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House Education Committee honors Michigan Teacher of the Year

Today in the House Committee on Education, Rep. Rob VerHeulen gave a special tribute to Kenowa Hills Schools teacher Tracy Horodyski for being named the 2016 Michigan Teacher of the Year. “It is a great pleasure to offer congratulations to Tracy Horodyski,” said Rep. VerHeulen, R-Walker. “The record she has achieved over 16 years as…

House OKs medical parole option for frail prisoners

Low-risk inmates could be moved to appropriate facilities   The Michigan House today approved legislation allowing low-risk, medically frail inmates to complete their sentences in licensed care facilities. The House approved bills 5078, 5079, and 5081 introduced by state Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, chair of the House Committee on Appropriations; Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township,…

Rep. VerHeulen snow plow light bill approved in House

Spring and warmer weather are here, but Rep. Rob VerHeulen’s new bill is helping Michigan prepare for next winter. House Bill 5247 was approved by the state House today, and will amend the Motor Vehicle Code to allow green lights to be used on snow plows and other government vehicles in winter conditions. “Studies have…

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Rep. VerHeulen honors local heroes in 9/11 memorial

State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, with special guest Grandville Chief of Police Dan Steere, took part in the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 memorial service today. The ceremony marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, and honored military members and service members. House representatives invited guests to…

House approves Rep. VerHeulen bill allowing for regional airport authorities

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen to allow for the establishment of regional airport authorities to manage business operations for local airports instead of county boards. “Giving local communities a louder voice in the operation of local airports can do wonders for a regional economic asset…

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Rep. VerHeulen bill lifts antiquated ban on walk-a-thons

Grandville Mayor Steve Maas applauds repeal effort State Rep. Rob VerHeulen introduced a bill to eliminate Michigan’s archaic prohibition of walk-a-thons and similar endurance contests as part of a legislative initiative to reform largely overlooked, outdated laws and excessive criminal regulations. “Current criminal law bans lengthy endurance events such as ultramarathons and charitable, 24-hour relays,”…

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Reps. Afendoulis, VerHeulen to host Senior Brigade Day

State Reps. Chris Afendoulis and Rob VerHeulen today announced they will host a Senior Brigade Day to inform local seniors and their caretakers about different types of scams and how to protect against them. The event will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Rockford Community Cabin, located at 220 N….

VerHeulen lauds ambitious goals outlined in House ‘Action Plan’

Objectives prepare students, empower Michiganders Important policy priorities for the 98th Legislature were revealed today at a Capitol news conference hosted by Michigan House Republicans, and state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, is eager to continue the work necessary to start checking items off the detailed blueprint. “Michigan’s greatest assets are its families, friends, neighbors and colleagues,”…

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VerHeulen, Schmidt, Dianda introduce reliable, affordable clean energy proposal

Three-bill package outlines sector growth, job creation, new investments, lower energy costs and environmental protection A bipartisan legislative package introduced this week by state Reps. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, and Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, aims to start a discussion about Michigan’s energy future in order to grow the state’s economy, provide jobs, save money…

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VerHeulen elected House Majority Whip

Michigan House Republicans today named state Rep. Rob VerHeulen, R-Walker, majority whip for the 2015-2016 legislative session. “I am honored that my House colleagues are confident in my ability to serve the Republican caucus in this leadership role,” VerHeulen said. “Residents of west Michigan will undoubtedly benefit from having a local legislator seated at the…