Rep. Iden announces coffee hours

State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during local coffee hours in February. “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 have about…

Rep. Iden legislation to improve protections to first responders, corrections personnel approved

The state House on Wednesday approved two separate bill packages including legislation by state Rep. Brandt Iden, updating protections to law enforcement, fireman, emergency medical personnel and corrections officials. “Over the past week alone, we’ve had three law enforcement officers shot at simply for being police arriving on scene,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “This…

Rep. Iden: Time to reduce ransomware problem affecting Michigan

The Michigan House today voted to advance a bill proposed by state Rep. Brandt Iden, of Oshtemo, prohibiting the possession of computer ransomware with intent to use. Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to a computer or freeze essential files until a “ransom” payment is made to restore access. It is a growing…

Rep. Iden welcomes WMU trustee for State of the State

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden (left) of Oshtemo is pictured with Western Michigan University Trustee Lynn Chen-Zhang and her husband, Charles Zhang. Iden and his visitors watched Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address.

Rep. Iden applauds work of House mental health task force

Legislator optimistic about changes on the horizon State Rep. Brandt Iden today said he looks forward to the many legislative changes that will result from the House’s mental health task force report unveiled this week, which includes recommendations to make significant improvements to Michigan’s broken mental health system. The bipartisan task force spent five months…

Rep. Iden announces FIRST Robotics grants

State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced 2.5 million dollars in state grant awards to several local FIRST Robotics teams. “FIRST teaches students the skills necessary to prepare them to be successful in the 21st century economy,” Iden said. “I am incredibly proud to support this program that will inspire young people to be science and…