Rep. Markkanen, House approve bipartisan solution to lower car insurance rates

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today joined his colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to significantly lower car insurance rates for drivers across the state. The House overwhelmingly voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and…

Plan to support Michigan’s mining industry clears House

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, and State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today announced that a plan to support the mining industry has cleared a major hurdle. The plan, House Bill 4227, establishes a commission to help increase mining opportunities in Michigan. The legislation is a product of the Upper Peninsula’s state representatives…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to May office hour

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton announced his May office hour for residents of the 110th district. “We have been working on a lot of important things in Lansing,” Markkanen said. “I look forward to discussing the issues on the minds of fellow Yoopers and answering any questions they might have.” The office hours schedule is…

Rep. Markkanen: Foster care students pursuing skilled trades to receive help

Legislator testifies in support of plan State Rep. Greg Markkanen today testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of his plan to expand scholarship opportunities for students who have been in foster care.  Markannen’s plan would add students attending a skilled trades institution to the list of those eligible for the…

Rep. Markkanen announces Outstanding Educator Award recipients

State Rep. Greg Markkanen announced today the 2018-2019 Outstanding Educator Award recipients. The award winners are Luke Theisen of Horizons Alternative High School, Laura Augustine of L’Anse Area Schools, and Heather French of Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools. Luke Theisen has been vital in the creation of Horizon’s “Student First Initiative,” a program that aims to strengthen…

Rep. Markkanen votes to lower car insurance rates for Michigan drivers

State Rep. Greg Markkanen today voted to approve a landmark plan to fix Michigan’s broken car insurance system and reduce rates for drivers all across the state. Markkanen said the plan offers drivers personal injury coverage options, reins in medical costs and fights fraud – features designed to end Michigan’s long-standing tenure as the state…

Plan from U.P. legislators cuts red tape, allows for residents to enjoy greater personal freedom

Legislation sponsored by U.P. state Reps. Beau LaFave and Greg Markkanen protecting Michiganders’ private property rights from government overreach was advanced on Tuesday in bipartisan fashion by the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee. The measure, House Bill 4331, allows individuals to transport uncased, loaded long-barreled firearms on private land using any kind of…

House approves Rep. Markkanen plan to give financial flexibility to county road commissions

Measure improves facilities for road improvements The Michigan House today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Greg Markkanen to help county road commissions improve their facilities and fix Michigan roads. Under current Michigan law, county roads commissions have only up to 15 years to make payments when purchasing property for public use. Markkanen’s plan…

Rep. Markkanen extends nomination deadline for Outstanding Educator Award

Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, recently launched the Outstanding Educator Award program. Students, parents, and school faculty of the 110th district in the Upper Peninsula are encouraged to nominate local educators who have made a meaningful impact on their community.  Markkanen will select three educators from the district and nominations for the 2018-2019 school year…