Thursday, March 21, 2013
State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, who represents Chesterfield and New Baltimore, praised passage of legislation in the House and Senate.
Legislation to create a low-interest loan program that would help marinas to pay for emergency dredging projects is heading to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for approval. State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, and Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, introduced legislation earlier this month that would form a partnership with marina owners, private lenders and the state to help in dredging project, according to Brandenburg's office. On Thursday, LaFontaine, whose district encompasses lakeside Chesterfield Township and New Baltimore, praised the House and Senate's passage of the legislation that comes as Lake St. Clair has reached critically low levels, affecting boaters and business owners in several shoreline communities. "…
Friday, March 8, 2013
The measure aims to address critically low lake levels that affect the boating industry.
Pending legislation would create a low-interest loan program that would allow marinas to pay for emergency dredging projects, according to two Michigan lawmakers who represent Macomb County districts. Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, introduced legislation Thursday that would form a partnership with marina owners, private lenders and the state to help in dredging project, according to his office. The measure comes as Lake St. Clair has reached critically low levels, affecting boaters and business owners in several shoreline communities, including Chesterfield Township, New Baltimore, St. Clair Shores and Harrison Township. “Our waterways are not only beautiful, they are also a vital part of our economy, which is why this measure…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Andrea LaFontaine, whose district includes Chesterfield Township and New Baltimore, helped raise money for Special Olympics of Michigan.
Despite the frosty February weather, state lawmakers plunged into a pool of freezing water in Lansing for a good cause. State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, who represents Chesterfield Township, New Baltimore and surrounding communities, plunged into the water Feb. 28 during the Second Annual Legislative Polar Plunge at the State Capitol. She was among more than a dozen lawmakers who participated in the event that raised more than $30,000 for the Special Olympics of Michigan, according to her office.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The state representative is scheduled to talk at the Tuesday Board of Trustees meeting in Municipal Offices.
Chesterfield Supervisor Michael Lovelock invited State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine to speak at the next board meeting regarding potential state solutions for lake levels. Lovelock said his request comes on the heels of scores of lakeside residents reaching out to Chesterfield Township officials regarding alarmingly low levels on Lake St. Clair. Many township residents, he said, are concerned about the upcoming boating season and whether dredging is a possibility. LaFontaine is scheduled to speak at the 7 p.m. Tuesday board meeting in municipal offices. Check back with Patch for updates. How have the low lake levels affected you in Chesterfield Township? Tell us in the comments' section.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Legislation passed last week in the Michigan House and Senate, reaching Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday for approval. Leave a comment or upload a photo if you participated in related demonstrations.
Protesters took to Capitol steps Tuesday in Lansing to sound off on right-to-work legislation that became law after Gov. Rick Snyder did an abrupt about-face on the issue last week and a series of related bills passed in the House and Senate. [Did you participate in the demonstrations? Leave a comment, upload a photo or email New Baltimore-Chesterfield Patch!] Read on for a description of each bill and to find out how lawmakers who represent local citizens voted. The legislation makes Michigan a "right-to-work" state and was passed 58 to 52 in the House on Dec. 6, according to michiganvotes.org. The bill prohibits unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a term of employment. It also includes a $1 million appropriation to make it "…
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The state representative, whose district includes New Baltimore and Chesterfield Township, says the Senate bill could damage small businesses.
State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine voted Tuesday against a bill that would change the Michigan tax code by categorizing Roll Your Own tobacco shops as cigarette manufacturers, according to a news release. "Senate Bill 930 classifies any store with a cigarette rolling machine as a manufacturer of tobacco products," her office stated. "This bill damages our small businesses by creating a regulatory structure that they are unable to exist under," LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township, stated. "One of my utmost priorities is to protect small businesses and job providers in the communities I represent, and therefore I vehemently opposed this bill." The state representative's district also includes New Baltimore and Chesterfield Township. Senate Bill 930 …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Republican state representative lauds governor's emphasis on public safety in 2012 State of the State Address.
State representative Andrea LaFontaine praised Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address on Wednesday. "I was inspired by what the governor had to say,” LaFontaine said in a press release. “Last year as I watched his first speech, I was nervous about the countless obstacles we had to overcome to begin to repair our economy. One year later, I'm more confident than ever in our state. Jobs are on the upswing and revenue increases will follow.” LaFontaine, a Republican from Columbus Township who represents New Baltimore and Chesterfield Township, singled out the governor’s remarks on public safety. Snyder promised to give a special message on public safety in March, and he vowed to reduce crime in Detroit, Flint and Saginaw. "I was …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Michigan House of Representatives held a ceremony Thursday to honor first-responders and Michigan natives who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks 10 years ago.
As the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the Michigan House of Representatives held a ceremony Thursday to honor first responders and Michigan natives who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, who represents Chesterfield Township, New Baltimore and other nearby communities, attended the ceremony with St. Clair Shores firefighter Sam LoPiccolo and Jeff White, who serves as chief of emergency medical services at the Richmond-Lenox E.M.S. Ambulance Authority, according to LaFontaine's office. "It is important to always remember those who gave their lives to protect us and to continually honor those who risk everything to keep us safe," the representative said in a news release. After the presentation …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine authors a bill pertaining to the agricultural industry that is signed into state law by Gov. Rick Snyder this week in Lansing.
State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, who represents Chesterfield Township, New Baltimore and nearby communities, joined Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday to have her first bill signed into state law. LaFontaine, R-Richmond, authored the legislation meant to encourage farmland preservation by offering farmers a discounted repayment on liens to the state, according to her office. "Farmers and farmland are the backbone of our state and its heritage," she said in a prepared statement Wednesday. "This bill is a win-win for farmers and fiscal responsibility. Not only does it protect our precious farmland, but it also makes a fiscally responsible reform to the PA 116 program that has helped countless farmers preserve valuable land." The new law is meant to give…
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Chesterfield Township Library is on list of stops this month.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
State Rep. Andrea LaFontaine announced June office hours Wednesday, including a Chesterfield Township location. Monday, June 13 Friday, June 17 Monday, June 20 For more information, contact 866-347-8032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.