Dear Neighbor,

Here is some information that I hope you will find helpful, including updates and news from your state government.

Gov. Whitmer Signs Clean Energy Bills 

Gov. Whitmer recently signed legislation to promote clean energy, create new jobs and lower energy costs for Michigan residents.

House Bills 4317 and 4318 permit solar energy companies and local governments to opt into payments in lieu of taxes to help reduce red tape and make it easier for solar power to expand.

Senate Bill 288 removes the sunset clause on the Michigan Energy Assistance Program to continue providing energy assistance for low-income households.

Senate Bills 302 and 303 expand the qualifying projects for the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. C-PACE works with local governments, property owners and contractors to help fund energy efficient projects.

Harmful ‘Conversion Therapy’ Banned

House Bills 4616 and 4617, which were recently signed into law by Gov. Whitmer, prohibit harmful and unscientific conversion therapy practices for minors. “Conversion therapy” refers to any act that attempts to alter a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. These practices can lead to adverse long-term effects and have been widely criticized by medical and mental health professionals alike. I am proud to have voted “yes” to protect our LGBTQ+ youth from these dangerous practices.

Medicaid Beneficiaries Have Extra Month to Submit Renewal Paperwork

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently extended the deadline for Medicaid renewal forms to be submitted. Beneficiaries will have an extra month to submit their paperwork, preserving benefits for all qualifying individuals. This timeline includes people with a Monday, July 31, deadline and will continue monthly through May 2024. To check your renewal month, visit the MIBridges website here.

Rep. Hope Tours LCC’s Aviation Center

Last week, I toured Lansing Community College’s (LCC) state-of-the-art Aviation Technology Center. The two-year program is accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration. After completion, students can work as an aircraft technician anywhere in the U.S. It was great to learn more about this unique LCC offering. Aircraft technicians are in high demand, and the jobs pay well. Whether for a student right out of high school or an older student looking for a second career, this is a great opportunity right here in the LCC district.

Rep. Hope
Rep Hope


Kara Hope

State Representative