Rep. Hoitenga mutilation ban bill signed into law by governor

A bipartisan bill package, led by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s legislation criminalizing female genital mutilation in Michigan was signed into law today. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Hoitenga’s bill specifically classifies the procedure as a felony, with the legislative package also setting sentencing…

Rep. Hoitenga sponsors July office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her office hours for the month of July. “Meeting with people over the last six months has been incredibly informative for me,” said Rep. Hoitenga who represents Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties. “Listening to their concerns is my top priority and will help me be a better representative.”…

Rep. Hoitenga mutilation ban bill approved, headed to governor

The state House gave final approval of legislation sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga today, criminalizing female genital mutilation in Michigan as part of an eight-bill legislative package. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Hoitenga’s bill specifically classifies the procedure as a felony with…

House OKs Rep. Hoitenga bill cutting government regulation

A bill introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga related to business monitoring systems passed the Michigan House of Representatives today. Hoitenga’s bill would prohibit local ordinances from requiring a permit for business surveillance systems if a registered provider or licensed system contractor performs the work and the system is less than 50 volts. The work…

Northern caucus successful in closing school funding gap

The Michigan House’s Northern Michigan Caucus today declared victory in its efforts to close the school funding gap that has left rural schools at a disadvantage compared to the richer school districts in more populated areas. State Rep. Triston Cole, chair of the caucus, said legislators from Northern Michigan continually pressured school budget negotiators to…

Rep. Hoitenga bill approved, protects children from mutilation

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga voted to protect children today as the House approved a bipartisan legislative package with seven bills and one resolution to criminalize female genital mutilation in Michigan. Legislation sponsored by Hoitenga specifically prohibits the procedure, which classifies the offense as a felony with a partner bill including incarceration for up to 15…

Michigan House approves Hoitenga’s ‘right to carry’ legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga to give law-abiding citizens back their fundamental right to bear arms without a government-issued permit. Hoitenga’s legislation is part of a four-bill package that removes the penalties for carrying a concealed handgun without first obtaining a concealed pistol license. “People who…

Committee advances bills to ban female genital mutilation

The House Law and Justice Committee approved bipartisan legislation today to prevent female genital mutilation in Michigan, a week after hearing testimony from state representatives on the package that includes seven bills and one resolution. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, starting at the age of 4, which is intended to…

House committee advances Hoitenga’s ‘right to carry’ legislation

Representative: People shouldn’t have to ask permission to exercise Second Amendment rights State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s legislation enabling law-abiding citizens to carry concealed pistols without obtaining a government-issued permit was approved today by the House Judiciary Committee. Hoitenga’s legislation is part of a four-bill package that removes the penalties for carrying a concealed pistol without…

Bipartisan female protection bills assigned to House Law and Justice Committee

A bipartisan legislative package that criminalizes female genital mutilation was introduced in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday and has been assigned to the House Law and Justice Committee. “The committee looks forward to considering this important legislation,” said state Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the Law and Justice Committee. “We must do what…

Legislation introduced to ban female mutilation in Michigan

Female genital mutilation (FGM) would be criminalized in Michigan under bipartisan legislation submitted today in the state House of Representatives. “We must do what we can legislatively to prevent this inhumane act from occurring in Michigan,” said state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton. “This legislative package is incredibly comprehensive, addressing all possible factors related to…

Rep. Michele Hoitenga sponsors May office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga will sponsor office hours for residents of Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties in the month of May. “Being in touch with residents is one of my top priorities,” said Rep. Hoitenga of Manton. “I encourage anyone who has ideas or concerns about our state government to attend office hours on May…