Rep. Hoitenga helps deliver tax relief to Michigan residents

Michigan House approves bills preserving, increasing personal exemptions State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton voted on Wednesday to advance bills providing broad income tax relief to individuals and families in Michigan. The bills maintain personal exemption ability for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes and increases the exemption amount, potentially saving families…

Rep. Hoitenga: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees

Bills forgive debt, offer path to driver’s license   State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voted for legislation to end senseless driver responsibility fees that served no purpose other than keeping hundreds of thousands of families in dire financial straits. Hoitenga, of Manton, said a past administration enacted the fees 15 years ago when it needed…

Rep. Hoitenga sponsors bill giving counties grants for local veteran services

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton cosponsored legislation Wednesday, authored by state Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare, encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under the measure, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on…

Rep. Hoitenga bills provide components within needed drone guidelines

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, chair of the House Committee on Communications and Technology, this week introduced a legislative package creating a new act relating to drones and other unmanned aircraft systems. A 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report estimated 2.5 million drones were being operated nationwide for a variety of purposes, including hobbyist and commercial. That…

Rep. Hoitenga hosts February office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her office hours for the month of February for Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties. “I believe it is important to keep my commitment of staying accessible for the people I represent,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “Office hours are a great way to be available to my community and I…

Rep. Hoitenga endorses needed upgrades to Michigan’s 9-1-1 system

Bill advanced Tuesday through House committee in bipartisan fashion State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, chair of the House Committee on Communications and Technology, today stressed the need for increased emergency phone service capabilities to improve safety – notably a program labeled “Next Generation 9-1-1”. Michigan’s current 9-1-1 system is nearly 40 years old and was not…

Rep. Hoitenga welcomes local probate court judge to State of the State address

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Michele Hoitenga (right), of Manton, welcomed Judge Tyler Thompson of Michigan’s 18th Probate Court to the State of the State address on Tuesday at the State Capitol Building in Lansing. Thompson presides over Osceola and Mecosta counties. Gov. Rick Snyder addressed members of both legislative chambers and their guests to lay…

Rep. Hoitenga applauds work of House mental health task force

Legislator optimistic about changes on the horizon State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today said she looks forward to the many legislative changes that will result from the House’s mental health task force report unveiled this week, which includes recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system. The bipartisan task force spent five months…

Rep. Hoitenga bill establishes option for lifetime concealed pistol license

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga this week introduced legislation offering Michigan residents who can legally own a gun the option to obtain a concealed pistol license with no expiration date. Hoitenga, of Manton, said Michigan needs to remove hurdles for law-abiding citizens who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights. “The state and federal constitutions give…

Rep. Hoitenga votes to give residents tax relief when buying vehicles with trade-ins

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with her House colleagues. The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions…

Rep. Hoitenga to attend Legislative town hall

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton will attend the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Town Hall this January. “I am looking forward to this town hall event,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “It is a great way for people to come and share their ideas and concerns about state government. I believe this is a…

Rep. Hoitenga says two state recreation grants recommended

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended state grants to improve recreational areas in Mecosta and Wexford counties. Hoitenga, of Manton, said the board recommends developments on two segments of the White Pine Trail system. Funding for the projects is comprised of revenue from the lease of…