Rep. VanderWall announces July coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for July coffee hours. “I look forward to meeting with the community to hear their questions and ideas about state government,” VanderWall said. “I invite all residents to attend coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations: Monday, July…

Rep. VanderWall-supported law gives high school students credit for internships

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today announced a new state law will allow high school students to earn course credit for completing an internship or work-study program, citing the need for expanding education beyond the classroom. “We have to give our state’s future generations more opportunities to learn and gain real-world experience, not just expect success…

Rep. VanderWall amends online gaming bill to help fund schools

House gives approval to plan, sends it to Senate   The Michigan House has approved a plan to regulate online gaming, including an amendment submitted by state Rep. Curt VanderWall to direct 5 percent of revenue from gaming to the School Aid Fund. VanderWall, of Ludington, supported the measure, which will allow online gambling only…

Rep. VanderWall announces June coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for June coffee hours. “My top priority is to listen to questions and concerns the residents of Mason, Manistee, Benzie, and Leelanau counties may have regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I invite all residents to attend coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at…

House OKs VanderWall plan allowing carry-out licenses for smaller towns

Lawmaker said limits based on population are too restrictive   The Michigan House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall that allows carry-out beer and wine (specially designated merchant) licenses to be issued in towns with populations below 1,000 people. Rep. VanderWall, of Ludington, said current law allows for the…

Rep. VanderWall helps advance funding for regional recreation projects

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today advanced plans to add nearly $50 million to recreation projects in Michigan, including five projects in Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the regional projects total more than $13.8 million. Funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual…

Rep. VanderWall announces May coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for May coffee hours. “I have held coffee hours every month since being elected so I can keep the community informed and answer any questions they may have regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall…

VanderWall announces new grant opportunity for local beekeepers

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today said a new grant is available to help local beekeepers prevent bears from raiding their apiaries. VanderWall, of Ludington, helped secure the grant funding during the state budget process last year after hearing from local beekeepers who were having problems with bears. “Black bears are known to wipe out apiaries….

Rep. VanderWall: There will be no kayak tax in Michigan

Legislator leads the effort in opposing annual paddle watercraft fees The House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee today approved a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Curt VanderWall opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. VanderWall, said people should…

VanderWall plan to extend ag disaster loan program signed into law

State Rep. Curt VanderWall’s plan to extend a low-interest loan program for struggling farmers after agricultural disasters was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. The disaster loan program allows growers and producers to receive assistance to alleviate the financial impact of crop damage caused by natural disasters. It was created after a crop disaster…