LaFave: Grant helps increase access for Upper Peninsula veteran services

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain cosponsored legislation Wednesday encouraging counties across the state to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under the measure, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in…

Rep. LaFave: New law gives students dual enrollment options

State Rep. Beau LaFave today applauded a new state law to allow students of school districts along state borders to have more dual enrollment education options. “Educational opportunities for students should not be limited by physical borders,” said LaFave of Iron Mountain. “Post-secondary and dual-enrollment programs along our shared border with Wisconsin are opportunities for…

LaFave bill throws no-fault out the window

State Rep. Beau LaFave today joined House colleagues in unveiling an eight-bill package repealing Michigan’s no-fault car insurance system to bring significant relief to drivers paying the nation’s most expensive insurance premiums. The proposal repeals the no-fault system and moves Michigan to a full-tort system similar to other states such as Wisconsin. Another bill in…

House committee considers LaFave’s pneumatic air bow legislation

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain recently testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of his legislation allowing the use of pneumatic air bows for hunting in Michigan. Pneumatic air bows function similarly to crossbows in that arrows are loaded one at a time, the bow is cocked and then fired with…

Rep. LaFave notes state’s progress, but work to be done for U.P. families in 2018

State Rep. Beau LaFave agreed with many of the remarks made by Gov. Rick Snyder during his 2018 State of the State speech Tuesday at the state Capitol, while also acknowledging much needs to be done for residents in south-central Upper Peninsula. Regarding the state’s progress made since Snyder became governor in 2010, LaFave agreed…

Rep. LaFave, U.P. Propane owner take in State of the State speech

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, was joined by Daniel Harrington, (right) owner of Iron Mountain–based U.P. Propane, as a guest during the 2018 State of the State speech today in the state Capitol. “Job creation is crucial to Michigan, and especially in the Upper Peninsula. That is why I have worked…

Rep. LaFave votes to give money back to Michigan drivers

State Rep. Beau LaFave today voted for sales tax relief for Michigan drivers buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto. “The reason for this was simply to give tax money back to the taxpayers,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “If I get an opportunity to give money back to our citizens again over the…

Rep. LaFave seeks better mental health services for U.P. residents

State Rep. Beau LaFave today joined his fellow legislators in supporting the findings of the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report to improve specialized mental health, veteran and substance abuse services across Michigan. “Upper Peninsula residents know firsthand the limitations of mental health programs, so I’m pleased to see this report focus on the need for…

Rep. LaFave demands tax relief

Legislation will help families, seniors   Michigan House legislators have introduced a package of bills to provide substantial income tax relief for families and seniors. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes, while providing additional relief for senior citizens. State Rep. Beau LaFave said he…

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…