Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden invites people to talk with him about issues facing Michigan during his October coffee hours. “Hosting coffee hours helps me stay focused on the issues that matter most to people in our community.”  Iden said. “Talking to my neighbors, listening to their concerns, and answering any questions they may have about…

Rep. Iden promotes Oct. 7-8 as ‘Buy Nearby’ weekend in Michigan

State Rep. Brandt Iden, who serves on the House Committee on Commerce and Trade, today offered support for a resolution underscoring this coming weekend as part of a year-round campaign to promote shopping at local retail businesses. “Buy Nearby” is in its fifth year as a promotional commercial slogan and encourages Michigan residents to ensure…

House committee restores funding for Kalamazoo County opioids program

Earlier efforts with federal funds vetoed by Gov. Snyder   The House Appropriations Committee today resurrected a research program to fight opioid abuse throughout Kalamazoo County that earlier had been vetoed by the governor. The committee approved $700,000 in state funding for the program, which will combat the abuse of painkillers and other opioids among…

Committee approves Rep. Iden first responder protection bill

The House Law and Justice Committee today approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Iden, which would make it felony for anyone who targets or intimidates a member of the police, fire, corrections and emergency medical service departments. Anyone found guilty could serve up to two years incarceration. “First responders face many dangers, but getting…

Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden invites people to talk with him about issues facing Michigan during his August and September coffee hours. “Listening to local residents is one of the most important aspects of my job.” Iden said. “This time of conversation and dialogue allows me to advocate for what matters most for our community here…

Rep. Iden and Gov. Snyder welcome Portage FIRST Robotics team to state Capitol

State Representative Brandt Iden and Governor Rick Snyder welcomed the World Champion Stryke Force 2767 FIRST Robotics team to the state capitol today.  Stryke Force 2767 competed in the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, defeating more than 3,000 teams from around the world.  The team had to build a robot able to…