Rep. Howell administered ceremonial oath of office

State Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, is joined by family members as he is administered the ceremonial oath of office by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman. Pictured are (from left) Markman; sister-in-law Evelyn Schroder; great-niece Ellie Schroder; wife Cheryl; Howell; and sister-in-law Connie Baker. Howell, who is beginning his second term as state…

Rep. Howell invites residents to Jan. 6 in-district office hours

State Rep. Gary Howell will host monthly in-district office hours at two locations on Friday, Jan. 6. Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, invites people to join him for a legislative update at the following locations: Silver Grill, 535 N. Cedar St., Imlay City, from 10:30 a.m. to noon; and Hungry Dan’s, 195 W. Genesse St., Lapeer,…

Rep. Howell has perfect voting record since taking oath of office

State Rep. Gary Howell ended his first partial term in office with a perfect voting record, making a decision on all 660 recorded roll-call votes since he took his oath of office in March. Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, who took his seat in the House after a special election in March, said being present for…

Governor signs Rep. Howell’s human trafficking bill into law

New measure gives victims a second chance   Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a bill introduced by state Rep. Gary Howell to give a second chance to victims of human trafficking forced to commit crimes. The governor signed House Bill 5543, now Public Act 337, which enables people who were forced into illegal…

Rep. Howell’s human trafficking bill earns Senate approval

Measure protects juveniles from being victimized twice   The Michigan Senate today approved a bill sponsored by state Rep. Gary Howell giving juvenile victims of human trafficking a second chance. It now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for signature. Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, introduced House Bill 5543, which will give people forced to commit crimes…

Rep. Howell invites people to October office hours

State Rep. Gary Howell today announced he will host office hours at two locations in Lapeer County during October. Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, encourages people to join him on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the following locations: Silver Grill Family Dining, 535 N. Cedar St. in Imlay City, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; and Hungry Dan’s…

State Fair scholarship winners guests of Rep. Howell at Capitol

Two Lapeer County students who are recipients of Michigan State Fair scholarships were guests today of state Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives. Carolyn Delong of North Branch (left) earned a scholarship for her work with dairy cattle and Madalin Roberts (center) of Lapeer is the recipient…

Rep. Howell welcomes Blueberry Festival royalty to Capitol

State Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, welcomed Little Miss Blueberry Ava Nadrowski and Junior Miss Blueberry Navaeh Alessandrini to the Capitol today and presented them with tributes congratulating them on achieving royal status for the 2016 Imlay City Blueberry Festival. They were in Lansing with their families and Ann Hintz from the Imlay City Chamber…

Speaker Cotter names Rep. Howell to House Transportation Committee

House Speaker Kevin Cotter has named state Rep. Gary Howell to the House Committee on Transportation. Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, was appointed to the committee following the death of Rep. Peter Pettalia, who was committee chair. “Being named to the Transportation Committee is an honor, and I will strive to carry on the great work…

Senate panel approves Rep. Howell’s human trafficking bill

Measure to aid juvenile victims now goes to full Senate   The Senate Committee on Judiciary recently approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Gary Howell enabling juvenile victims of human trafficking who were convicted of prostitution-related crimes to clear their criminal records. Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, said House Bill 5543 will give minors who…

First responders join Rep. Howell for Sept. 11 ceremony

Special session memorializes those who died in the line of duty State Rep. Gary Howell, R-North Branch, is joined in the Capitol rotunda today by three first responders from the 82nd House District for the House’s Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony. Pictured (from right) are Mayfield Fire Marshal and former Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)  Gerry Edwards;…

Rep. Howell, sheriff’s officials testify before House panel

Urge access of opioid inhibitors to prison, jail employees   State Rep. Gary Howell, Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin and Lapeer County Corrections Deputy Joe Davis testified before the House Committee on Health Policy on Rep. Howell’s legislation allowing jail and prison employees access to medicine that halts drug overdoses. Rep. Howell, R-North Branch, author…