Rep. Wendzel’s bipartisan criminal justice reform package passes House

Rep. Wendzel’s bipartisan legislation to make Michigan a national leader in expungement policy sailed out of the Michigan House of Representatives with overwhelming support. “Today was a huge win for the people of our State,” Rep. Wendzel said. “Expanding expungement eligibility is long overdue, and I’m glad to see Michigan finally take this next big…

Rep. Wendzel testifies before Judiciary Committee

Hearings Begin on Bipartisan Expungement Package  State Rep. Pauline Wendzel testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee on behalf of her bill, House Bill 4981. Rep. Wendzel’s bill is part of a six bill package that is aimed at making Michigan a national leader in expungement policy.  “I’m incredibly proud of this bipartisan package…

Rep. Wendzel participates in roundtable with Vice President Pence

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel joined a select group of state leaders including Speaker Lee Chatfield, Speaker Pro Tempore Jason Wentworth, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and U.S. Senate Candidate John James for a private Community Leader Meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. “It was an honor and a privilege to attend this meeting with the…

Rep. Wendzel announces MSF grant

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel today announced a $1.5 million performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund has been awarded to Benton Harbor Flats LCC. The Benton Harbor Flats project will renovate a vacant, two-story building located on 0.24 acres into a mixed-use development in downtown Benton Harbor. The completed project is anticipated to include sixteen…

Rep. Wendzel announces fall photo contest

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel is asking the talented people of Michigan’s Great Southwest to help make her Lansing office feel more like home. Rep. Wendzel announced her fall photo contest asking residents of her district to send her their photographs illustrating the best parts of Southwest Michigan. Photos must be taken in the 79th District…

Rep. Wendzel to host evening office hour

State Representative Pauline Wendzel announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during an evening office hour. The coffee hour will take place on Monday, September 23rd at The Upper Deck at Silver Beach Pizza, 410 Vine St. in St. Joseph from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. “I want to meet with as many members…

Rep. Wendzel participates in House 9-11 ceremony

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel was joined today by Captain Michael Brown of the Michigan State Police as her guests at the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual September 11th Memorial Service.  Captain Brown serves as Michigan’s Fifth District Commander which covers all of Southwest Michigan.  The ceremony remembers those dedicated individuals who served as first responders…

Rep. Wendzel and colleagues unveil bipartisan criminal justice reform package

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel joined her colleagues at Schupan & Sons Recycling in Kalamazoo to unveil a bipartisan criminal justice reform package. The legislation is aimed at making Michigan a national leader in expungement policy.  Rep. Wendzel and her colleagues were joined by numerous city, township, and county officials from West Michigan that were in…

Rep. Wendzel fights for Michigan’s cherry growers amid unfair trade threat

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel voted in favor of a resolution that would throw the state’s support behind a petition to protect Michigan’s domestic cherry industry from foreign product being sold at artificially low prices. “Southwest Michigan produces nearly 30 million pounds of cherries every year,” Wendzel said.  “In addition to facing a brutal winter, the…

Rep. Wendzel to host local coffee hour

State Representative Pauline Wendzel announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during a morning coffee hour. The coffee hour will take place on Friday, August 30th at Red Coach Donuts, 5811 St. Joseph Ave. in Stevensville from 11 a.m. to noon. “Hosting coffee hours helps me stay focused on the issues that matter…

Rep. Wendzel announces MDARD Regional Food System grant

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel today announced that Lazy Ballerina Winery of St. Joseph has been selected as a recipient of a Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development grant.  Their project will be awarded funds under the competitive Value Added and Regional Food System Grant Program.  Lazy Ballerina was one of the twenty projects that received…

Rep. Wendzel hosting insurance and roads forum

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel will host a community forum that will focus on road funding, local road projects, and the recently signed auto-insurance reform law on Thursday, July 18th. Rep. Wendzel will be bringing in Representative Jason Wentworth, Senator Aric Nesbitt, Senator Kim LaSata, and Jason Latham to provide an update and answer the questions…