Rep. Iden plan allowing college athletes to be compensated clears first hurdle

Sweeping reforms overwhelmingly advanced in vote by House committee A bipartisan plan allowing collegiate student-athletes in Michigan to receive fair outside compensation for their name, image and likeness moved forward today with approval from the House Oversight Committee. The legislation from state Reps. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo Township) and Joe Tate (D-Detroit) stresses free market principles…

Rep. LaFave: Broadband expansion plan encourages growth, protects property rights

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, this week voted for a pair of proposals working to expand effective broadband services to more areas in the Upper Peninsula, including in Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties. While some providers deem rural areas not cost-effective for services, House Bill 4266, proposed by state Rep. Triston Cole of…

Rep. Wakeman last reminder for agriculture town hall

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township would like to inform Saginaw County residents of his agriculture town hall on Monday, Jan. 27. Rep. Wakeman will be joined by Rep. Luke Meerman, a dairy farmer who formerly served as vice chair of the House Committee on Agriculture to meet with local farmers of the 94th District….

Chair Hall, House Oversight Committee advance plan allowing college athletes to be compensated

State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Marshall) and the House Oversight Committee he chairs today approved a plan with broad bipartisan support allowing current and future student-athletes to receive fair compensation for their name, image and likeness. Hall, who co-sponsored the legislation, said the proposal will address the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) rigorous and obsolete rules…

Rep. Cole plan increasing opportunities for rural broadband expansion approved by House

Proposals from state Rep. Triston Cole working to expand effective broadband services to more Michigan residents were overwhelmingly advanced this week by the Michigan House. House Bill 4266 codifies legal protections for state electric cooperatives to build and expand broadband networks on existing infrastructure and within existing easements. Many cooperatives already have infrastructure in place…

Rep. Kahle continues efforts to advance solutions in Human Trafficking Awareness Month

State Rep. Bronna Kahle is supporting a resolution to declare January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of crime, according to the U.S. Department of State. Approximately $87 million is made…

Rep. Whiteford announces February office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford announced today she will be available to meet and talk with members of her district in February. “We have had a great start to the new year in Lansing,” Whiteford said. “Hearing the concerns of those I represent is vital to our continued success.” Rep. Whiteford will be available Monday, Feb….