Rep. LaFave announces local recreation grant recommendation

Funding targets playground equipment replacement   State Rep. Beau LaFave today announced a grant to fund development of a new playground at Lake Antoine Park in Dickinson County has been recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the grant will pay for new playground equipment that meets Americans with Disabilities…

Rep. LaFave sponsors first office hours of the new year

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced his January office hours for residents of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. “I am excited for another year of holding office hours,” Rep. LaFave said. “I was able to listen to the concerns and ideas of many people last year, so I believe it is important to…

Rep. LaFave votes for bills to expand career skills to students

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, recently voted for bipartisan legislation to enhance skilled trade education in Michigan’s public schools. “Employers across the state are calling for students with real-world abilities and experience,” LaFave said. “Our classrooms are the perfect place for students to explore possible careers while advancing their education. This legislation helps…

Rep. LaFave votes to remove excessive fees for private harbors on Great Lakes

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today said he supports a measure offering relief to Upper Peninsula families being assessed excessive annual fees for property they own on the Great Lakes. LaFave said the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently started charging exorbitant fees from owners of property with private boat harbors due to…

Rep. LaFave’s air ambulance legislation flies through House

The Michigan House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain. LaFave’s measure requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air…

Rep. LaFave invites residents to local office hours

Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced his December office hours for residents of Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. “The U.P. deserves a representative who is accessible,” Rep. LaFave said. “Although the district I represent spans over 4,000 square miles, I have remained accessible largely through local office hours. I look forward to ending 2017…

Rep. LaFave votes for students to get more college loan information

State Rep. Beau LaFave voted this week to require state colleges to provide annual updates to students on their federal student loan status to better manage their debt. “Our Upper Peninsula college students do not need the added challenge of starting their careers under a mountain of debt,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “A simple…

House Insurance Committee approves Rep. LaFave’s air ambulance legislation

The House Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain. LaFave’s measure requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance…

Rep. LaFave: Bill would boost northern Michigan recreation, sports

State Rep. Beau LaFave today testified in support of his bill to dramatically boost economic activity related to sports and recreation across northern Michigan. LaFave’s bill would create the Northern Michigan Regional Tourism and Sports Fund. The legislation requires that $1.9 million go into the fund every year for a decade, without raising taxes or…

Rep. LaFave vows to fight bill attacking school mascots

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today announced he will fight state legislation to eliminate all school mascots deemed “race and ethnicity-based.” The Escanaba and Gladstone school districts have Native American-based mascots, the Eskymos and Braves, while the North Dickinson County school’s Nordics mascot could be considered culturally insensitive despite recognizing the region’s forefathers….

Rep. LaFave: Services available to help during winter months

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain urges people in the Upper Peninsula to plan ahead and look into power and heating plans for the upcoming winter. “Everyone understands that winter can be brutal,” Rep. LaFave said. “I want to ensure everyone has the information to contact those who can assist them during emergencies with…