Rep. Cole announces new MDOT online process for vehicle permit

Drivers have option to obtain annual oversized vehicle transport permit State Rep. Triston Cole today announced the Michigan Department of Transportation has updated select vehicle permits online to help Michigan truck drivers and construction workers. Michigan drivers now have a new online option to obtain an annual single permit for the movement of select overwidth,…

Allor: Finalized MPART results mark ‘critical’ progress for Oscoda families

State Rep. Sue Allor today issued the following statement on the latest findings of the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) announced Friday: The findings are the final results of a first-in-the-nation statewide testing undertaken by MPART to survey the safety and condition of state drinking water supplies. Allor met Friday with Department of Environment,…

COLUMN: Upper Peninsula will benefit from new USMCA trade deal

In the 25 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, trade with foreign markets has become a huge economic driver for job providers all across the Upper Peninsula. It should come as no surprise that our biggest trading partners are our neighbors, Canada and Mexico. Combined, the two countries bought…

Farmers, stakeholders discuss challenges facing agriculture at special hearing

Members of the House and Senate Agriculture committees today met for a special joint hearing at Michigan State University to address the pressures squeezing the state’s agriculture industry in a difficult year. “I am grateful to our farmers and other key stakeholders for coming forward to share their stories and help build a prosperous future…

Brann continues push for entrepreneurship education

Legislator reintroduces measure from previous term State Rep. Tommy Brann, of Wyoming, has reintroduced a bill he sponsored during the 2017-2018 term that would provide 8th grade social studies students with entrepreneurship and free enterprise instruction. Brann said he was inspired by his personal experience as a restaurant owner and by his upbringing in his…

Rep. Lightner plan would name green darner dragonfly as state insect. Will it fly?

After getting some help from the Springport 4-H Club, state Rep. Sarah Lightner recently introduced a plan to designate the green darner dragonfly as Michigan’s official insect. Lightner, of Springport, said members of the 4-H group approached her after realizing Michigan does not have a state insect. She worked with the kids to come up…

Rep. Bollin announces road funding town hall

State Rep. Ann Bollin of Brighton Township will host a road funding town hall on Wednesday, Aug. 21 featuring House Transportation Committee Chair Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann.      “The people of Livingston County expect results on roads,” Rep Bollin said. “My colleagues and I have a proposal that invests record funding toward roads, without…

Rep. Mueller schedules local office hours

State Rep. Mike Mueller of Linden will host district office hours on Monday, Aug. 26th to meet with local residents of the 51st District. “As an elected official, I believe it is important to be accessible to my constituents,” Rep. Mueller said. “As we conclude crafting our state budget, I want to hear your thoughts…

Rep. Whiteford calls for transparency surrounding civil rights director’s comments

State Rep. Mary Whiteford today issued the following statement calling for transparency regarding inappropriate comments made by Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Agustin Arbulu: “The lack of transparency surrounding the investigation into Director Arbulu’s transgressions reflects poorly on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and undermines the public’s trust in the department. The people of…

Rep. Calley invites residents to attend local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in two communities in August. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following dates: Friday, Aug. 23 at Revival Café and Market, 75 N. Bridge St., Saranac, individual meetings from 11 to 11:30 a.m. then a legislative update 11:30 a.m. to noon; and Monday, Aug….

Rep. Whiteford announces August office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford announced several upcoming opportunities for Allegan County residents to meet with her during scheduled office hours later this month. “It is the conversations I have locally that help me know what is working, what’s not, and what I can do to help,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I genuinely value the input, so…