Rep. Hoitenga continuing to fight for critical state funding

House approves new supplemental budget plan  State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today voted to restore key funding vetoed by the governor two months ago, protecting Michigan workers, veterans, children and families. The governor originally issued a total of 147 line-item vetoes within a budget proposal previously approved by the Legislature before the Oct. 1…

Rep. Hoitenga: Plan to end deer baiting ban sent to governor’s desk

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to restore the practice of baiting and feeding deer in Michigan has been sent to the governor for her consideration. The plan would end the ban issued by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in August 2018 amid concerns about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Hoitenga, of Manton, said…

Hoitenga plan ending licensure discrimination signed into law

A plan spearheaded by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga helping Michigan residents with felony convictions get back on their feet and further their careers has been signed into law today by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist. Gilchrist is serving as acting governor while Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is out of the country on a trade mission. House Bill…

Daylight Saving Time legislation springs forward

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, to eliminate the twice-yearly time change in Michigan was approved today by the House Commerce and Tourism Committee “Time change is a nuisance,” Hoitenga said. “Workers and students across our state have been hurt by it for decades. Not only is the practice antiquated, it’s…

House committee approves Rep. Hoitenga’s plan to allow deer baiting in Michigan

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to end the ban on baiting deer and elk in Michigan was approved today by the House Government Operations Committee. Hoitenga said the ban – issued by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in August 2018 amid concerns about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) – is hurting outdoor enthusiasts…

Rep. Hoitenga: Abuses of power have dire consequences for people in Northern Michigan

Legislator backs plan limiting State Administrative Board abilities State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today lent support for a new common-sense framework related to the state budget – preserving some State Administrative Board powers while preventing future gubernatorial abuse of the system regardless of who holds the governor’s office. The plan relates to a board…

Hoitenga plan restoring Second Amendment rights clears House committee

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today approved state Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan implementing Constitutional Carry in Michigan. Hoitenga’s measure is part of a five-bill package that would eliminate current restrictions and penalties associated with carrying concealed weapons. “This is about giving people back their fundamental right to bear arms and ensure law-abiding…

Rep. Hoitenga: Historic ‘Raise the Age’ reforms advance to governor’s desk

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Hoitenga, of Manton, said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit…

Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to upcoming office hours

Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced October office hours for residents of Wexford and Mecosta counties and part of Osceola County. “I hope to see everyone at my upcoming office hours,” Hoitenga said. “I will be providing an update on what is happening in Lansing and answering any questions you may have.” Rep. Hoitenga’s office…

Rep. Hoitenga: Governor’s cuts to Legislature’s budget plan will make things harder for Michigan residents and their families

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cutting hundreds of millions of dollars from a Legislature-approved budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, including 147 line-item vetoes: “All summer and as we approached the Oct. 1 constitutional budget deadline, the governor expressed concerns that the budget…

Rep. Hoitenga votes for tactical state spending over steep tax increases

Legislator: Budget plan tailored to what Michigan, residents can afford State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in roads and bridges, public health and safety, and strengthening communities – without raising taxes. The approval votes are the latest in the Legislature’s work to have…

Rep. Hoitenga: Funding for students now on governor after school aid budget approved

House lends bipartisan support for finalized proposal State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today joined her colleagues in approving the Legislature’s school aid budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, including the largest investment for students in state history. The plan provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools without a tax increase. Per-pupil…