Rep. Chatfield proposes fix for Sault Ste. Marie election mix-up

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, today introduced legislation to offer a one-time solution for communities dealing with a mix-up over the filing deadline for candidates seeking local office. “Elections play a key role in the democratic process, and it’s extremely important that all citizens have the opportunity to have their voices heard,” Chatfield said….

Rep. Chatfield: Asian carp study released, now it’s time for action

State State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, today said the release of a study considering options for preventing the spread of Asian carp is just the first step, and swift action is needed to prevent the invasive species from entering the Great Lakes. The long-awaited report from the Army Corps of Engineers assesses the viability…

Rep. Chatfield: MDOT accelerates Cut River Bridge repair project

Inspection reveals poor condition of span on U.S. 2   State Rep. Lee Chatfield today said the Michigan Department of Transportation moved up plans to begin structural steel repairs on a bridge spanning the Cut River in Mackinac County because the bridge’s condition made it unsafe for traffic. Chatfield, of Levering, said the $1.3 million…

Rep. Chatfield, Sen. Schmidt host Soo Locks tour July 18

Event brings attention to vital need for new passageway   State Rep. Lee Chatfield and state Sen. Wayne Schmidt will host a tour of the Soo Locks for fellow state legislators to demonstrate the need for a new lock at the Sault Ste. Marie facility. Chatfield, of Levering, and Schmidt, of Traverse City, are inviting…

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…