Rep. Jacobsen fights back against false tax increase rumors

State Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, today criticized the Michigan Insurance Coalition for falsely claiming that he supports a tax increase on Michigan motorists. Rep. Jacobsen is among a group of lawmakers who have been the target of a Facebook advertising scheme paid for by the insurance industry. While the advertisements imply that Rep. Jacobsen and…

House approves Rep. Runestad’s bill removing culturally insensitive language

Today the Michigan House of Representatives 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 amends the Division on Deafness Act by striking “deafness” and replacing it with “deaf, deafblind, and hard…

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

State Representative Triston Cole invites residents of the 105th House District to meet with him locally during district office hours this March to discuss important state and local issues of interest. “I want to get to know constituents in my area so that they know I am invested in the 105th District and I represent…

Rep. Cole approves resolution creating “Ag Week” in Michigan

Today the Michigan House of Representatives approved a resolution deeming March 13-19, 2016, as Agriculture Week in the state of Michigan. State Rep. Triston Cole, vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee issued the following statement regarding passage of House Resolution 230: “I am extremely supportive of this resolution and I feel compelled to tout…

Rep. Yonker supports legislation for comprehensive eye exams for students

The Michigan House Education Committee recently heard testimony in support of legislation to implement a comprehensive eye exam for students who are struggling in school. House Bills 5307, 5355 and 5356 will create a new requirement for schools to provide vision screenings to each student in grades K, 3, 6, and 8.  “If a child…

Rep. Farrington inspires local youth to get involved in March is Reading Month

State Rep. Jeff Farrington, R-Utica, is encouraging local students to hit the books in honor of March is Reading Month. Rep. Farrington will be touring schools throughout the 30th House District during the month of March to read books aloud to several elementary classrooms. “March is Reading Month is often overshadowed by March Madness, but…

Rep. Cole to promote March is Reading Month

State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, will visit schools across House District 105 in an effort to promote March is Reading Month and encourage young people to read. Rep. Cole plans to visit several local schools to read books aloud to the students. “Reading is an essential skill for every child in Michigan to obtain and…

Rep. Crawford encourages youngsters to hit the books during March is Reading Month

State Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, is encouraging Michigan youth to get involved in March is Reading Month. Rep. Crawford will be visiting local schools within the 38th House District to read aloud to students throughout the month of March. “Reading is a fundamental skill that changes children’s lives forever,” Rep. Crawford said.  “Reading is everlasting,…

Rep. Crawford cancels upcoming office hours due to winter storm

State Rep. Kathy Crawford, R-Novi, is cancelling her Thursday, Feb. 25 office hours due to the severe winter weather underway in Oakland County and across the state. Rep. Crawford’s evening office hours were scheduled at Bigby Coffee in Lyon Charter Township. “The safety of my constituents is of the upmost importance to me and I…

Rep. Cole aids in repeal of outdated agriculture laws

The Michigan House of Representatives today approved legislation to repeal outdated agricultural laws. State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, sponsored House Bill 5052 to repeal Public Act 340 of 1913, which prohibits the sale of unwholesome calves, pigs, and other livestock. “The definition of ‘unwholesome’ includes provisions regarding food quality and requirements for the sale of…

Rep. Cole encourages Northern Michigan residents to join free fishing weekend

  State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, encourages anglers to partake in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Free Fishing Weekend this Feb. 13 and 14. The department is waiving fishing license requirements for the upcoming weekend so residents and tourists across the state looking to drop a line will be able to enjoy Michigan’s…

Safety first, speed limits second

Guest Column by State Representative Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford With the recent passage of the speed limits bill package out of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee there have been some questions surrounding this legislation. First and foremost, I want to make it abundantly clear that my intention has always been securing the safety of our…

GOP lawmakers introduce constitutional carry bill

Legislation removes requirement for government permit Legislation enabling law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons for self-protection without possessing a government-issued permit to do so was introduced today by four House Republicans. House Bills 5301-5304 were introduced by state Reps. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville; Lee Chatfield, R-Levering; Triston Cole, R-Mancelona; and Jim Runestad, R-White Lake. The bill…