Rep. VanderWall announces local recreation projects

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today announced three local recreation developments are included in legislation passed by the Michigan House. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund uses dedicated money to fund land acquisitions and development of parks, trails and other recreational facilities across the state. The projects are paid for by a…

Rep. VanderWall treats House colleagues to Ludington products

Legislator follows tradition after passage of first bill State Rep. Curt VanderWall today treated his fellow House members to muffins made by a Ludington bakery with cherries from a Ludington co-op. VanderWall, of Ludington, followed a Michigan House tradition of sharing a treat or product with other legislators highlighting his home district upon passage of…

Rep. VanderWall hosting coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents of Mason and Manistee counties to attend his upcoming coffee hours for the month of June. Coffee hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting. “I encourage people to come and meet with me if they have any questions or…

VanderWall bills encourage hunting in Michigan

Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Curt VanderWall creates additional opportunities to entice out-of-state hunters to choose Michigan as their outdoor recreation destination. In 2014, the state of Michigan consolidated all hunting licenses into a more streamlined offering. One of the changes made was the establishment of a seven-day license for small game hunting at a…

House approves VanderWall bill extending ag disaster loan program

State Rep. Curt VanderWall’s legislation to extend the agricultural disaster loan program was approved today by the Michigan House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support. The low-interest loan program, created after a crop disaster in 2012, provides the structure for financial institutions to offer assistance to farmers and agricultural producers to help alleviate the financial…

Rep. VanderWall announces June coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to attend his June coffee hours. This is a great opportunity for people to share their thoughts and concerns regarding state government. “Open and honest communication with my constituents is crucial to having a state government that is accountable,” VanderWall said. “I invite everyone to attend one…

Rep. VanderWall bill allows spouses of deceased veterans to keep special license plates

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today testified in support of his legislation to allow a widow or widower of a disabled veteran to continue to use their disabled veteran license plate. “It’s fitting that this testimony comes a day after Memorial Day”, said VanderWall of Ludington. “We remember veterans who gave their lives for our freedoms….

Rep. VanderWall’s bill tied to uninsured motorists approved

The House Insurance Committee approved a bill from state Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, today to require the Secretary of State share automobile insurance policy information with the Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility (MAIPF). Many times, individuals involved in an automobile accident submit claims to the MAIPF that contain incomplete information, including whether the person…

Rep. VanderWall bill extends agricultural disaster loan program

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today was joined by Phil Korson, executive director of the Cherry Marketing Institute, to speak before the House Agriculture Committee in support of legislation to extend the agricultural disaster loan program. The low-interest loan program, which when funded provides the structure for financial institutions to offer assistance to farmers and agricultural…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to May coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington encourages residents of Leelanau County to attend his upcoming coffee hours on Friday, May 19. Coffee hours provide an informal setting for community members to discuss state issues. “Meeting with people and listening to their ideas and concerns is one of the best aspects of my job as a…

Rep. VanderWall hosts local coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents of Mason and Leelanau counties to attend his upcoming coffee hours scheduled for May. “Residents are encouraged to share concerns and ask questions regarding our state government,” VanderWall said. “Being accessible and staying engaged with the community is important and helps me better serve you.” The first-term…

Rep. VanderWall: Closing the funding gap for schools critical in budget

Lack of funding for equity prompts vote against school budget   State Rep. Curt VanderWall today voted against the House school budget, saying the spending blueprint does not support rural students. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the lack of extra funding for kids in smaller school districts was just one reason for his no vote. The…