Huizenga works for small businesses

Yesterday, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 1343, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act. This legislation allow small businesses to compete with larger companies by reforming SEC Rule 701 which places burdensome federal filing requirements on employee compensation packages. By lifting the threshold, small businesses will be able to offer employees more compensation options in order to better retain and attract talent. “By increasing Rule 701 to the threshold of $10 million, it will give private companies more flexibility to attract, reward, and retain employees.” said Representative Bill Huizenga, “This simple change would allow companies to offer twice as much stock to their employees annually without having to trigger additional disclosure information to investors about compensation packages that include securities offerings.” H.R. 1343 passed with a vote of 331 to 87.

Ms. Wheelchair Michigan jams for accessibility

Ms. WheelChair Michigan Jamie Spore is working to expand accessibility throughout the lakeshore starting with a fundraiser. All Access Jam: A progressive concert for an accessible community will occur on Saturday April 15th 5:00pm -8:00pm throughout downtown Ludington.


All proceeds from the event will be used to establish the Accessibility for Mason County Fund.  Future projects include: the construction of wheelchair-accessible swings and other adaptive playground equipment, the establishment of accessibility awareness events, and the construction of other accessibility-related structures, such as ramps. The evening will include performances by  Adam Knudsen, Chad Rushing, Mike Lenich, John Merchant, Dean Dostal, Joey Mankus, Jason Hargreaves and Andy Thomas.

Spectrum receives Healthgrade award

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is a recipient of the Healthgrades  2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

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This award recognizes Spectrum among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data. “Two of our primary focus areas are patient safety and patient experience,” said Randall L. Kelley, FACHE. “The fact that our hospital has achieved this recognition for the second straight year is highly significant. It demonstrates that our medical and clinical staffs are not only successfully implementing our safety protocols, but also consistently applying them over time.”

Scottville considers fiduciary role for Harvest Festival

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The Scottville city commission will hear a request today from the newly formed Harvest Festival board to act as a fiduciary until the board can complete the necessary steps to become an independent 501c3 non-profit organization. The Scottville Harvest festival for 2017 was cancelled in order to better prepare and become a more fiscally sustainable event.  The Scottville City commission meeting will occur at 5:30pm tonight.

Distracted Driving legislation introduced

Jim Santilli, chief executive officer of the Transportation Improvement Association, and State Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) Friday announced distracted driving legislation they've designed with the goal of reducing fatalities, injuries, and traffic crashes in Michigan. "When operating a motor vehicle, we all have a personal responsibility to protect our life and the lives of the innocent people traveling around us at all times," said Santilli. "No text message, social media update, internet search, or any other distraction is worth putting a life in jeopardy.”

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If this legislation is signed into law, a driver may use a portable electronic device in hands-free mode as long as the driver can activate or deactivate a function on the portable electronic device with a single swipe or tap of their finger. The portable electronic device must also be safely mounted on the windshield, dashboard, or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver's view of the road.

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