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Rep. Hughes’ legislation to help put more qualified teachers in classrooms

LANSING – Legislation authored by Rep. Holly Hughes, which allows for retired teachers to maintain their retirement benefits if they return to the classroom as substitute instructors or in critical shortage subjects, was unanimously approved by the Senate today. House Bill 4059 will address a critical shortage of accredited substitute teachers available to school districts…

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Sojourner Truth license plate bill in committee

Rep. John Bizon explained House Bill 4967 to the state Committee for Transportation and Infrastructure today. HB 4967 would create a fund-raising license plate to recognize Sojourner Truth in conjunction with the Sojourner Truth Museum. “This museum will preserve her legacy and Michigan’s part in the Underground Railroad,” said Rep. Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “I think…

Kesto testifies on bills to reform juvenile justice sentencing

  The Michigan House Committee on Criminal Justice today took up a 20-bill package of legislation to reform and improve the state’s handling of young criminal offenders. The bipartisan, comprehensive package brings a host of changes to the way Michigan’s youths are tried, sentenced and incarcerated. Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, said the main focus…

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Rep. Iden continues important volunteer efforts after becoming lawmaker

After years spent contributing volunteer time and manpower to the Kalamazoo community, Rep. Brandt Iden of Oshtemo isn’t stopping anytime soon. “The holiday season offers a unique opportunity to reflect and give back to those most in need of help,” Rep. Iden said. Perhaps the two most recognizable of the many holiday giving programs in…