Rep. VanderWall co-sponsors measure calling for July 1 budget

Legislators would be docked pay for missing deadline   State Rep. Curt VanderWall recently signed on as a co-sponsor of a resolution changing the deadline for completion of the state budget to July 1. VanderWall, of Ludington, said House Joint Resolution X amends the Michigan Constitution by requiring the Legislature to present a balanced budget…

Rep. VanderWall votes to modernize disability windshield placard

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation supported by state Rep. Curt VanderWall updating the application process for a windshield disability placard. Michigan statute currently requires that a disability windshield placard display the first letter and the last three digits of a person’s driver’s license number, or the first letter and the last four…

VanderWall bill offers more flexibility for ice shanty owners

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall increases the flexibility of rules regulating ice shanties placed on Michigan waterways. VanderWall’s bill gives the Michigan Department of Natural Resources the ability to adjust ice shanty removal dates each year based on weather conditions. Current law sets precise dates by which ice shanties must be removed from…

Rep. VanderWall casts vote to prohibit local taxes on food

Levies would hurt families, farmers, job creators   State Rep. Curt VanderWall today voted for a bill prohibiting local governments from imposing excise taxes on food and beverages. VanderWall, of Ludington, said a local tax on food would have a devastating impact on families that are already struggling to put food on the table. He…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to October coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall welcomes residents to join him for upcoming coffee hours during the month of October. “I am committed to holding coffee hours every month,” said VanderWall of Ludington. “It is important for me to be accessible to people who have questions or concerns about state government.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at…

Rep. VanderWall: Bill would help historic landmark in downtown Manistee

Rep. Curt VanderWall testified today in support of his bill that would enhance civic, arts and social event opportunities in downtown Manistee and potentially other small towns across Michigan. VanderWall’s bill would lower the population threshold for local governments to receive special liquor licenses connected with a municipally owned civic center or auditorium. The legislation…

Rep. VanderWall: Proposal to lower auto insurance rates step in right direction

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today attended the announcement of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers. VanderWall is reviewing legislation introduced today that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to town hall event in Thompsonville

State Rep. Curt VanderWall will host a town hall on Monday, Sept. 25 for residents with questions regarding energy policy and no fault auto reform. “This event will provide an open forum for citizens to express and discuss their concerns regarding energy policy and no fault auto reform,” VanderWall said. “I look forward to having…

Rep. VanderWall promotes September as Family Meals Month

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today introduced House Resolution 148, which declares September as Family Meals Month in Michigan. Family Meals Month is a national effort to encourage families to share at least one meal a week around the table using items purchased from the grocery store. “When you eat together as a family you can…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his September coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall announces his upcoming coffee hours for the month of September. “Everyone deserves to have their voice heard by their elected officials,” VanderWall said. “I want to listen and address the questions and concerns that residents may have about state government.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:…

Rep. VanderWall joined by first responder for Sept. 11 ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, hosted Zeeland Firefighter Ty VanderWall as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.