Rep. LaFave votes to end mandate for new teachers

New teachers would not be forced to take redundant professional development coursework after graduating from college under a school reform plan support by state Rep. Beau LaFave. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, questioned the necessity of a state-mandated professional development course, especially when new teachers should have completed similar coursework in college. “How does it make…

Rep. LaFave’s legislation increases government transparency

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain co-sponsored legislation Thursday requiring state departments to fulfill Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests within 60 days of the initial requests. The measure is in response to a public statement issued by Attorney General Bill Schuette in December 2017 outlining how Michigan’s FOIA law does not specify a…

LaFave votes to invest in local veteran services

State Rep. Beau LaFave joined the Michigan House of Representatives Wednesday in approving legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under the legislation LaFave is helping sponsor, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based…

House advances LaFave bill expanding options for hunters with disabilities

Legislation allows easier-to-use pneumatic bows under certain circumstances State Rep. Beau LaFave’s legislation allowing bow hunters with physical disabilities to use air-powered weapons that shoot arrows was approved today by the Michigan House. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the new category of weapon would make bow hunting possible for disabled hunters, but hunting with the…

Rep. LaFave: Time to speed up how rural areas get high-speed broadband

Upper Peninsula legislator works to ensure needed technological infrastructure State Rep. Beau LaFave has co-sponsored introduced legislation exploring ways to expand broadband into areas of need. Within House Bill 5670, a seven-member board made up of governor-appointed individuals representing townships, counties and telecommunication providers, will identify barriers that deter companies from expanding into underserved areas…

Committee approves LaFave bill to give credit for high school internships

The House Workforce and Talent Development Committee today unanimously approved legislation by state Rep. Beau LaFave, giving high school students the opportunity to earn course credit for completion of an internship or work study program. “Employers across the state need students with real-world experience. For far too long we have over-emphasized college readiness to the…

Rep. LaFave votes to support veterans, service organizations

Legislator says time-honored custom must continue   State Rep Beau LaFave today voted for legislation allowing members of national veterans clubs and other service clubs to buy alcoholic drinks in any affiliated out-of-town club. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, co-sponsored the legislation, which was prompted by a recent Liquor Control Commission ruling that brought an end…

LaFave applauds Snyder signing driver responsibility fees bills into law

Assessment will be eliminated on Oct. 1   State Rep. Beau LaFave today said he is pleased that Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation eliminating driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1 and forgiving all debt associated with the fees. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the fees often meant the loss of driving privileges, which creates unique…

COLUMN: New technology breaks down barriers for hunters with physical disabilities

Hunting is a time-honored tradition here in the Upper Peninsula, a favorite pastime that many of us develop passions for at young ages. Unfortunately, people born with serious physical disabilities might never have an opportunity to participate, and hunters who develop physical limitations later in life often have to give up the hobby they love….

LaFave: Today’s vote will get road repairs done in the U.P.

Legislation will add $175 million to state, county and local projects   Drivers using roads throughout Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties will be helped by legislation approved today by Rep. Beau LaFave. The $175 million financial investment will be for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early this summer with local and county crews…

Rep. LaFave wants answers for recent high utility bills

Energy Policy Committee continues inquiry   State Rep. Beau LaFave today said he and others serving on the House Energy Policy Committee are dedicated to getting more information on skyrocketing electric bills that some people say have doubled or tripled in cost this winter. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the panel heard testimony from one…

LaFave votes to give families tax relief, end driver responsibility fees

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain Wednesday voted in favor of bills which provide broad income tax relief to Michigan families and end senseless driver responsibility fees. LaFave said the driver responsibility fees were a scheme by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to plug a shortfall in the budget nearly 15 years ago. Since then, payment of…