first_imgTHE presence of an armed garda unit in Co Donegal over the last few days is ‘not unusual’ senior officers say.The Regional Response Unit has been on patrol in the east, north and south of the county over the past week.Patrols have taken place in Inishowen, Lifford, Raphoe, Ballyshannon and Donegal Town. The Northern Region unit patrols are used regularly in the Border counties. GARDA ARMED UNITS ‘NOT UNUSUAL’ SAY OFFICERS was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Armed Response UnitGardaREGIONAL RESPONSE UNITlast_img read more

My first seven months as your representative

first_img Now that I have been in office for seven months, I want to provide a short review of my work as your state representative. Being a public servant means I serve at the pleasure of my constituents, so if you ever would like to chat about what I can be doing better, please reach out.With a busy session schedule, serving on five committees, conducting stakeholder meetings, attending events in district, I am happy to say it’s been a very productive time. It was also challenging, as I underwent surgery and treatment for stage 4 stomach cancer. Through it all I missed only two days of voting and am now cancer-free! Taking on this new role of addressing the needs of 90,000 people has been so rewarding.  I love being your state representative and I want to thank you for this opportunity to represent you and to fulfill my dream of crafting good public policy that helps our state to continue to thrive. With that, here is a quick recap:***On my last day of radiation treatment, I introduced a bipartisan plan to incentivize installing and operating electric vehicle charging stations. Electric vehicles are a great economical and environmentally conscious option for many Michigan families, but access to charging stations remains a stumbling block. This plan will allow anyone to install and operate charging stations and charge for their use once they have been licensed.***As a member of the Oversight Committee, I learned Children’s Protective Services (CPS) has been failing our most vulnerable population: abused and neglected children.I introduced a bill to split cases into two separate follow-up actions to give CPS caseworkers flexibility, while still requiring them to help the family receive local services to guarantee the safety of the children.This bill, part of a bipartisan package, puts CPS on the correct path to better protect our children that are in dire need of safety.***I hosted a Facebook Live town hall to discuss road funding and the future of Michigan’s infrastructure with the Chair of the Transportation Committee, Jack O’Malley. This gave people the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns from their own homes. The video can be viewed on my website and Facebook page.***My bill to provide greater government transparency by including the legislature in FOIA-type requests, along with a series of bipartisan companion bills, should be taken up by the Senate later this year.***I attended monthly education group meetings with local officials and advocates from both Waterford and Clarkston schools. I’ve met many of you at my well-attended office hours. I also hosted a roundtable with community leaders to discuss the issue of increased teenage use of e-cigarette products.***If you ever need assistance, please join me at my monthly office hours, call my office at 517-373-0615, or email me at [email protected] I am truly honored to be your state representative and I hope to hear from you.### 23Jul My first seven months as your representative Categories: Schroeder Newslast_img read more