Rep. VanderWall bill updating ice shanty rules signed into law

The rules regulating ice shanties placed on Michigan waterways are now more flexible after legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall was signed into law today. House Bill 4787, now Public Act 25 of 2018, allows the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to adjust ice shanty removal dates each year based on weather conditions. “Without…

Rep. VanderWall encourages residents to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend

Rep. Curt VanderWall is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the state’s winter Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 17 and 18. This weekend, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will waive the regular recreation passport fees and allow residents and out-of-state visitors to fish without a license. This weekend gives anglers the ability to introduce…

Rep. VanderWall’s bill helping downtown Manistee landmark approved by Senate

The state Senate today unanimously approved state Rep. Curt VanderWall’s bill that would boost civic, arts and social event opportunities in downtown Manistee and potentially other small towns across Michigan. The bill is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. VanderWall’s legislation lowers the population threshold for local governments to receive special liquor licenses…

VanderWall bill opens pathways for more adult foster care workers

State Rep. Curt VanderWall, of Ludington, this week testified before the House Law and Justice Committee on his bill to give adult foster care facilities better access to qualified health care professionals. “There is a constant demand in our senior care facilities for nurses, physical therapists, administrators, and other support staff, even though there are…

Rep. VanderWall celebrates first bill signing

Legislator: New law gives hunters more bang for their buck Legislation introduced by state Rep. Curt VanderWall to attract out-of-state hunters to visit Michigan has been signed into law by the governor. The bill creates a three-day small game hunting license that will cost $50. Currently, the shortest license available is a seven-day permit, which…

VanderWall helps approve bills delivering tax relief to families, seniors

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington joined his colleagues in the Michigan House today in approving legislation giving Michigan families and seniors income tax relief. The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens….

Local bank president joins Rep. VanderWall for State of the State

Photo Information: State Rep. Curt VanderWall (right), of Ludington, hosted Ray Biggs (left), president of West Shore Bank in Ludington and immediate past chairperson of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, as his guest on the House floor during Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. The governor discussed priorities for the coming year during…

VanderWall: Overriding veto will provide sales tax relief Michigan families deserve

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues. The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions…

Rep. VanderWall invites residents to his January coffee hours

State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington announced his upcoming coffee hours for the month of January. “It has been my goal since being elected to this position to be as accessible as possible to the community,” VanderWall said. “I invite everyone to attend my coffee hours and to share their thoughts and concerns regarding state…

Rep. VanderWall posts perfect voting record for 2017

Rep. Curt VanderWall finished his first year in office with a perfect voting and attendance record, taking part in all record roll call votes. I want to make sure the people of Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee, and Mason counties are represented in Lansing,” VanderWall said. “As the voice for the 101st District, I made sure to…

Rep. VanderWall: Funding recommended for four regional recreation projects

State Rep. Curt VanderWall today announced funding for four recreational projects in Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties has been recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board. VanderWall, of Ludington, said the projects total more than $6.1 million. Funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual…

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”…