Rep. Lucido introduces legislation to protect children and seniors

State Rep. Peter J. Lucido, of Shelby Township, today introduced a bill to protect seniors by ensuring senior care facilities report to a statewide database. Rep. Lucido also recently introduced a bill to require inspections of childcare organizations, which will similarly report to a statewide database. Both bills will require those who do not meet…

House approves Griffin’s bill to give schools financial flexibility for facility improvements

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved Rep. Beth Griffin’s legislation to allow school districts to make energy efficiency and operational upgrades to school facilities by entering into a lease-purchase agreement. The bill will provide another financing option for schools to achieve savings through energy efficiency and operational improvement projects. “Conservation projects that qualify are…

Rep. Cole hears testimony on bill to honor fallen soldier

House committee unanimously passes bill to name a section of U.S. 23‘Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway’  Testimony honoring fallen soldier U.S. Army Sergeant Joe Johnson was heard today in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would designate a stretch of U.S. 23 in Genesee County as “Sergeant Joe Johnson Memorial Highway.” State Rep….

Rep. Calley plans local office hours in March

State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to office hours in two communities during March. Calley, of Portland, will meet with constituents on the following dates: Friday, March 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Barry County Cabinet Building, 121 S. Church St., Hastings Monday, March 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Village…

Rep. LaFave introduces bill discouraging sanctuary cities

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, has introduced a bill that creates the Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act that will outlaw local units of government from enacting ordinances that limit a local official, employee or police officer from communicating with federal officials regarding the immigration status of an individual.  “This bill is not a departure…

Rep. Lilly announces Grand Haven grant

LANSING –  Today, Representative Jim Lilly (R-Park Twp.) announced this year’s recipient of the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program Grant will be the city of Grand Haven.  The state legislature established the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program in 1999 to aid in the preservation and protection of Michigan’s lighthouse.  The program was created in conjunction with the…

Rep. Brett Roberts schedules March office hours

State Rep. Brett Roberts today announced he is holding office hours during March and encourages people to bring him thoughts and ideas about state government. Office hours for March will be held on Monday, March 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Robin’s Nest located at 6053 S. Clinton Trail in Eaton Rapids. “These meetings…

Rep. Julie Alexander schedules March district hours

State Rep. Julie Alexander today announced her monthly district meetings for local residents. Constituents can meet one-on-one with Rep. Alexander to discuss their concerns. Upon announcing her March district hours, Rep. Alexander emphasized the importance of accountability and availability to her constituents. “Accessibility is important for good representation,” said Rep. Alexander. “I want to encourage…

Rep. Julie Alexander begins March is Reading Month tour

State Rep. Julie Alexander today kicked off her March is Reading Month tour. As part of March is Reading Month, the lawmaker will visit local schools throughout the district and read to students, encouraging them to take a lifelong interest in reading. Rep. Alexander wants to inspire and encourage students to pick up a book…

Rep. Kahle to host local office hours

State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. US Highway 223 in Adrian.   “I welcome the opportunity to connect with people to learn what matters most to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look…

Rep. Alexander welcomes local pastors for House invocation

  State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover today welcomed the Reverends Eric Ekong and Michael Hanson to the Capitol. In keeping with House tradition, members of clergy are invited to give the invocation at the start of each House session. Ekong, senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jackson where Rep. Alexander attends, delivered the…

Rep. Hughes takes a stand against aquatic invasive species

State Rep. Holly Hughes has introduced a House Resolution to encourage environmental leaders to continue work to prevent the introduction of new aquatic invasive species into the Great Lakes and to consider new research and technologies in that regard. Rep. Hughes, who chairs the Michigan House Tourism and Recreation Committee, says people, industries and communities…

Rep. VanSingel issues statement following ‘no’ vote on income tax

State Rep. Scott VanSingel, of Grant, voted no on the income tax rollback legislation early this morning. Rep. VanSingel issued the following statement: “As a strong fiscal conservative, I understand the importance of lowering taxes for hard-working Michigan families, however, I voted against this tax repeal because it would have created a tremendous budget shortfall….

Rep. Inman explains ‘no’ vote on income tax

State Rep. Larry C. Inman, of Traverse City, issued the following statement after a 12-hour session regarding his ‘no’ vote on the income tax bill that was defeated on the House floor this morning at 2:30 a.m.: “House Bill 4001 has a significant negative fiscal impact to Michigan’s budget and I believe that it is…