House passes Rep. Lyons’ resolution to declare June as Internet Safety Month

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto) introduced a resolution to declare June as Internet Safety Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. “Internet Safety Month will provide Michigan residents with an opportunity to learn more about the potential dangers of the Internet and the importance of being safe and responsible online,” Rep. Lyons said. “I…

Rep. Jacobsen’s bipartisan speed limit legislation clears House

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation to improve the safety standards for Michigan drivers. State Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, the primary sponsor of the bill package, issued the following statement: “This is a great day for everyone who has helped contribute to the approval of this bill package. My colleagues and I have…

Rep. Cole’s morel mushroom legislation approved by House

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved State Representative Triston Cole’s legislation to remove the certification requirement necessary to pick and sell morel mushrooms. “As far back as I can remember I was able to forage for morels and sell them to local businesses and restaurants in Northern Michigan, until recently in 2015 when the…

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Rep. Lyons’ bill prepares students through more graduation requirement flexibility

The Michigan House today approved legislation to allow more flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum by allowing for expanded options in meeting high school graduation requirements, including that of a computer coding class.  “Michigan’s graduation requirements must meet the needs of our students, and every student is different,” said Rep. Lyons. “This bill has the…

Rep. Lucido’s civics test bill clears House

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved state Rep. Pete Lucido’s bill to amend the Revised School Code to require students to pass a civics test similar to the naturalization test used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. “Let’s face it, immigrants coming into this country have worked tirelessly to get here and…

Rep. Inman issues statement on decision to close Pugsley prison

The Michigan Department of Corrections today announced it will close Pugsley Correctional Facility in Kingsley as a cost-cutting measure. State Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement: “I am disappointed with the Department of Corrections’ decision to close the Pugsley Correctional Facility, which will cause over 230 employees to lose their jobs and…

Governor signs Rep. Runestad’s bill to remove culturally insensitive language

Today, Gov. Rick Snyder approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, to remove culturally insensitive language that is no longer sufficient to describe the deaf and hard of hearing community. House Bill 5184, now Public Act 131 of 2016, amends the Division on Deafness Act by striking “deafness” and replacing it with…

Rep. Cole advocates for parental rights

Column by State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona The U.S. Department of Education and Justice recently released unsolicited joint guidance in an attempt to provide educators information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, are able to attend school in an environment free from discrimination. This release served as a threat to schools…

Rep. Crawford joins experts to provide senior presentation to House committee

State Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, today joined certified experts to provide an informative senior center presentation to update the Families, Children and Seniors House Committee. Appearing with Rep. Crawford were Stephanie Moore, associate director/program director for Oceana County Council on Aging and president of the Michigan Association of Senior Centers, as well as, Kelly Arndt,…

Rep. Yonker’s bill to eliminate liability discrepancy in snowplow contracts

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved state Rep. Ken Yonker’s legislation to prohibit certain indemnity agreements in commercial snowplow and de-icing service contracts. “The need for this legislation arose from a constituent concern,” said Rep. Yonker, R-Caledonia. “Property owners hire snowplow and de-icing companies to service their clients and customers and while this is…

Rep. Cole testifies on ‘no greater than the feds’ legislation

State Representative Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, testified today in the House Regulatory Reform Committee (HRRC) supporting legislation he sponsored to amend the Administrative Procedures Act of 1969 to limit the state government’s ability to adopt a rule that is more stringent than the federal regulations. “House Bill 5613, also nicknamed ‘no greater than the feds’, will…

Rep. Cole invites local residents to attend ‘Coffee with Cole’

Lawmaker announces upcoming May and June office hours State Representative Triston Cole invites residents of the 105th House District to meet with him locally during district office hours this spring to discuss important state and local issues of interest. “I want to get to know all the constituents in my area so that they know…

House approves Rep. Runestad’s legislation to create bill of rights for foster children

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation that creates a statutory bill of rights for foster children entitled The Children’s Assurance of Quality Foster Care Policy. State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, sponsored House Bill 4977 that outlines a foster child’s right to access the court system, including regular contact with their caseworkers, attorneys…

Rep. Crawford declares May 11 as Older Michiganians Day

State Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, today introduced House Resolution 291 to declare May 11, 2016, as Older Michiganians Day in the state of Michigan.  “As a longtime advocate of senior citizen’s rights I am privileged to introduce this resolution today,” said Rep. Kathy Crawford. “Over 1.9 million Michiganians age 60 and over deserve our utmost…