Rep. Hoitenga working on school snow day issue

Legislator: Schools shouldn’t have to choose between safety and funding State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, is working on a policy fix for the current snow day issue affecting schools across Michigan. Current law requires schools to hold 180 school days and 1,098 classroom hours each year to receive state funding. Hoitenga’s proposal would allow…

Rep. Hoitenga: Rural broadband expansion, car insurance reforms needed for Michigan

Legislator reiterates top priorities following Tuesday’s State of the State State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, underscored issues she continues to fight for in the Michigan Legislature after attending Tuesday night’s State of the State address. Michigan’s controversial no-fault system forces more than seven million drivers throughout the state to pay the highest car insurance…

Rep. Hoitenga announces grant to eliminate blight in Cadillac

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga announced today the city of Cadillac will receive over $830,000 for the removal of blight at a downtown Cadillac site. The grant was awarded from the Michigan Strategic Fund and Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The money is from a federal grant program that utilizes funds appropriated by the U.S. Department of…

Rep. Hoitenga initiative stops licensure discrimination

Michigan residents with felony convictions will have the opportunity to gain employment in the insurance industry under a plan introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga. Current law does not allow anyone convicted of any felony to become a licensed insurance agent in Michigan. Under Hoitenga’s plan, the Department of Insurance and Financial Services would no…

Rep. Hoitenga to once again chair House Communications and Technology Committee

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga will continue her work to increase broadband capability for every corner of the state while also addressing other technological issues that arise within Michigan during the new legislative term. Hoitenga will chair the five-member House Communications and Technology Committee during the 2019-20 legislative session. She also served as committee chair during…

Rep. Hoitenga’s plan for needed state drone guidelines signed into law

A pair of recently signed bills proposed by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga will protect state interests through the establishment of state laws for drones. House Bill 5494, which became Public Act 444 of 2018, declares drone use as an extension of the person in instances of criminal activity. Illegal activity carried out with the use…

Rep. Hoitenga’s proposals provide Michigan with needed drone guidelines

The Michigan Senate today approved a pair of bills proposed by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga as part of a legislative package protecting state interests through the establishment of state laws for drones. House Bill 5494 declares drone use as an extension of the person in instances of criminal activity. Illegal activity carried out with the…

Rep. Hoitenga: Michigan House approves resolution calling for crackdown on robocalls

The Michigan House today approved Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s resolution calling for more power to stop unwanted robocalls and solicitations. Hoitenga’s resolution asks Congress to grant additional authority to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crack down on the phone calls bothering households from coast to coast. “These calls are annoying and, in some cases, illegal,”…

Rep. Hoitenga: Line 5 tunnel the best option for Northern Michigan

Representative supports plan forming new tunnel oversight panel State Rep. Michele Hoitenga said a plan approved today in the Michigan House with bipartisan support will protect the Great Lakes by providing proper oversight for the new underground infrastructure corridor in the Straits of Mackinac. Hoitenga, of Manton, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a…

Rep. Hoitenga to host December office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her final office hours of 2018 for Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties. “I believe it is important to keep my commitment of staying accessible to the people I represent,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I encourage everyone to attend and voice their thoughts or questions about our state government as…

Rep. Hoitenga named to important House panel

Michigan House Speaker-elect Lee Chatfield recently announced that state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, will serve on the newly created Policy Action Plan Committee within the Michigan House. The temporary, 14-member panel will work with incoming Republican members to develop policy ideas for the upcoming legislative term and construct an updated House Republican action plan….

Rep. Hoitenga’s occupational licensing reform bill approved by Michigan House

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved a plan sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga making it easier for an individual applying for a state occupational license to have his or her application accepted based on a determination of his or her moral character. Hoitenga’s legislation, House Bill 6112, is part of a bipartisan,…