Rep. Paquette welcomes Blossomtime court to state Capitol

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, welcomed the Blossomtime Kings and Queens of Southwest Michigan to the state Capitol today. “Blossomtime is a cherished tradition in Southwest Michigan honoring our families, communities, and agricultural heritage,” Rep. Paquette said. “I was proud to host the 2019 Blossomtime Court for their annual trip to the state…

Rep. Paquette announces May office hours

State Rep. Brad Paquette announced an upcoming opportunity to meet with area residents during local office hours for the month of May. “I look forward to this next opportunity to sit down and hear directly from those I represent,” Rep. Paquette said. “I hope you’ll join me for a discussion and share what’s on your…

Rep. Paquette accepting nominations for Outstanding Educator Award

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, is seeking outstanding educators throughout the 78th District to present with an Outstanding Educator Award during Teacher Appreciation Week in May. “Educators deserve recognition for the incredible job they do teaching and inspiring our young learners,” Rep. Paquette said. “If you know an educator who regularly goes above…

Rep. Paquette votes to ‘Raise the Age’ for juvenile justice in Michigan

Legislation ends policy requiring 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in court State Rep. Brad Paquette today voted to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system. The plan was overwhelmingly approved by the Michigan House and now advances to the Senate for consideration. Michigan is one…

Rep. Paquette supports efforts to improve mental health care in Michigan

State Rep. Brad Paquette recently voted in support of two House measures aimed at further improving Michigan’s broken mental and behavioral health care system. House Bill 4051, establishes a permanent, statewide, round-the-clock mental health hotline to connect people in need with vital support services. Operators will immediately refer individuals to local services with appropriate care…

Paquette appointed to MiSTEM Advisory Council

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, has been appointed by Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield to the MiSTEM Advisory Council for the term ending December 31, 2020. The MiSTEM Advisory Council is tasked with providing the governor, legislature, and Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development with recommendations designed to improve and promote…

Rep. Paquette spends March reading to students

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, read to a group of students at Three Oaks Elementary School last Friday as part of his March is Reading Month tour. Paquette also answered questions about state government and stressed the importance of reading inside and outside the classroom. During the month of March, Paquette…

Rep. Paquette announces March office hours

State Rep. Brad Paquette will meet with area residents during scheduled office hours later this month. “Each month, I make it a point to sit down and listen to the ideas, issues, and concerns of those I represent,” Paquette said. “I hope you can join me this month for a cup of coffee and invigorating…

Rep. Paquette votes to make state government accountable to citizens

Plan extends open record requirements to governor, Legislature State Rep. Brad Paquette today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan. Paquette, of Niles, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal. “Our government works best when people can hold their elected officials accountable,” Paquette said….

Rep. Paquette supports plans to improve Grand Beach Nature Preserve

State Rep. Brad Paquette voted this week in favor of a plan to expand the Grand Beach Nature Preserve. The legislation approved by the House, with Paquette’s support, includes $2.4 million to acquire an additional 42 acres for the Grand Beach Nature Preserve and develop the land to include a non-motorized trail system. “We’re incredibly…

Rep. Paquette promotes website dedicated to car insurance reform

New legislative site to provide public interaction, latest news on reform State Rep. Brad Paquette, along with House colleagues, recently announced the creation of a special website to keep people informed about the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates while giving Michigan drivers a simple way to provide their input. The website, www.ReduceMiRatesNow.com,…

Rep. Paquette encourages residents to participate in Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Brad Paquette is encouraging everyone to take advantage of the state’s winter Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. Free Fishing Weekend allows Michigan residents and out of state visitors to enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lake’s waters for all species of fish. The Michigan Department of…

Rep. Paquette attends annual State of the State address

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, attends the Governor’s annual State of the State Address with his guest, Jerry Holtgren. Holtgren is Director of the project-based learning New Tech Academy at Niles High School, where Rep. Paquette used to teach. ###

Rep. Paquette announces February office hours

State Rep. Brad Paquette will meet with area residents during scheduled office hours later this month. “It is my belief that a state Representative should be in direct contact with those he or she represents,” Paquette said. “It is my full-time job to do that and to figure out the best ways to work my…