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…

Rep. VanderWall bill extends license plate tab renewals

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington today introduced legislation to help drivers when they renew their vehicle registration tabs. House Bill 4535 will provide a 30-day grace period for Michigan drivers who have not received their license plate tabs in the mail from the Secretary of State to place them on their vehicle. “Currently, a…

VanderWall introduces legislation to increase options for hunting licenses

Bills entice out-of-state residents to hunt in Michigan State Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, has introduced legislation to attract out-of-state hunters to visit Michigan. The first bill creates a three-day small game hunting license that will cost $40. Currently, the shortest license available is a seven-day permit, which costs $80. The bill also adds a…

Rep. VanderWall announces April coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites the people of Benzie County to attend his local coffee hours on Monday, April 10. Coffee hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting. “I hope residents can stop by and share any ideas to help improve and make state government…

Rep. VanderWall merit curriculum bill approved by House

Legislation submitted by state Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, which gives students and parents added flexibility in their educational choices, was approved recently by the state House of Representatives. Michigan merit standards allow for one foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts course to graduate high…

Rep. VanderWall seeks input from residents

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites the people of Manistee County to attend his local coffee hours on Monday, April 3. Coffee hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting. “I’m looking forward to meeting with residents face-to-face, letting them know about the work I am doing…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites the people of Leelanau County to attend his local coffee hours on Monday, March 20. Coffee hours provide an opportunity for people to meet with their representative in an informal setting. “Receiving feedback and constituent opinions are a critical component of my approach to state government,” said VanderWall….

Rep. VanderWall a leader in expanding transparency

State Rep. Curt VanderWall voted today in favor of bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan. VanderWall, of Ludington, was author of House bill 4150, one of the 11 House bills. The entire package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act…

VanderWall legislation honors deceased disabled veterans

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, would allow a widow or widower to keep their spouse’s disabled veteran license plate. Currently, only the disabled veteran is allowed to have a disabled veteran license plate. When the individual passes away, their spouse is required to return the plate to the Michigan Secretary of…