Northern caucus successful in closing school funding gap

The Michigan House’s Northern Michigan Caucus today declared victory in its efforts to close the school funding gap that has left rural schools at a disadvantage compared to the richer school districts in more populated areas. State Rep. Triston Cole, chair of the caucus, said legislators from Northern Michigan continually pressured school budget negotiators to…

Rep. Chatfield announces May, June office hours

State Representative Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the months of May and June. “Hosting local office hours is just one way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve,” said Rep. Chatfield. “My staff and I have held office hours every…

Rep. Chatfield introduces bill to eliminate pistol registration mandate

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, today introduced legislation to eliminate the existing mandate requiring pistols to be registered with the state. The speaker pro-tem’s bill makes pistol registration optional, eliminates the $250 fine for not registering and allows previously registered pistol owners to request their information be removed from the database. “There is no…

House adopts Rep. Chatfield’s resolution to build new Soo Lock

Measure urges president, Congress to provide funding   PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering today spoke in support of House Concurrent Resolution 2, which he introduced and the full Michigan House adopted with strong bipartisan support. The resolution calls on the president and Congress to fully fund construction of a second lock at…

Panel approves Chatfield’s resolution urging construction of new lock

Representative: Soo Locks play key role in national economy State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s resolution supporting the construction of a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie received unanimous, bipartisan support today from the House Commerce and Trade Committee. The resolution supports the construction of a new lock capable of accommodating large modern vessels and urges the…

Rep. Chatfield announces March, April office hours

State Representative Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the months of March and April. “One way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve is by hosting local office hours throughout the district,” said Rep. Chatfield. “It’s invaluable that I listen…

Rep. Chatfield lauds passage of open government legislation

State Rep. Lee Chatfield today joined his colleagues in overwhelming support of bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable to the people it serves. Chatfield, of Levering, introduced a measure in the 11-bill package, which makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement…

Rep. Chatfield bill, transparency package approved by committee

Legislation by state Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering was part of government transparency package that the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee approved today. Collectively, the 11-bill package will extend jurisdiction of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to include the governor and lieutenant governor and create the Legislative Open Records Act which places the Legislature under…

Chatfield introduces resolution to declare March 2017 as Donate Life Month

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, who serves as speaker pro tempore, introduced a resolution yesterday to declare March 2017 as Donate Life Month in the state of Michigan. Chase Fairbairn’s life was changed at just 11 years old when he suffered a cardiac arrest on the soccer field in his hometown of Harbor Springs. Thankfully,…

Michigan House committee approves income tax rollback

A landmark proposal to give every Michigan worker income tax relief was approved by a  House committee today in Lansing. The plan would lower the state’s personal income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 3.9 percent in 2018, resulting in a savings of almost $1 billion a year by 2019. The tax rate…

Rep. Chatfield announces February office hours

State Representative Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of February. “It’s important for me to meet with concerned individuals in person to really discover their needs and find ways to better serve them in Lansing,” said Chatfield. “My staff and I have…