Rep. Iden welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

State Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo, right, welcomed Dennis Jokela, center, to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives.  Jokela is a chaplin for the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Department and lead pastor at Dennis Jokela Ministries.  They were joined at the rostrum by Speaker Pro Tempore Lee Chatfield.

Rep. Iden announces economic grant to create 45 jobs

State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced a $500,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund has been awarded to Zoetis LLC, a global leader in animal health pharmaceuticals. The company is investing $64.5 million to renovate its global manufacturing and supply facilities and to add production capacity in the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage.  The…

Rep. Iden introduces bill to enhance cyber-security

State Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo today introduced legislation to allow the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, an all-volunteer force, to provide cybersecurity services and to respond to cyberattacks. This bill gives the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps the legal protection it needs to assist schools, municipalities, nonprofits and private businesses. “Every day, the State of Michigan…

Rep. Iden encourages State Farm Insurance to reconsider branch closure

State Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo issued the following statement in response to the announcement that State Farm Insurance plans to close its Kalamazoo branch: “State Farm Insurance’s decision to close its Kalamazoo branch, will affect over 600 individuals and families in Kalamazoo County. While I offer my sincere gratitude for State Farm’s contributions to…

Rep. Iden works to fight opioid abuse in Kalamazoo County

A research program to fight opioid abuse throughout Kalamazoo County is included in the latest version of Michigan House budget, due to a measure sponsored by Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo. The House-approved budget plan includes an $850,000 program to combat the abuse of painkillers and other opioids among Kalamazoo County’s Medicaid recipients. The money…

Rep. Iden Announces Coffee Hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden announced his upcoming May and June coffee hour events in Kalamazoo County. “Connecting with my neighbors and answering their questions about our state government continues to be a top priority for me,” says Rep. Iden. “I invite all of my community residents to come speak with me about the issues most…

Rep. Iden, House committee take testimony on economic impact of Michigan’s 3-tier system

State Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo is chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee. One of the committee’s responsibilities is reviewing regulations related to alcohol sales, manufacturing and distribution. Today, the committee toured West Side Beer Distributing of Lansing to gain first-hand knowledge on how Michigan’s three-tier alcohol distribution system works. The committee also heard…

Rep. Iden: Taxpayers deserve Michigan Tax Tribunal reforms

The administrative court handling property tax appeals in Michigan would become more reliable and efficient through legislation introduced by state Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo. Iden’s bill would make significant changes to the Michigan Tax Tribunal, benefiting residential and commercial taxpayers. Wait times for cases would be shortened and new appointees to the tribunal would…

Rep. Iden: Gaming reforms needed to help Michigan charities

State Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo today said he will continue to push for reforms that will make it easier for charities to raise more money through poker and casino-style gaming in Michigan. Iden, chair of the House Regulatory Reform Committee, played a key role in the advancement of the legislation aimed at easing regulatory…

Rep. Iden supports expanded educational choice for students

State Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, voted for a Merit Curriculum bill package today, giving high school students and their families added options toward graduation and career preparation. Rep. Iden, a sponsor of this legislation and member of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee said, “this legislation gives more control to the students while…

Improved officer protections approved by House committee

Improved protection for public safety officials, employees and volunteers in a prisoner housing or transportation environment was approved by the House Law and Justice Committee today. The bill would make it punishable by up to four years of imprisonment and a $2,000 fine to throw bodily material at an officer performing their assigned duties. The…

Rep. Iden’s transparency bill clears House committee

State Rep. Brandt Iden introduces legislation to make state government more accountable to Michigan residents. The bill is part of an 11-bill package focused on accountability and was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. “I believe transparency should be a hallmark of state government, just as it is for local governments and school…