Speaker Chatfield still supports whistleblower protections

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today reiterated his support for Senate Bill 686, which would have provided important protections for whistleblowers reporting illegal activity in state government. Gov. Whitmer vetoed SB 686 earlier this afternoon. “Anyone who sees illegal activity, fraud or abuse in state government should have the ability to report it without…

Sault Ste. Marie awarded community development state grant

The State of Michigan today announced a grant of more than $4 million for Sault Ste. Marie to improve access to downtown and continue its ongoing ‘placemaking’ efforts for the city. The funding will be used to improve four public areas of the city, transforming sidewalk and bike access, replacing signage, expanding green space, and…

Common ground found on restrictions to regional transit authority

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today announced a new plan to restrict the existing regional transit authority (RTA) and allow southeast Michigan voters to choose for themselves whether to participate in the system. The new bill is House Bill 5550, introduced by state Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica. The bill places several key safeguards…

Speaker Chatfield on the governor’s budget proposal

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement on Gov. Whitmer’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal: “I look forward to talking with Gov. Whitmer about the priorities her team laid out this morning. There are some areas where we will have to improve upon her agenda, where she continued to pick winners…

Bipartisan task force on criminal justice reform finalizes its recommendations

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today released the following statement after the Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration finalized its recommendations and prepared a report to the Legislature on their findings: “The state Legislature made criminal justice reforms a priority in 2019 and delivered several important changes to make Michigan a safer…

Rep. Chatfield sets local winter office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield is inviting residents to join him during local office hours for the months of January and February. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Friday, January 10, 10:00–11:00 a.m. Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce 124 N Main St. Cheboygan, MI 49721 Friday, February 21, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. McKinley Township…

Speaker Chatfield on welfare work requirements

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey today released the following statement on the governor’s request to suspend the state’s work requirements for Medicaid benefits:   “Able-bodied adults who want cash assistance and subsidized healthcare coverage should obviously be expected to either work part time or at least prepare for…