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…

Rep. Lower joined by local officials for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Lower (left), of Cedar Lake, invited Montcalm County Register of Deeds Lori Wilson (center) and Michael Mazzola (right) of the Stanton City Commission as his guests for Tuesday’s State of the State address inside Lansing’s State Capitol building. Gov. Rick Snyder presented his plans and goals for the upcoming year…

Rep. Lower sets January office hours

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake has announced his January in-district office hours. Rep. Lower will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, Jan. 22 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Margo’s Family Restaurant, 215 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville; Monday, Jan. 22 from 12 to 1 p.m. – Legislative Update at…

Rep. Lower and wife Kristen welcome birth of first child

State Rep. Jim Lower and his wife Kristen welcomed their first child to the world this week. Aaron James Lower was born at 3:46 a.m. on Dec. 18 at Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Gratiot in Alma, weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces. “This blessing from God joins us just in time for Christmas, and we could not be…

Rep. Lower invites residents to chronic wasting disease townhall

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake is inviting residents of Montcalm County to a townhall event on chronic wasting disease on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Montcalm County Fairgrounds, 8784 Peck Road in Greenville at the Ash Foundation Building. “The discovery of chronic wasting disease in our area is…

Michigan House approves Lower’s Sandhill crane hunting resolution

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake today praised his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives for approving his resolution calling for the establishment of a hunting season to address Sandhill crane overpopulation. House Resolution 154 encourages the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to add Sandhill cranes to the game species list and seek approval…

Rep. Lower’s Sandhill crane hunting resolution advances

The House Natural Resources Committee today advanced state Rep. Jim Lower’s resolution encouraging the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to add Sandhill cranes to the game species list and seek approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to establish a hunting season in Michigan. Michigan is home to an increasing population of Sandhill cranes, with…