Rep. VanderWall applauds new funding for Little Manistee River fish-raising facility

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Manistee today voted in favor of funding to enact much-needed upgrades to the Little Manistee River Weir. The total cost of the project, as presented by the Department of Natural Resources, is estimated to be $12.2 million. The enhancements to what VanderWall describes as “an integral part of Manistee County”…

Rep. VanderWall invites local pastor to lead House invocation

Pastor Brian Ford from Living Word Church of Ludington gave the invocation before the Michigan House of Representatives at the state Capitol on Wednesday as the guest of Rep. Curt VanderWall. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member to begin each session with a prayer. “Pastor Ford gave an inspiring invocation at the…

Rep. VanderWall announces December coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall welcomes residents to join him for upcoming coffee hours during the month of December. “I am dedicated to being accessible to residents and bringing their ideas back to Lansing,” said VanderWall of Ludington. “I invite everyone to attend my coffee hours.” Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and…

Rep. VanderWall: Line 5 agreement positive for Northern Michigan

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today said he was pleased with an agreement the state has reached with Enbridge to provide increased safeguards for the Line 5 pipeline, through which nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas is transported each day. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the agreement offers needed oversight and increased protection…

VanderWall supports allowing volunteers to help preserve Michigan rivers, shorelines

State Rep. Curt VanderWall has cosponsored legislation to streamline rules regulating Michigan’s Adopt-a-River and Adopt-a-Shoreline programs. VanderWall and other cosponsors of the legislation say the programs are currently underutilized. House Bills 5155 and 5156 call on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to administer the programs and offer information to the public about how to…

Rep. VanderWall applauds grants to expand Ludington company

Legislator says business is vital to downtown economy   State Rep. Curt VanderWall today said downtown Ludington will benefit from state grants awarded to help the House of Flavors expand its dairy operations. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the company, which is the largest private label packaged ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturer in Michigan, received…

House approves Rep. VanderWall bill updating ice shanty rules

State Rep. Curt VanderWall’s bill offering more flexibility in the rules regulating ice shanties placed on Michigan waterways was overwhelmingly approved last week by the Michigan House of Representatives. VanderWall’s legislation gives the Michigan Department of Natural Resources the ability to adjust ice shanty removal dates each year based on weather conditions. Current law sets…

Rep. VanderWall casts vote to end driver responsibility fees

Bipartisan legislation also forgives outstanding debt   State Rep. Curt VanderWall on Thursday voted for sweeping bipartisan legislation that brings an end to driver responsibility fees in October 2018 and forgives debt arising from the fees. VanderWall, of Ludington, said enactment of driver responsibility fees in 2003 was the reckless act of a past administration…

Rep. VanderWall supports guaranteed lower car insurance rates in Michigan

Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington today supported a plan to guarantee lower car insurance rates for all insured drivers in Michigan, which now has the most expensive coverage in the nation. The bill approved by the House Insurance Committee would lower car insurance costs by offering motorists personal injury protection coverage options, addressing medical costs,…

House approves Rep. VanderWall bill helping downtown Manistee landmark

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