Rep. Iden announces Kalamazoo County will receive business development grant

OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy expands operations in Oshtemo Township State Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo, announced today that OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy will receive business development funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to aid in its expansion of operations in Oshtemo Township. The MEDC approves funding for various projects across the state as an incentive to…

Rep. Iden issues statement following Orlando mass shootings

State Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo, today issued a statement following the mass shooting killing 50 and injuring 53 others in Orlando, Florida Saturday night: “This type of senseless violence can not be tolerated within our communities across the nation. The bill I have been working on in the Michigan Legislature, House Bill 5442, has drawn…

Rep. Iden’s bill to create public threat alert system now heads to governor

The Michigan Senate today approved state Rep. Brandt Iden’s bipartisan legislation to establish a public threat alert system. House Bill 5442, sponsored by Rep. Iden, creates a system that allows law enforcement to warn residents of nearby threats such as a mass shooting or terrorist attack. “This legislation is a response to the tragic events…

Rep. Cole’s catch-of-the-day: Free Fishing Weekend in Pure Michigan

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, announced today that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is sponsoring a free weekend of fishing this Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12. “This weekend is ideal for educating the youngsters about the importance of learning great outdoor skills,” said Rep. Cole. “Teaching our next generation the value of…

Rep. Jacobsen encourages local residents to cast a line during Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, announced today that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is sponsoring a free weekend of fishing this Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12. “This free weekend of fishing provides an experience that families and friends can share together at no cost out of pocket,” Rep. Jacobsen said. “It encourages…

Rep. Inman touts support for school budget bill

State Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement today regarding his decision to support the education funding portion of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget: “I am voting in favor of Senate Bill 801 because of the increased funding for K-12, community colleges, and higher education. “I have worked tirelessly as a member of…

Rep. Inman issues statement on omnibus budget no-vote

State Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement today regarding his decision to vote against the Fiscal Year 2017 General Fund budget (House Bill 5294) in light of the Michigan Department of Corrections’ decision to close Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley as a cost-cutting measure: “I just voted against this budget bill because…

Rep. Cole’s ‘no greater than the feds’ legislation clears House

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved state Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to limit the state government’s ability to adopt a rule that is more stringent than the federal government’s regulations. House Bill 5613 will further solidify the fact Michigan is open for business. “This legislation does not prohibit greater rules from ultimately being implemented,…

House passes Rep. Cole’s bill prohibiting the removal of collars from hunting dogs

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved state Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to prohibit the removal of collars from hunting dogs for reprehensible reasons. “Some animal rights organizations have used extreme measures to disrupt legal hunting and this bill will help protect hunting dogs and give their owners peace-of-mind during hunting season,” said Rep. Cole,…

Rep. Crawford kicks-off Summer Reading Contest for local students

Lawmaker offers winning contestant chance to be “State Rep. for a Day” State Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, is encouraging students to continue to read this summer after school gets out by hosting a local summer reading program. Rep. Crawford launched the Summer Reading Contest by visiting Sayre Elementary School in South Lyon where she met…

Rep. Cole votes to approve Detroit Public Schools reform

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, made the following statement today after the House approved sweeping reforms to Detroit Public Schools (DPS): “After much negotiation, the DPS package the Michigan House of Representatives approved today is the most conservative option. This package implements necessary academic, structural and financial reforms to DPS. “The fact of the matter is…

Rep. Yonker votes to reform and restructure Detroit Public Schools

State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, made the following statement today after the House approved sweeping reforms to Detroit Public Schools (DPS): “The decision to reform DPS prevents the district from entering into bankruptcy which will save the state of Michigan substantial future costs and ultimately save taxpayer dollars. The  financial reform package the House passed…

Rep. Theis supports DPS funding and reforms

State Rep. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, today voted for legislation to fund and reform the Detroit Public School District. The agreed upon Detroit Public Schools (DPS) package provides the district with the financial resources it needs to avoid bankruptcy and continue its constitutional duty to educate students across Michigan. Rep. Theis issued the following statement regarding…

Constitutional amendment defining electronic property rights passes the House

A joint resolution sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad overwhelmingly passed the Michigan House of Representatives today proposing an amendment to the state’s constitution for electronic data and communications to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure under individual property rights. Constitutional amendments must be approved by a direct vote of the people if adopted…