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…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his April coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of April. “Holding coffee hours every month provides an opportunity to inform the community on what is going on in Lansing and answer their questions regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall…

Rep. VanderWall encourages applicants for Fostering Futures Scholarship

State Rep. Curt VanderWall is encouraging all those eligible to apply for the Michigan Department of Treasury’s Fostering Futures Scholarship. The Fostering Futures Scholarship is a scholarship program for young adults that have experienced foster care. Eligible students enrolled at a Michigan degree granting college or university are welcome to apply for the scholarship by…

VanderWall: Grant program vital to Northern Michigan veteran services

State Rep. Curt VanderWall joined the Michigan House of Representatives last week in overwhelmingly approving legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under the legislation VanderWall is helping sponsor, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000, plus an additional…