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…

House unveils bipartisan transparency package

People deserve access to public information   State Reps. Lee Chatfield and Jeremy Moss today unveiled a bipartisan legislative package to increase government transparency by subjecting the legislative and executive branches to open records acts. Chatfield, of Levering, who serves as speaker pro tempore, said the 11-bill package will subject the Legislature to a new…

Chatfield to chair new top House committee

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, was appointed chair of the newly-created Michigan Competitiveness Committee by House Speaker Tom Leonard. “Making sure Michigan is well-positioned to compete and win is a top priority,” Chatfield said. “We will chart the best way forward that creates opportunities and attracts people back to our state to live and work, as well…

Chatfield applauds increased House transparency

People deserve to know how their taxes are used State Rep. Lee Chatfield today said posting the salaries of representatives and House staff on the Michigan House of Representatives’ website helps make state government more accountable to the people of Northern Michigan. Chatfield, of Levering, said the salary database is the first step this legislative…

Rep. Chatfield announces January office hours

State Representative Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of January.   “The most important part of my job as a state Representative is listening to and acting upon the needs and concerns of the entire district,” said Rep. Chatfield. “That’s why my…