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…

State House approves Rep. Iden’s Michigan Tax Tribunal reforms

The state House today approved Rep. Brandt Iden’s bill to benefit residential and commercial taxpayers by improving the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Iden’s legislation would make the state’s administrative court handling property tax appeals more efficient and reliable. The reforms would speed up the resolution of cases and require comprehensive training for new tribunal appointees. “These…

Rep. Iden votes to fund trail development in Portage

Project part of Natural Resources Trust Fund bill   State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced he voted on legislation to invest in natural resource projects across Michigan, including one that will develop a trail in Portage. Iden, of Oshtemo, said he appreciates the House approving the Natural Resources Trust Fund project in the community, which…

House passes Rep. Iden bill allowing cybersecurity volunteer work

The Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday advanced a bill introduced by Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo, which would allow volunteers to assist in defending against cybersecurity attacks in Michigan. Iden’s bill creates the Cyber Civilian Corps Act, which gives volunteers the opportunity to provide cyber-defense services to local governments, nonprofits, private businesses, educational organizations…

Rep. Iden encourages residents of Southwest Michigan to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend

State Rep. Brandt Iden encourages residents to kick off the summer by taking advantage of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, June 9 and 10. “We have some beautiful natural resources here in Southwest Michigan,” Iden said.  “This is the perfect opportunity to visit one of our many lakes, rivers, or streams with friends and family to…