Before Sen. Carl Levin leaves the United States Senate in his final term after more than 30 years of service as the longest-serving senator in Michigan’s history, he’ll be making at least one final local appearance. The Montcalm County Democrats will welcome Levin to the 8th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner on Saturday, along with State House Rep. Brandon Dillon, D-Grand Rapids, to be a featured guest speaker at the fundraising event.
State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took the ceremonial oath of office Wednesday as a state representative in the Michigan House. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the ceremonial oath in the Capitol in Lansing. Outman is serving his second term and represents the 70th House District, which includes all of Montcalm County and part of Gratiot County.
New faces were in new chairs at Wednesday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners annual organizational meeting. Ron Blanding of Greenville, Ron Braman of Vestaburg and Steve DeWitt of Coral are the newest faces on the board, having been elected last year. Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview was re-appointed by his colleagues as longtime chairman of the board, with Ron Retzloff of Crystal appointed vice chairman.
Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, had mixed feelings when discussions during Monday’s Legislative Luncheon turned to the topic of a controversial concealed weapons bill that was passed by the House and Senate. Having voted in favor of the bill last week, and with it awaiting a signature from Gov. RIck Snyder, Outman said now was not the time for political discussion in the wake of the school shooting that occurred last Friday in Newtown, Conn.
Upon the passing of last week’s Workplace Fairness and Equity Act, more commonly known as right-to-work, Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took time to discuss their thoughts on the passing of the bill at Monday’s Legislative Luncheon meeting at Montcalm Community College. “This was very controversial and there was a lot of demonstration at the Capitol,” Outman said. “It’s something that I’ve thought about for a long time, coming from the educational community.”
One of the consequences of the legislative “lame duck” session, which occurs whenever one legislative body meets after its successor is elected, but before the successor’s term begins, is that it is common for a plethora of bills and laws to make their way through the house and senate and onto Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk without much discussion. As Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, pointed out at Monday’s Legislative Luncheon meeting at Montcalm Community College, that was very much the case this year as nearly 190 bills were passed within a 24-hour period last week.
More than 60 percent of registered voters in Ionia and Montcalm counties exercised their right to vote Tuesday. Ionia County had 62 percent voter turnout, while Montcalm County had more than 61 percent voter turnout (down just a few percentage points from the 2008 presidential election).
Despite continued crime throughout Montcalm County, voters decided to turn down a proposal in support of local law enforcement millage. A 0.6 millage proposal to generate $971,830 per year for two years for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was shot down Tuesday by 11,647 “yes” votes (48 percent) compared to 12,735 “no” votes (52 percent).
AREA PROPOSALS IONIA COUNTY 911 OPERATING SURCHARGE PROPOSAL For the period beginning July 1, 2013 and continuing through the month of June in the year 2021, shall Ionia County be authorized to assess a monthly surcharge of up to Two Dollars and Forty Cents (not to exceed $2.40) on the monthly billings of landline, wireless [...]
SCHOOL BOARD RACES Belding Area Schools-Nonpartisan (2 positions) Cori Anderson Jennifer Boroff Thomas W. Cameron Robert Insley CC-Crystal Area Schools-Nonpartisan (1 position) Diane C. Demenov, Carson City 786 Randy L. Stearns, Riverdale 1,353 Montabella Community Schools-Nonpartisan (1 position) Bill Burggren, Edmore 857 Don Havlicek, Home Township 438 Scott R. Parks, Remus 879 [...]