Rep. Hoitenga bill cuts government red tape regarding line relocation requirements

The House Communications and Technology Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton limiting requirements needed for broadband expansion work in rights-of-way. The bill waives permit fees and required studies for telecommunication and video service providers when relocating lines. County road commissions have jurisdiction over rights-of-way and often require…

Committee considers Rep. Hoitenga’s pepper spray legislation

Bill enables vulnerable people to protect themselves State Rep. Michele Hoitenga testified before the House Judiciary Committee today in support of legislation making it easier for vulnerable people to obtain and carry pepper spray for self-defense in Michigan. Hoitenga, of Manton, said her bill raises the maximum allowable concentration of oleoresin capsicum, the active ingredient…

Rep. Hoitenga hosts December office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton invites residents of Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties to her December office hours. “Holding office hours has played an important role in being an effective representative this year,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I look forward to ending 2017 on a positive note by holding multiple office hours throughout the area….

House approves legislation to support spouses of disabled veterans

Hoitenga: Bill would allow surviving spouses to keep disabled veteran license plates Legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga to allow a surviving spouse of a disabled veteran to continue to use their disabled veteran license plate was approved today by the Michigan House.  “As the mom of a Marine, I know just how much…

Rep. Hoitenga bill provides additional protections for vulnerable people

Legislation increases effectiveness of pepper spray in Michigan State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton recently introduced legislation to increase the effectiveness of pepper spray and provide added security for people who carry it for self-defense. Her bill raises the maximum concentration of oleoresin capsicum, the active ingredient in pepper spray, from 10 to 18 percent….

Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her November office hours schedule for the residents of Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties. “Local office hours are very important,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “Accessibility and communication are essential components in our government, and I am determined to be available for all the people I represent.” The office hours…

Rep. Hoitenga votes to eliminate driver responsibility fees

Debt forgiveness key aspect of bipartisan legislation   State Rep. Michele Hoitenga today joined a bipartisan majority of her House colleagues voting to end punitive driver responsibility fees and forgive outstanding debt. Hoitenga, of Manton, said the fees were imposed in 2003 when reckless spending by a previous administration left the Legislature desperate for funds….

Rep. Hoitenga bill limiting business monitoring regulation becomes law

A bill introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga easing regulation of permits for business monitoring systems was recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Hoitenga’s bill prohibits 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….

Rep. Hoitenga votes in favor of bill to guarantee lower car insurance rates

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton today joined the House Insurance Committee in approving legislation to guarantee lower car insurance rates for all Michigan drivers. Michigan currently has the highest car insurance rates in the United States. Hoitenga supports House legislation that will lower the cost of car insurance by offering motorists more personal injury…

Rep. Hoitenga sponsors October office hours

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her October office hours schedule for the residents of Wexford, Mecosta and Osceola counties. “I encourage everyone to attend local office hours,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “In order for me to be an effective representative, there needs to be open communication. Although I cover three counties, I work hard…

Rep. Hoitenga sponsors town hall on reforming auto insurance

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced she will sponsor a town hall event with special guest Rep. Lana Theis of Brighton to discuss auto no-fault insurance reform. “Reducing the rate of car insurance has been one of my priorities since taking office,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “I encourage people to attend, share their ideas and…

Rep. Hoitenga announces bipartisan plan to lower auto insurance rates in Michigan

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton today joined a bipartisan coalition announcing plans to fix Michigan’s broken auto insurance system and significantly lower rates for drivers. Michigan now has the highest auto insurance rates in the nation, and one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers. Hoitenga supports legislation that will lower the cost of…