Hoitenga calls proposed registration fees for kayaks, canoes ‘absurd’

Legislator opposes increased taxation for Michigan outdoor enthusiasts State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today expressed her disappointment with a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission to require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. “Don’t be fooled by the lingo in this proposal,” said Hoitenga, of Manton, “this registration…

Hoitenga plan to make pepper spray more accessible signed into law

Pepper spray will be more readily available for Michigan residents to carry for self-defense now that a reform introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga was recently signed into law. Hoitenga said Michigan’s previous self-defense spray regulations were too restrictive. “Most pepper spray products on the market could not be purchased or carried legally in Michigan,”…

Rep. Hoitenga’s unmanned aircraft bills fly through Michigan House

The Michigan House today approved a pair of bills proposed by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga as part of a legislative package establishing needed 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 use of a drone, such…

Rep. Hoitenga votes to give credit for high school internships

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voted to increase opportunities for high school students to earn course credit with completion of an internship or work study program. “Employers in Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties need students with real-world experience,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “This program will encourage students to take advantage of opportunities we have right…

Rep. Hoitenga pepper spray bill heads to governor

Legislation makes self-defense products more accessible in Michigan The Michigan Senate today unanimously approved state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s legislation making it easier for vulnerable people to obtain and carry pepper spray for self-defense in Michigan. Hoitenga said the maximum allowable concentration of oleoresin capsicum, the active ingredient in pepper spray, is currently 10 percent in…

Rep. Hoitenga helps House approve veteran service office grant program

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton today voted with her House colleagues to approve a measure encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. The legislation, which Hoitenga co-sponsors, will give each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements $25,000, plus an additional amount based…

Rep. Hoitenga commends movement of new, needed drone regulation

Legislator: Hard work being done will lead to results, clarity and information The House Committee on Communications and Technology today advanced a pair of bills proposed by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga as part of a larger legislative package establishing needed state guidelines for drones. “There’s a great desire for a centralized location for interested parties…

Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to March office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her March office hours schedule for the residents of Mecosta, Osceola and Wexford counties. “I have worked very hard to stay accessible to everyone I represent,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of local office hours and share any concerns or ideas involving our state…

Rep. Hoitenga votes to approve additional road funding statewide

Plan will streamline repairs for roads in Wexford, Mecosta, Osceola Counties State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today joined her colleagues in the Michigan House to advance legislation that will benefit roadways in Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola Counties. The $175 million proposal provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early as this summer….

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…