COLUMN: Giving a voice to the people as UIA, governor fail to listen

By state Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency continues to struggle while people throughout the state wait for their unemployment claims to be fulfilled. A fulfilled claim may equate to a bill paid or groceries for another two weeks, as people go through unprecedented financial hardship following executive orders from the governor…

Michigan residents fed up as state’s unemployment system struggles to keep up

By state Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted lives and livelihoods across Michigan. ‘Stay home’ orders and directives defining essential businesses have caused more than 20 percent of Michigan’s workforce to be unemployed, according to a recent report from the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. Inevitably, that has led to…

Rep. Farrington green lights additional emergency declaration

Legislature approves extended emergency status through end of April State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, today announced her support for a resolution extending Michigan’s coronavirus-forced state of emergency – along with the governor’s related powers – through the end of April. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had originally requested the powers run through mid-June – a timeline…

COLUMN: Mobilizing against coronavirus on behalf of Macomb County

By state Rep. Diana Farrington of Utica These are unprecedented times in Macomb County. We have seen cases of coronavirus rise steadily in recent days as more testing continues to occur. It is likely that as the number of administered tests rises, so will reported positives. Southeast Michigan, including Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, has…

Rep. Farrington champions plan to protect survivors of violence, abuse

Proposal would establish Address Confidentiality Program in Michigan State Rep. Diana Farrington’s plan – part of a bipartisan, bicameral proposal to strengthen protections for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault in Michigan – was recently approved by the House with unanimous bipartisan support. Farrington, of Utica, said the proposal would allow survivors to keep…

Rep. Farrington leads compromise to provide RTA with needed flexibility

Plan allows counties to opt out of transit service areas State Rep. Diana Farrington today introduced a solution to ensure residents of the four counties that make up the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan are not forced to pay for services they do not receive. Farrington, of Utica, said her plan allows smaller service…

Rep. Farrington appointed to House Families, Children and Seniors Committee

State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, has been appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as a member of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee. The committee is responsible for issues and legislation pertaining to the state’s population of children and seniors. Further, the preservation of the family, and streamlining the social service programs….

New law sponsored by Rep. Farrington removes unnecessary barrier for Michigan mortgage industry workers

Legislation from state Rep. Diana Farrington easing requirements for mortgage loan originators when they change employers within the industry has been signed into law. Loan originators employed by a federally insured financial institution must be licensed and registered with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System. This registration makes them exempt from state licensure. But when these…

Rep. Farrington continuing to fight for critical state funding

House approves new supplemental budget plan State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, today voted to restore key funding vetoed by the governor two months ago, protecting Michigan workers, children and families. The governor originally issued a total of 147 line-item vetoes within a budget proposal previously approved by the Legislature before the Oct. 1 constitutional…