Rep. Calley: Drone use around correctional facilities is a pressing issue

The Michigan House today voted to advance a multi-bill package co-sponsored by state Rep. Julie Calley establishing needed state laws for drones. Within the plan, Calley highlighted House Bill 5495, which lists facilities where use of unmanned aircraft systems will be prohibited under state law. The language refers to knowingly and intentionally interfering with “key…

Michigan House approves Rep. Calley bill safeguarding election integrity

Legislation ensures qualified voter file is kept up to date Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Julie Calley to protect the integrity of elections in Michigan was overwhelmingly approved today in the Michigan House. Calley’s legislation, House Bill 5646, requires the Secretary of State to keep the list of people who are registered and qualified to…

Calley votes to invest in county veteran services

           House passes bill providing counties grants for veteran services State Rep. Julie Calley today joined the Michigan House of Representatives in approving legislation encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Under the legislation that Calley co-sponsors, each county with a veteran service…

Rep. Calley legislation seeks to improve online voter registration

Committee hears testimony in support from Secretary of State State Rep. Julie Calley, of Portland, today testified before the House Elections and Ethics Committee in support of her legislation to improve the state’s online voter registration standards. Her bill requires the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) to develop and maintain an internet-based voter registration interface….

Rep. Calley’s resolution to name March as Reading Month adopted

State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland introduced a resolution on Wednesday to name March as Reading Month in the state of Michigan. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives. “Reading opens doors in many ways,” Rep. Calley said. “It is a cornerstone of education, leads to lifelong learning, and is crucial to…

Calley supports legislation protecting children involved in abuse investigations

Bipartisan bill package requires the recording of forensic interviews State Rep. Julie Calley, of Portland, voted in favor of legislation aimed at bringing additional clarity to legal matters involving allegations of child abuse and neglect. The legislation was approved this week in the Michigan House with overwhelming support. The bipartisan three-bill package requires all forensic…

Rep. Calley approves more money for road repairs

Plan includes money specifically for Barry and Ionia counties Roads in Barry and Ionia counties would benefit from legislation approved today by Rep. Julie Calley and the Michigan House. The $175 million bill provides additional money for road preservation and construction across Michigan as early as this summer. “Our drivers need safe, dependable roads, and…

Rep. Calley welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Julie Calley welcomed Senior Pastor Steve Smail from the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Plainwell to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or a clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Speaker Tom Leonard joined them…

Rep. Calley bill addresses status of county auditors within election law

A bill introduced by state Rep. Julie Calley of Portland cleaning up Michigan election law by eliminating references to a local office no longer being utilized was advanced today in a unanimous vote by the Michigan House. There are currently no elected boards of county auditors in the state of Michigan. The last remaining board,…

Rep. Calley invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend her local office hours in two communities on Monday, Feb. 26. Rep. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. Then, if residents have individual concerns, she will take one on one meetings. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations: Campbell Township…

Legislators applaud governor’s plans to end privatized prison food service, restore jobs to local residents

State Reps. Julie Calley and Thomas Albert today praised Gov. Rick Snyder’s plans to end privatized food service at Michigan’s state prisons, returning the duties of preparing food to state workers. Ionia County corrections facilities will hire new workers to complete the transition. Today during his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, Snyder announced he…

Rep. Calley congratulates 2018 Michigan Hunt winner from Lake Odessa

State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland congratulates Don Rademacher of Lake Odessa as he is one of three winners of the 9th annual Pure Michigan Hunt. The winners receive licenses for elk, bear, spring turkey, fall turkey and antlerless deer hunting as well as a base license. In addition, they have first pick at a…

State Reps. Calley and Albert host joint office hours

State Reps. Thomas Albert of Lowell and Julie Calley of Portland will hold a joint office hour meeting in Ionia this February. Reps. Albert and Calley both represent Ionia County. “I am happy to be joining Rep. Calley to address the questions and concerns of our community,” Albert said. “I encourage all residents to join…

Rep. Calley invites The Right Door CEO to State of the State address

State Rep. Julie Calley is joined by her guest, The Right Door CEO Robert Lathers, at the governor’s State of the State address on the House floor today. Calley said she chose to invite Lathers because she wanted to recognize his impactful work in Ionia County before he retires in the spring. The Right Door…

Rep. Calley’s resolution names January as Mentoring Month

State Rep. Julie Calley of Portland introduced a resolution on Thursday to name January as Mentoring Month in the state of Michigan. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives. “I am confident that all of us in this room had the advantage of a mentor,” Rep. Calley said addressing her colleagues on…