Rep. LaFave: U.P. voters deserve voice in petition initiative process

Plan brings transparency, accountability to petition drives State Rep. Beau LaFave voted Wednesday night to support multiple pieces of legislation to improve the integrity of Michigan’s petition initiative process and empower voters through increased transparency. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the bills, sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans, keep the grassroots lawmaking process in place…

LaFave: No to ‘triple tax’ on enjoying the great outdoors

State Rep. Beau LaFave opposed an attempt to charge more fees to ATV users and voted ‘no’ in the Michigan House Wednesday on a proposal to require a Recreation Passport for access to trailhead parking. “Adding fees to our trailheads is death by a thousand paper cuts for anyone who wants to enjoy pure Michgian,”…

Rep. LaFave votes to build utility pipeline, Canadian company foots the bill

A plan approved today with bipartisan support in the Michigan House protects the Great Lakes while providing crucial energy and creating jobs and opportunity in the Upper Peninsula, said state Rep. Beau LaFave. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said agreements with Enbridge Energy to build a multi-use utility tunnel will provide a safer alternative for transporting…

LaFave: New plan would repeal Michigan’s bottle deposit law

Ending deposit would boost community recycling programs State Rep. Beau LaFave has introduced legislation as part of a new plan to provide a much-needed boost to community recycling programs by ending Michigan’s 40-year-old bottle deposit law. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said although the “bottle bill” helped reduce litter in the 1980s and 90s, it’s now…

Rep. LaFave plan improves communities through residential rehabilitation

A proposal from state Rep. Beau LaFave offering communities across Michigan incentive to develop or rehabilitate properties was approved Tuesday in a vote by the House Commerce and Trade Committee. LaFave’s legislation, House Bill 6294, focuses on expanding access to the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone Program. “This act was designed to help blighted communities and blighted…

Rep. LaFave commends steps made toward new Soo Lock

In February 2017, state Rep. Beau LaFave co-sponsored a House Concurrent Resolution to urge the president and Congress to follow through on funding the construction of a second larger Soo Lock in Sault Ste. Marie to accommodate bigger ships transporting cargo along Michigan’s waterways. That call recently was heard as a funding authorization directing over…

Rep. LaFave: School safety grants headed to Upper Peninsula

State Rep. Beau LaFave this week welcomed the announcement of $25 million in grants to improve school building safety across Michigan — including money specifically for Upper Peninsula schools. “Absolutely nothing is more important than the safety and protection of our kids,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “These grants will help schools take steps to…

Rep. LaFave applauds agreement to shut down, replace Line 5 in Straits

Representative votes to strengthen pipeline safety standards State Rep. Beau LaFave today said an agreement reached between the state of Michigan and Enbridge will lead to major safety enhancements along Line 5 and ensure local communities continue to have access to reliable energy resources. Under the agreement, Enbridge will permanently shut down the current segment…

Rep. LaFave: End of driver responsibility fees brings relief to local drivers

State Rep. Beau LaFave today said the new law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan took effect this week, bringing relief to hundreds of thousands of motorists. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, voted for the plan, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full…

Rep. LaFave plan removes overregulation from Michigan’s natural resources laws

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Maintain, today announced a plan to decriminalize and repeal dozens of non-violent offenses outdoor enthusiasts might unknowingly commit. LaFave said his legislation will help ensure the punishment fits the crime when it comes to offenses laid out in Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. “Failing to put your…

LaFave’s plan to modernize boater safety certification system sails through House

State Rep. Beau LaFave’s plan giving Michigan boaters the option to present electronic proof of their boating safety certifications was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House. “It’s the 21st Century. We can do better than paper certificates that are destroyed the second they get wet,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “It’s time to give…