speaker Lee Chatfield. “These assignments give me an opportunity to address a wide range of issues that matter to people throughout mid-Michigan,” Frederick said. “I will…

Rep. Frederick to play key role in effort to reform auto insurance

State Rep. Ben Frederick has been appointed to serve on a new committee specifically tasked with crafting a solution to lower auto insurance rates for Michigan drivers. Frederick, of Owosso, said the temporary House special committee will focus on auto insurance and work to deliver a lasting remedy to one of the most pressing issues…

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…