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Jury duty, trampoline court guidelines signed into law by Governor

Jury duty, trampoline court guidelines signed into law by Governor

LANSING, Mich.—Full-time college students called to jury duty can now postpone their service until the end of the school year.

Governor Snyder signed that bill into law Tuesday.  It allows students attending higher education in Michigan to delay jury duty if they can prove it will interfere with their class schedule. A similar exemption already exists for eligible high school students.

“Serving on a jury is an important part of our civic responsibility,” Snyder said. “However, for college students, jury duty can be disruptive to their studies. This law gives them the opportunity to focus on their education while still giving them the opportunity to serve after the school year.”  

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

Senator Jansen decides against congressional run

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  Republican Senator Mark Jansen says he will not join the race for Congressman Justin Amash’s seat next year.

“I have decided at this time my focus will continue to help Michigan find the road to recovery, from Grand Rapids to Detroit to the Upper Peninsula to our lake shores,” Jansen said. ”Right now I really feel the call to continue helping Michigan’s recovery as my Senate term ends in 13 short months.”

Jansen says he has been “strongly encouraged” to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat for the past two years.  He believes people want the same level of reform achieved in Michigan to happen in Washington.

Jansen represents the northern portion of Kent County.  The U.S. 3rd Congressional District includes Belding, Rockford, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Walker, Ada and Cascade, Alpine Township, Sparta, Plainfield Township and all of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Comptroller keeps her job

Grand Rapids Comptroller keeps her job

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Comptroller Sara Vander Werff is sticking around.

Vander Werff took 56 percent of the vote in Tuesday night’s election, besting Rina Baker.  Vander Werff got 8,046 votes from Grand Rapids’ 77 precincts; Baker took 6,245 votes.

Vander Werff took over as comptroller in April, after Donijo Dejonge resigned in December.

Former first ladies plan Grand Rapids visit

Former first ladies plan Grand Rapids visit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Former first ladies Barbara and Laura Bush will visit Grand Rapids in April to honor late first lady Betty Ford, who would have been 95 years old this year.

On April 8, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation is teaming up with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to host a day-long conference and luncheon titled America's First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy.  The event will focus on the role of first ladies and how the affect society.

Susan Ford Bales will join the Bush's for a luncheon at the JW Marriott.  Tickets to attend are $50.

The first of two panel discussions, "First Ladies as Influence Makers", will begin at 3 p.m. inside the Gerald R.

DNR Wants Your Opinion on Draft Land Management Plan - April 22

DNR Wants Your Opinion on Draft Land Management Plan - April 22
Press Release -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 27, 2013 Contact: Steve Sutton, 517-241-9049 or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014 DNR seeks public input on draft land management plan at regional open houses A series of informational open houses is planned to give Michiganders an opportunity to provide input on a draft land management plan developed by the Department of Natural Resources with the assistance of an advisory group. The plan, which outlines a strategy for DNR-managed public lands, is a requirement under a law signed by Gov. Rick Snyder last year that capped how much land the DNR can acquire for public use. The draft land use strategy calls for improved access on DNR-managed public lands and, for the first time, sets a standard for public access to the Great Lakes and rivers.

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

MI House Representative Takes A Flying Leap

It was a cold February day when MI House Representative Lisa Poshumus Lyons took a flying leap into a freezing pool for charity. It was the Legislative Polar Plunge at the Capitol Building in Lansing for Special Olympics Michigan Athletes. About 20 Michigan Legislators, plus Lt. Governor Brian Calley lined up to show their support for Special Olympics Michigan. The second annual Legislative Polar Plunge raised more than $30,000 to benefit children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This Polar Plunge was one of 28 Polar Plunges throughout Michigan from January through this month to benefit Special Olympics Michigan.

Computer Programs With Problems Filing 2012 GR Income Tax Returns

Contact: John Schaut
Income Tax Administrator
City of Grand Rapids
(616) 456-3415
 

Problems with Filing of 2012 Grand Rapids Income Tax Returns using Computerized Income Tax Preparation Products
 

The vast majority of income tax returns filed with the City of Grand Rapids are prepared using computerized income tax preparation software available online or purchased at local retail stores.