Rep. LaFave: Road funding for Upper Peninsula

Like you, I’m frustrated with the condition of our roads. That’s why I fought for a plan to provide an additional $175 million in road and bridge funding statewide without raising taxes or fees. The money will go directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction. Some of the communities in line…

LaFave outraged by proposed registration fees for kayaks, canoes

Legislator opposes increased taxation for Michigan outdoor enthusiasts State Rep. Beau LaFave today expressed his objection to a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission that would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state. LaFave said people should not be penalized for supporting Michigan’s tourism industry and enjoying…

LaFave bill approved by House, expands opportunities for high school students

The state House today overwhelmingly approved legislation by state Rep. Beau LaFave, encouraging high school students to earn course credit through an internship or work study program. “We must allow career exploration and on-the-job training to become an acceptable part of education,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “Our high schools have two goals: to get…

LaFave: Upper Peninsula road repairs get much-needed boost with additional money

Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain said more money for road repairs is headed to the Upper Peninsula because of a bill signed into law today. LaFave supported providing $175 million in statewide transportation funding, with much of the money headed directly to Michigan counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction. The money…

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…