Rep. Hoitenga: ‘Raise the Age’ reforms approved by House committee

Plan ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in court The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to improve the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Hoitenga, who sponsored the plan alongside a bipartisan group of her colleagues, said Michigan is one of just four…

Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to April office hours

Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her April office hours for residents of Wexford and Mecosta counties and part of Osceola County. “I look forward to another round of office hours,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “These conversations help me reinforce the solutions that are running smoothly and notify me of the issues that need to be…

Rep. Hoitenga votes to make state government more accountable

Plan extends open record requirements to governor, Legislature State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Hoitenga, of Manton, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal, which she co-sponsored. “Transparency at all levels of government is an absolute necessity,” said…

Rep. Hoitenga proposal protects private property rights

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, recently introduced a plan addressing drone usage guidelines for the state’s Department of Natural Resources. House Bill 4300 states the DNR, or a person acting on its behalf, cannot utilize a drone to surveil, inspect or collect information about private property without consent, a warrant or probable cause. “Currently,…

Hoitenga: Time’s up on switching our clocks

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today introduced a bill to eliminate the twice-yearly time change in Michigan. “Time change has been a nuisance to workers and students across Michigan for decades,” Hoitenga said. “The practice is antiquated and impractical, serving no real purpose. It’s time we put an end to it.” Hoitenga went on,…

Rep. Hoitenga votes to expand recreational opportunities statewide

Proposal includes development in Mecosta County State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today voted in favor of a plan to construct a rustic campground development in Mecosta County as part of wide-ranging legislation advancing through the Michigan House. The $50,000 included in the legislation will help build the campground at Fork Township Park, located north…

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…