House plan protects Michigan deer from deadly disease

State Reps. Jim Lower, Tom Barrett and Thomas Albert today introduced a proactive plan to protect Michigan deer from chronic wasting disease. Chronic wasting disease, a lethal illness that has decimated deer, elk and moose populations in other states, was first identified in Michigan in May 2015. As of March 2018, 57 free-ranging deer have…

Rep.Lower: Prisons, state interests must be protected from drone interference

The Michigan House recently approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake as part of a larger legislative package crafting needed state guidelines for drones. Lower’s bill, House Bill 5498, offers a sentencing guideline making intentional drone interference with a key facility up to a four-year felony. The legislation is in…

Reps. Lower, Hammoud introduce bipartisan bills to protect Michigan’s fresh water

Plan addresses septic tank failures State Reps. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake and Abdullah Hammoud of Dearborn have introduced legislation to improve inspection and maintenance of septic systems. Under current state law, Michigan doesn’t even define the malfunction or failure of an onsite wastewater treatment system, and the proposal would establish specific standards. “This plan…

Rep. Lower votes to give credit for high school internships

Lawmaker: Real world experience will help students in our region State Rep. Jim Lower today voted to expand options for high school students to earn course credit with completion of an internship or work study program. “We have more and more opportunities in Montcalm and Gratiot counties to help high school and college students to…

Rep. Lower hosts March office hours

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake announced his in-district office hours for the month of March. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: Friday, March 23 Noon to 1 p.m. at the St. Louis City Hall, 300 N. Mill St. in St. Louis. Monday, March 26 9 to 10 a.m….

Rep. Lower bill establishing state drone laws passes House committee vote

The House Committee on Communications and Technology today unanimously advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake as part of a larger legislative package crafting needed state guidelines for drones. Lower’s bill, House Bill 5498, offers a sentencing guideline making intentional drone interference with a key facility up to a four-year…

Rep. Lower helps bring quicker solution to road funding challenges

Proposal will provide more funding to fix roads in Gratiot and Montcalm Counties State Rep. Jim Lower today joined his colleagues in the Michigan House to unanimously advance legislation that will benefit roadways in central Michigan as early as this summer. The $175 million proposal provides additional money for road preservation and construction projects. “It’s…

Rep. Lower announces February office hours

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has set his local office hours for the month of February. The representative will be available at the following times and locations: Friday, Feb. 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Rusty Nail, 10002 E. Carson City Road in Carson City; Monday, Feb. 26 from 9 to…

Legislators: New system needed to hold university boards accountable

Proposal allows voters to weigh in on framework for selecting trustees State Reps. James Lower, Rob VerHeulen and Michael Webber today said the time is right to consider changing the selection process for future members of the boards governing Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. The legislators testified before the…

Rep. Lower proposes increased accountability for university trustees

If approved by voters, current MSU trustees would be eliminated and replaced State Rep. James Lower today unveiled legislation calling for a constitutional amendment changing the selection process for future members of the boards governing Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, as well as the state school board. “I believe…

Rep. Lower introduces legislation clarifying drone regulation

Legislator: We must be on leading edge of monitoring growing aeronautical field State Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, this week introduced legislation within a package creating a new act relating to drones and other unmanned aircraft systems. According to a 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report, there were an estimated 2.5 million drones flying in…