LaFave: ‘Gov. Wantmore’ determined to make life for future generations of Michiganders as difficult as possible
State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today said a plan from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to sell bonds for road funding isn’t new – and that seeking $3.5 billion in upcoming years won’t be any different except for the massive financial burden it lays at the feet of taxpayers for generations to come.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 10:29 AM
The Marquette County Sheriff and local court officials are looking into solutions for their jail overcrowding problem. The county's jail was built in 1975 and designed to hold 62 people. Even after restructuring in the 1990's, the facility is still too small to accommodate the ever-growing population.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 10:00 AM
In her second State of the State Address Wednesday night, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Michigan will borrow $3.5 billion through bonds to rebuild state highways and bridges over the next five years.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 12:00 AM
The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee unanimously approved a plan giving 100-percent disabled military veterans greater access to Michigan’s state parks and license plate options.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 12:00 AM
The Michigan Legislature began its 2020 session earlier this month. State legislators for the local area discussed their goals and expectations for the year ahead.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:00 AM
State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, this week voted for a pair of proposals
working to expand effective broadband services to more areas in the Upper Peninsula,
including in Delta,Dickinson and Menomineecounties.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:00 AM
The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee today unanimously approved a plan giving 100-percent disabled military veterans greater access to Michigan’s state parks and license plate options.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:00 AM
Michigan is one step closer to formally banning vitamin E acetate in vaping products.
On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee reported three bills that would ban the processing and sale of any marijuana or tobacco products that contains vitamin E acetate, making it a misdemeanor punishable by fines of up to $10,000.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:00 AM
Upper Peninsula lawmakers derided a recent letter from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to Enbridge that formally requested over half-a-century’s worth of information as part of its unceasing investigation of Line 5.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 11:00 AM
Delta County residents voiced their opinions on Tuesday evening about becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary county.
There was standing room only at a Committee of the Whole meeting for the Delta County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, to talk about making the county a sanctuary county.
Friday, January 10, 2020 12:00 AM
Rep. LaFave: Justice isn’t being served with ethics violations, structural flaws, and cover-ups in AG’s Office
State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today issued the following statement in response to new revelations surfacing out of Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office regarding the resignation of Assistant Attorney General Brian Kolodziej. An internal investigation determined several department employees knew of Kolodziej’s unethical sexual relationship with the victim in a sexual assault case he was prosecuting.
Friday, January 3, 2020 9:07 PM
State Representative, Beau LaFave recently introduced House Bill 5301 which would allow members of the state legislature to use existing flights to and from Upper Michigan to travel to Lansing.
Sunday, December 29, 2019 12:00 AM
State Rep. Beau LaFave today condemned Gov. Whitmer’s decision to veto a plan that would have restored the practice of baiting and feeding deer in Michigan.
Friday, December 27, 2019 12:00 AM
A House bill that would have doubled the time frame for property financing from 15 to 30 years for county road commissions was vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Dec. 18.
Friday, December 6, 2019 12:00 AM
State Rep. Beau LaFave said legislation introduced this week by Democrats in the Legislature is just the latest attempt by liberals to chip away at the fundamental right of Michigan citizens to keep and bear arms.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 6:14 PM
State Rep. Beau LaFave and the Michigan House Thursday approved a budget plan to reverse many of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s politically motivated budget vetoes – a key step in the effort to restore funding for local governments, law enforcement, veterans services and other vital programs.
Monday, November 4, 2019 1:09 PM
This week, Don Ryan sits down with State Representative Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain), who represents Michigan's 108th House District.
Thursday, October 24, 2019 12:00 AM
State Rep. Beau LaFave’s plan to update the accessibility icon used on signs and in parking lots and buildings in Michigan, better reflecting the lifestyles of people with disabilities, has been unanimously approved by the state House.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:00 AM
State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, this week offered testimony on a proposal that will allow hunters with physical disabilities a realistic option for hunting.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:00 AM
The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee, chaired by state Rep. Beau LaFave, today heard testimony on a bipartisan plan that would implement “constitutional carry” in Michigan.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:00 AM
State Rep. Beau LaFave issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to line-item veto key programs and priorities in the Legislature’s budget plan:
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:00 AM
Two bills in the state House of Representatives are aimed at reversing all or part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s controversial ban on flavored vape liquid.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:00 AM
In the nine months since Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel took office, a somewhat surprising contender has emerged as her loudest critic in the Legislature – Upper Peninsula lawmaker Beau LaFave.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:37 PM
State Rep. Beau LaFave Wednesday introduced a new measure to eliminate the governor’s ability to ban e-cigarettes without consent of lawmakers.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:00 AM
State Rep. Beau LaFave says he’s working with House colleagues on a bill that would allow legal Michigan adults to vape flavored nicotine, dodging Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmers’ emergency order ban of the product in retail stores and online.
Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:00 AM
Feeling that their constitutional rights are under attack, hundreds of gun rights advocates from around the state openly displayed firearms at the state capitol on Tuesday, while attending the 2019 Second Amendment March. This year’s speakers focused on the issues of right to open carry and red flag laws.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:00 AM
State Rep. Beau LaFave recently announced the winners of his summer photo contest. Residents from Dickinson, Menominee, and Delta counties submitted photos for consideration. The winning photos were submitted by Amanda Kivi, Becky Savard, and Judy Reid.
Thursday, August 29, 2019 4:47 PM
An Upper Peninsula lawmaker believes Michigan residents shouldn't have to pay sales tax to exercise their Second Amendment rights to bear arms.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 12:00 AM
After erosion created a large gap between one of two Line 5 pipelines in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan, Enbridge says it wants to install more than 50 screw anchors.
Monday, July 15, 2019 9:00 PM
The Michigan Natural Resources Commission voted as a panel to continue a ban on baiting and feeding in parts of Michigan.
Friday, July 5, 2019 12:00 AM
Despite bipartisan support from the Upper Peninsula, a bill to close Michigan’s “dark store” tax loophole remains stalled in the Legislature, state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, told city council members Monday.
Monday, September 24, 2018 5:00 PM
A new plan proposed by state Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, will keep local governments from enacting breed-specific ordinances related to service animals.
Friday, September 7, 2018 6:00 PM
Michigan’s no-fault car insurance system – responsible for the costliest rates in the nation – could have its fate decided by voters under a new plan announced Thursday by state Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain.
Friday, September 7, 2018 12:00 PM
Rep. LaFave indroduces a bill to protect good samiritans that break car windows to save animals or humans.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 4:00 PM
People convicted of planning or carrying out a violent threat against students and school employees on school grounds will see it on their criminal record under a plan unveiled today by state Rep. Beau LaFave.
Friday, August 17, 2018 12:00 AM
Rep. LaFave and Senator Casperson joined Governor Snyder for his 8th visit to the U.P. State Fair while being in office. The visit included a tour of the barns and local vendors.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Rep. LaFave joins Senator Tom Casperson and other local officials in dedicating new Delta County Forest land.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 7:00 PM
Rep. LaFave was awarded the "2018 Cancer Fighter Award" for his work in the Michigan Legislature. The award is sponsored by; AIM at Melanoma Foundation, American Cancer Society Cancer, Action Network, American Lung Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Cancer Support Community Ann Arbor, Colon Cancer Alliance, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, Gilda’s Club Detroit, Greater Lansing Oncology Nursing Society, International Myeloma Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Metro Detroit Chapter Oncology Nursing Society, Michigan Breast Cancer Alliance, Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance, Michigan Society of Hematology & Oncology, National Patient Advocacy Foundation, Sisters Network Greater Metropolitan Detroit, Susan G. Komen Michigan, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Detroit.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:00 AM
House Bills 6066 and 6067 would allow teachers and other school employees to carry non-lethal self defense items such as tasers and pepper on to school grounds.
Monday, May 28, 2018 12:00 PM
The Iron Mountain Iron Mine celebrates their 60th anniversary in 2018. Rep. LaFave paid a special visit to honor their dedication to educate the people of the region about the U.P.'s mining tradition and heritage.
Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:00 PM
Introduced by state Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain), The bill — HB 5093 — specifically ensures all public school employees that switched from a pension to a 401k-style retirement plan in 2012 will be eligible for an improved saving option that would put them more in line with those of state employee.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:00 PM
Representative LaFave and Senator Casperson continue to address the crippling costs of energy in the Upper Peninsula. During the 2018 U.P. Energy Summit, Rep. LaFave and Senator Casperson both took part in a video conference with the Summit.
Friday, May 18, 2018 9:00 PM
As small business month continues on, Rep. LaFave made another stop at a local business. This time, Rainbow's End Alpaca Farm in Norway. Rep. LaFave assisted in the annual shearing of the 30 plus alpacas.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Rep. LaFave Votes to Fund Recreation Projects Across the State, Including Dickinson County Playground
State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today voted in support of a plan that will help improve a Dickinson County playground, along with many other recreational projects across Michigan.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 8:00 PM
The measure was introduced last week by 73 members of the House, including Representatives Sara Cambensy, Scott Dianda, and Beau LaFave. If made into law, the bill would name M-95 from the Dickinson County line north to the intersection with US-41 in Kivela’s honor.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 12:00 PM
State Rep. Beau LaFave today introduced a plan to cut down on threats against students and teachers in Michigan schools.
Monday, May 7, 2018 12:00 PM
Current law requires people to have a drivers license to operate electric wheel chairs and other mobility vehicles. Also under current law, those with certain prosthetics are required to have a drivers license.
Sunday, May 6, 2018 8:00 PM
As chronic wasting disease continues to spread across Wisconsin, the Michigan House of Representatives moves to stregthen their defenses and research to prevent the spread into Michigan.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 8:00 PM
As the opoid crisis continues to harm thousands, Rep. LaFave offers a small step in the right direction. The bill will be the first of many coming from the 99th legislature to combat the crisis.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 8:00 PM
The plan allows for the symbol to be a dynamic character leaning forward with a sense of movement and control of a wheelchair. The plan also requires the new symbol to be used by local and state governments. The new symbol will also remove the word “handicapped.”
Friday, April 27, 2018 7:00 PM
Rep. LaFave presented an official tribute to the Intensive Care Unit at the Dickinson County Hospital. "The awesome news coverage that they've been getting from national organizations and accolades and gold stars of success prove that we have a great hospital here in Dickinson County,” said LaFave.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 9:22 AM
Rep. LaFave defends 2nd Amendment from fellow Representative
In a recent cable news interview, Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo suggested a complete ban on all Semi-Automatic guns in Michigan. A Democrat from district 8, Rep. Gay-Dagnogo believes that guns should be confiscated acrossed the state.
After Representative LaFave vowed to protect our 2nd Amenment right, Gay-Dagnogo took to social media in a failed attempt to call out Rep. LaFave. In a Facebook Live Video, Gay-Dagnogo accused LaFave of "Race-baiting." Gay-Dagnogo said that calling her the "Representative from Detroit" was racist. LaFave stated that it is important that our Michigan Citizens know there are Representatives in Lansing who want to take away our civil rights and constitutional rights.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 8:00 PM
LaFave proposes numerous bills and supports other bills that would further protect schools and prevent mass shootings. "Taking away guns from law abiding citizens is not an option." says Rep. LaFave. "We need to take necessary steps to help protect or children without infringing on Constitutional Rights."
Thursday, April 19, 2018 6:30 AM
The Michigan Waterways Commission has recently proposed a registration tax for non-motorized watercrafts. Rep. LaFave has vowed to fight this ridiculous tax as long as he is in office.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:27 PM
LaFave votes no on a bill that allows Deer Sterilization to continue in Lower Peninsula while a struggling Michigan Deer herd tries to recover.
Friday, April 13, 2018 7:00 PM
Representative Beau LaFave stopped in to long time busniess, Northern RV in Quinnesec. Rep. LaFave had the chance to tour numrous trailers and campers as well as practice emptying black water tanks.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12:00 PM
The state House today overwhelmingly approved legislation by state Rep. Beau LaFave, encouraging high school students to earn course credit through an internship or work study program.
Monday, March 19, 2018 12:00 AM
New teachers would not be forced to take redundant professional development coursework after graduating from college under a school reform plan support by state Rep. Beau LaFave. LaFave, of Iron Mountain, questioned the necessity of a state-mandated professional development course, especially when new teachers should have completed similar coursework in college.
Thursday, March 8, 2018 2:35 PM
Beau LaFave as well as a number of fellow Representatives have introduced a package of bills to bring more oversight and transparency to Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture process.
Sunday, March 4, 2018 5:00 AM
Representative LaFave went on a Reading Marathon for "Reading Across America Day" on March 2nd. Rep. LaFave read a Dr. Suess book to 9 schools in the district while traveling over 200 miles. Students also had a chance to ask questions and learn about the State Legislator lifestyle.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 AM
Lansing has approved a $175 million increase in road funding on the Michigan Budget. Delta County will get an extra $418,000, with Menominee County getting $376,000, and Dickinson County seeing $313,000.
Monday, February 19, 2018 12:00 AM
Rep. LaFave voted for a set of bills that will finally give Michigan Residence a tax relief. Also, Beau voted to put an end to pesty driver responsibility fees.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 12:00 AM
Representative Beau LaFave was joined by State Senator Tom Casperson, Attorney General Bill Schuette, former State Representative Ed McBroom and a slew of other U.P. business leaders at the 2018 continental cup ski tournament. Beau announced his re-election bid at his Representative's Reception.
Thursday, February 8, 2018 8:00 PM
State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain cosponsored legislation Wednesday encouraging counties across the state to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.
Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:00 AM
Rep. LaFave cosponsored legislation encouraging counties across the state to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.
Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 AM
Representative LaFave introduces a bill to repeal No-Fault Insurance. Car insurance reform, an issue that Beau LaFave ran on in his 2016 campaign, has been at the forefront of his efforts in Lansing since he took office. The 8 bill package promises to cut Car Insurance premiums for Michigan drivers.
Saturday, January 27, 2018 12:00 AM
Representative LaFave continues to fight for disabled hunters in Michigan. The committee of Natural Resources heard testimony from numerous people on the topic of allowing pneumatic air bows to be used by hunters with disabilities.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:38 PM
A bill, writen by a Detroit Lawmaker, takes aim at funding for numerous U.P. schools. Schools that have "offensive" mascots could lose state funding if bill becomes law. Representative LaFave has vowed to fight bill to the end and defend U.P. schools.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4:30 AM
Rep. LaFave reacts to Snyder's final State of the State address. "I agree with Governor Snyder. We do need rural broadband in ever corner of Michigan. That should be one of our top priorities," says LaFave. "I also think that it's incredibly important to stop the [invasive species] Asian Carp. And I agree with him when he says, if the federal government isn't willing to stop the Asian Carp, than we will."
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 12:00 AM
Owners of U.P. Propane Dan and Cindy Harrington, joined Rep. LaFave for the State of the State in Lansing. The two local business leaders saw Governor Snyder deliver his last speech and also had the chance to meet a plethora of State Legislators.
Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:00 AM
Representative LaFave visited U.P. famous, Sayklly's Candies in late January. Beau was given a tour of the candy factory and even channeled his inner Willy Wonka when owner Kevin Robitaille gave him the opportunity to help out in the sweets making process. The company has been a yooper staple since 1906.
Friday, January 19, 2018 12:00 AM
Representative LaFave joined a number of his colleagues to support the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 12:00 AM
Expanding career skills for students remains one of Rep. LaFave's top priorities. Beau has sponsored legislation to better prepare students for the work force.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:00 AM
Representative LaFave voted to protect retiree benefits for Michigan police and fire.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 12:00 AM
Beau LaFave sponsors a bill to protect patients from balanced billing and eliminates out of pocket expenditures.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:00 AM
Representative LaFave continues his "LaFavorite Jobs" series at Mammoth Granite in Escanaba. Thus far, Beau LaFave has visited Dobbers Pasties, Issues & Answers and Mammoth Granite. Beau has successfully managed to visit a local business every two weeks.
Saturday, October 21, 2017 4:23 PM
Representative LaFave started a new series with local businesses in the 108th district. His first stop, Dobbers Pasties in Escanaba. Using an old fashion technique and a famous family recipe, Beau LaFave made pasties alongside Dobber's owner Brad Mantela. The new series has been named "Beau's LaFavorite Jobs" and will continue every 2 weeks.
Friday, June 2, 2017 7:41 PM
LaFave: Time to remove unjust burdens placed on lawful gun owners
Friday, June 2, 2017 7:39 PM
Lawmaker: Lack of funding will hurt rural communities
Friday, June 2, 2017 7:37 PM
Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain is sponsoring a tele-town hall for the residents of Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties.
Friday, May 19, 2017 12:00 AM
Sunday, April 2, 2017 11:48 AM
State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain will hold local office hours and meet with residents to discuss matters of state government.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:38 PM
State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today was among the leaders of a bipartisan effort aimed at making Michigan’s state government more accountable and open.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:37 PM
State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, has introduced a bill that creates the Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act that will outlaw local units of government from enacting ordinances that limit a local official, employee or police officer from communicating with federal officials regarding the immigration status of an individual.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:35 PM
State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain has visited several local schools to read to students throughout the month. In conjunction with March is Reading Month, Rep. LaFave is focusing his attention on fund-raising license plates, which helps fund libraries.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:32 PM
Bill allows Secretary of State to share photographs with Michigan State Police
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:30 PM
State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain this week supported a trio of resolutions urging the federal government to find a permanent solution for handling high-level nuclear waste and to support policies for recycling used nuclear fuel.
Sunday, February 5, 2017 3:01 PM
LaFave will be Vice-Chairman of House Natural Resources Committee and a member of 3 others
State Representative Beau Matthew LaFave has been selected as Vice-Chairman for the House Natural Resources Committee. He has also been appointed as a member of Insurance, Energy, and Judiciary Committees.
LaFave's Office can be contacted at 517.373.0156
Sunday, February 5, 2017 12:00 AM
Newly-elected State Representative Beau LaFave — among the youngest
politicians in Lansing at age 24 — has drafted several bills and even
introduced a few since his term began on Jan. 1.
“I’ve really enjoyed it,” the Iron Mountain resident said about his experiences so far as a House Representative for Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties in the Upper Peninsula.
LaFave said he is looking forward to serving the citizens in the 108th District and wants to prove to them that he will work for them as hard as he can.
Sunday, February 5, 2017 12:00 AM
State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, will be in Iron Mountain on
Saturday to talk with residents about what issues are important to them,
a spokesman said.
The coffee hour will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Storheim’s Restaurant in Iron Mountain.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:00 AM
UPPER PENINSULA — A bill recently introduced by State
Representative Beau LaFave is aiming to boost skilled trades training
for high school students.
House Bill 4106 allows eleventh and twelve grade students to reach out to any local business of their choosing, to fulfill an internship that will give these students academic credit. This legislation is focused on getting students involved with skilled trades training at a younger age. These trades could include welding, construction, automotive repair, computer information technology, and much more.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:00 AM
Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, said his constituents live between
350 and 500 miles from the state capitol. It's not a quick trip, and
"For us Yoopers it's incredibly important... we feel geographically isolated and to not have the sunshine shining into the capitol and the governor's office makes us Yoopers feel as though the government might not be working towards our best interests," LaFave said.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 12:00 AM
*CORRECTION* LaFave stated we might be able to lower auto-insurance prices BY up to $400/year.
A recent study revealed that Michigan drivers are paying some of the highest auto insurance premiums in the entire country. One State Representative is working to change that.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 12:00 AM
Michigan's Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley was in Dickinson County Tuesday. He swore in the newly elected 108th District State Representative, Beau LaFave. Representative LaFave took the oath of office at the Dickinson County Courthouse.
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Friday, August 5, 2016 3:22 PM
Alan Arcand has endorsed Beau Lafave for State Representative! Arcand cited LaFave's determination to fight for the people of Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties as the reason for the endorsement.
"Beau fought for and earned his victory the other night. His courage and tenacity are truly incredible qualities that I have come to admire and respect. I served my country and know a fighter when I see one. I am fully convinced that Beau LaFAVE is the fighter we need in Lansing." - Alan Arcand