Chatfield advances bills to end driver responsibility fees

Bipartisan package ends punitive, senseless penalties    State Rep. Lee Chatfield today voted in the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee to approve a bipartisan package of bills to eliminate driver responsibility fees by 2018 and forgive outstanding debt. Chatfield, of Levering, who chairs the committee, said driver responsibility fees were initiated by politicians in 2003 as…

Rep. Chatfield: Proactive local food tax ban helps families

Committee chair says measure has bipartisan support   State Rep. Lee Chatfield today joined his colleagues on the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee in voting for legislation that prohibits local governments from assessing a tax on the manufacture and sale of food and beverages. Chatfield, who chairs the committee, said the bill, a first of its…

Rep. Chatfield bill to return Michigan driver’s licenses, put thousands back to work

Ineffective charges lead to heavy burdens on families   State Rep. Lee Chatfield today introduced legislation as part of a package to reform and eliminate Michigan’s ineffective driver responsibility fees. Chatfield, of Levering, who serves as House Speaker Pro Tempore, said the fees were imposed by the last administration to help balance the state budget….

Rep. Chatfield announces office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet and Mackinac counties to join him during local office hours for the months of September and October. “Local office hours is just one way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve,” Rep. Chatfield said. “My staff and I have held office…

Rep. Chatfield hosts first responder for Sept. 11 Memorial Service

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, today was joined by Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Clarmont for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. “It is important…

House approves Chatfield bill averting election confusion in Sault Ste. Marie

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Lee Chatfield providing a one-time solution for communities dealing with a mix-up over the filing deadline for candidates seeking local office. Chatfield, of Levering, introduced the bill following a mistake in Sault Ste. Marie that would leave a number of candidates intending to…

Rep. Chatfield: School districts open doors with more state funding

Most N. Michigan districts receive higher amounts   State Rep. Lee Chatfield today said when Northern Michigan K-12 school districts open their doors and get classes underway, they will do so knowing they will receive the greatest amount of state funding than ever before. Chatfield, of Levering, said the all K-12 school districts will receive…

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…