Rep. Chatfield announces September office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the month of September. “As your state representative, I want to be as accessible as possible,” said Rep. Chatfield, R-Levering. “Local monthly office hours is a great way to make myself available and responsive to the…

Rep. Howrylak introduces legislation to provide tax relief for all citizens

Today, State Rep. Martin Howrylak introduced House Bill 5888 to amend the Income Tax Act and lower the tax burden for all Michigan residents. Although incomes are on the rise in Michigan, many hardworking citizens and their families are still struggling to recover financially from the recession. HB 5888 will increase the personal exemption citizens…

Rep. Franz introduces POW/MIA remembrance resolution

State Rep. Ray Franz today introduced House Resolution 317 to recognize Sept. 16 as POW/MIA Day. The resolution calls for the people of Michigan to remember and honor the over 83,000 prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) military members since World War II. “It’s a huge number,” said Rep. Franz, R-Onekama. “There…

Rep. Jacobsen, Gov. Snyder tour American Center for Mobility site

House Communications and Technology Chair Rep. Bradford Jacobsen, R-Oxford, toured the American Center for Mobility (ACM) site on Wednesday at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti. The purpose of the site tour was to provide an overview and presentation by the ACM Chief Executive Officer John Maddox to the governor and key lawmakers. The presentation outlined…

Rep. Bizon: Albion Marshall school merger offers new opportunities to students

Across Michigan, serious efforts have been made to improve education across the state. Earlier this year, Lansing released the largest education budget in state history for the 2016-17 school year, giving each school in Michigan a funding increase. Locally, a big step toward improvement for students is the Albion-Marshall school merger. With the approval of…

Rep. Runestad introduces parental alienation resolution to raise awareness

State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, introduced House Resolution 327 Wednesday to encourage awareness and sensitivity to the concept of parental alienation in the state. The resolution states that parental alienation can arise during and after divorces from behaviors including speaking negatively about a parent and inappropriate discussions with a child on details that are…

Rep. Bumstead applauds passage of bill protecting families of first responders

State Rep. Jon Bumstead today applauded the House’s passage of Senate Bill 218, which provides state-funded health insurance benefits to the immediate family of any public safety officer killed in the line of duty. “When first responders gives their lives to protect the community, the last thing their family wants to think about is losing…

Rep. Iden supports bill to remove excessive licensure fees on tradesmen

State Representative Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo, received unanimous approval today in the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his amendment to House Bill 5714 sponsored by Majority Floor Leader Rep. Aric Nesbitt, removing excessive licensure fees currently imposed on plumbers. This legislation amends the State Plumbing Act to clarify that people who have both a…

Rep. Paul Muxlow invites local residents to fall office hours

State Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, invites residents of St. Clair and Sanilac counties to meet with him during district office hours this September and October to discuss state and local issues of interest. Rep. Muxlow will be available to speak with residents of the 83rd House District on Friday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Oct….

Bills improving patient access to medical marijuana head to governor

 Lyons, Callton legislation gets final OK from House Access to medical marijuana will be safe and simple for Michigan patients through a three-bill package that passed the House today to clarify and update the existing statutes. The legislation implements ideas developed at lengthy workgroup meetings that included patients, caregivers, law enforcement, health care providers and…

Rep. Webber applauds legislation to honor one of Oakland U’s founders

Nov. 4 to be recognized as Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Day   The Michigan House today passed a resolution to recognize Nov. 4 as Matilda R. Dodge Wilson Day in the state of Michigan. Matilda Dodge Wilson is known as the “begetter of the University” for her leadership in the establishment and preservation of Oakland…

Reps. Jacobsen and Iden hear testimony on the future of autonomous vehicles

Lawmakers support self-driving cars on Michigan roads House Communications and Technology Committee Chair Rep. Brad Jacobsen, R-Oxford, and Vice-Chair Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo, today heard testimony in Lansing regarding Senate bills authorizing the implementation of autonomous vehicle technology on Michigan roadways. Senate Bills 995-998 will allow autonomous vehicles, “on-demand automated vehicle networks,” and “platoons” to be…

Rep. Cole announces Forestry Town Hall in Gaylord on Sept. 26

State Rep. Triston Cole is hosting a Forestry Town Hall in Gaylord on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Center. The town hall will discuss Michigan’s forestry management program, with special guest Steve Milford, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Eastern Lower Peninsula District supervisor, providing insight and answering questions. “I invite local…

Rep. Bizon-sponsored Baby Safety Month resolution approved

Today, Rep. Dr. John Bizon introduced House Resolution 333 to declare September 2016 as Baby Safety Month in the state of Michigan. Baby Safety Month was initiated to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products. “This month is dedicated to raising awareness of the hidden hazards…

Rep. Bumstead invites residents to his September office hours

State Rep. Jon Bumstead has announced his in-district office hours for the month of September, and is encouraging residents of the 100th House District to join him for questions and discussion. “Listening to my constituents is one of the most important parts of my job,” said Rep. Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “My in-district office hours are a…