Senator Meekhof announces April office hours

 

LANSING—State Senator Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, announced he will hold office hours at three different locations in the 30th Senate District during the month of April.

Senator Meekhof will be available to meet with constituents at the following locations and times:

Monday, April 4, 2011
9:00 a.m.-10: 00 a.m.
Rainbow Grille
4225 32nd Ave
Hudsonville, MI 49246

Monday, April 11, 2011
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
JP’s Coffee House
57 East 8th St
Holland, MI 49423

Friday, April 15, 2011
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Jumpin’ Java Coffee Shop
215 Washington Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417

“I look forward to meeting with residents of the 30th Senate District to answer questions and listen to their concerns.  As the budget process progresses, it is critical that legislators return to their district to receive input from constituents,” said Meekhof. 

Meekhof plans to hold additional office hours in Jenison, Coopersville, and Zeeland during the month of May.  In June, Meekhof will be available to meet with constituents in Grandville, Holland, and Allendale.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact Meekhof’s office toll free at 1-866-305-2130.

Meekhof to hold town hall meetings

LANSING – Senator Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, announced today that he will hold town hall meetings to present the state budget to the residents of the 30th Senate District.

“I look forward to answering questions and discussing the budget with my constituents,” said Meekhof.  “Feedback from the residents of my district is vital to this process.”

The town hall meetings are free and open to the public and will be held at the following locations and times:

March 11, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Grand Haven Township Hall
13300 168th Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417

March 12, 2011
10:00 a.m.
Georgetown Township Hall
1515 Baldwin St
Jenison, MI 49428

March 12, 2011
3:00 p.m.
Royal Oak Park Place
500 Parkside Dr.
Zeeland, MI 49464

For more information please contact Meekhof’s office toll free at 1-866-305-2130.

Senate panel approves Meekhofs abortion ban legislation

LANSING –Legislation making it a felony in Michigan law for a physician to perform a partial birth abortion was approved Tuesday by a Senate panel, said sponsor Senator Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.

“This is one more step in the right direction toward banning a brutal and unnecessary practice in Michigan,” said Meekhof.  “I am grateful to my colleagues for taking up this important piece of legislation.  The ban on partial birth abortions is long overdue.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 160 by a vote of 3-1.  The committee also took approved Senate Bill 161 sponsored by Senator Goeff Hansen, R-Hart.  SB 161 prescribes sentencing guidelines for those violating the partial birth abortion ban.  SB 160 is tie-barred to SB 161.

Legislation to ban the practice of partial birth abortions has been introduced before in the form of the “Legal Birth Definition Act” which was vetoed by former Governor Jennifer Granholm.  A ban was later enacted through a citizens’ petition drive that was ultimately ruled unconstitutional by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Senate Bill 160 is modeled after the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 and meets the legal standards upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The bill must now go before the full Senate for further consideration.