Rep. Lower participates in panel discussion on rural issues

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake attended the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Boston this weekend on behalf of the Michigan House of Representatives. Lower participated in a focus group tasked with examining workforce challenges facing rural communities throughout the United States. The panel explored ideas for generating new opportunities…

Rep. Lower announces July office hours

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake today announced his July in-district office hours schedule. Rep. Lower will be available at the following times and locations: Thursday, July 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Margo’s Family Restaurant, 215 S. Lafayette St. in Greenville; and Saturday, July 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Wendy’s,…

Rep. Lower votes in support of key legislation moving to House floor

State Rep. James Lower of Cedar Lake, chair of the House Local Government Committee, voted in support of a trio of bills before the committee on Wednesday. Lower was active in guiding House Bills 4105 and 4334 to the House floor for further consideration. The bills create two separate acts to prohibit local units of…

House approves ‘right to carry’ legislation co-sponsored by Lower

State Rep. Jim Lower voted along with a majority of his colleagues in the Michigan House of Representatives on Wednesday to approve legislation giving legal gun owners back their fundamental right to bear arms without a government-issued permit. Lower, of Cedar Lake, co-sponsored the four-bill package, which removes the penalties for carrying a concealed handgun…

Rep. Lower supports package to give students more class choice

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake voted for Merit Curriculum bill package today, giving students and their families added options toward graduation and post-high school career preparation. “This legislation gives more control to the students while also helping our state get more professionals in skilled trades and information technology,” Lower said. “We’ve discussed the…

Rep. Lower votes to open state government to more scrutiny

State Rep. Jim Lower today voted for a bipartisan legislative package to make state government more accountable to Michigan residents. Lower, of Cedar Lake, said the 11-bill package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative…

Rep. Lower supports package to give students more class choice

State Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake is co-sponsoring merit curriculum legislation that gives students more flexibility in their high school educational choices and preparation for post-graduation careers. “We have the resources in Montcalm and Gratiot counties to prepare the next generation in skilled trades, which will meet the growing demand we have right now…

Rep. Lower announces offices hours across Montcalm, Gratiot counties

State Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, has set his office hours schedule for February, March, April and May to give the residents of Montcalm and Gratiot counties plenty of opportunities to connect with their state government. “I’m working as a representative of my neighbors, so it’s incredibly important to make certain everyone has the…

Rep. Lower: Farms are key to our region and state’s future

State Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, stood with his fellow Republican representatives at the Capitol today as the 2017-18 House Action Plan was announced during a news conference. While Lower saw several areas that will serve as the best way forward for all of Michigan, he also recognized what works best for Montcalm and…

Rep. Lower to serve as chair of Local Government committee

Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, will be chair of the House Local Government Committee for the current 2017-18 session. Today’s announcement by House Speaker Tom Leonard also includes Lower’s selection as a member of the Energy, Communications and Technology, Tax Policy, and Capitol committees. “It’s time for us as a state to take a…

Rep. Lower seeks to highlight Montcalm, Gratiot counties in office

State Rep. Jim Lower, of Cedar Lake, is seeking to bring more of Montcalm County and northern Gratiot County to his legislative office by hosting a photography contest. “We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful region of the state with family-friendly downtowns and lake areas,” Lower said. “I am looking forward to highlighting…

Rep. Lower encourages 70th District residents to contact his Lansing office

State Rep. James Lower has officially opened his Lansing office and says he is here to serve the people of the 70th District. “I’m excited to announce the opening of my Lansing office” said Rep. Lower, R-Cedar Lake. “My staff and I are here to help the people of Montcalm and Gratiot counties with issues…