Rep. Frederick plan to improve education advancement heads to governor

State Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to improve dual enrollment access for students and ensure full eligibility for high school seniors in the upcoming school year is on its way to Gov. Whitmer’s desk following unanimous passage in the House and Senate today. Under current dual enrollment laws, Michigan high school students may take approved postsecondary…

Rep. Frederick helps spearhead assistance for drivers with communication difficulties

State Rep. Ben Frederick today applauded advancement of a trio of bills which will help both law enforcement and those with communication impediments during routine traffic stops or emergencies. The bipartisan legislation – which Frederick had earlier helped to develop in the House – creates a designation for people who have difficulty communicating, which would…

Rep. Frederick nominated to serve on Michigan Workforce Development Board

State Rep. Ben Frederick today was nominated by the Speaker of the House to serve on the newly formed Michigan Workforce Development Board. The board, established by the governor on May 29, will be responsible for the development and continuous improvement of the workforce development system in Michigan. The board will help develop, implement and…

Rep. Frederick supports plan improving access to telehealth

Bipartisan plan makes preventative and routine health care more accessible for Michigan patients in COVID-19 era State Rep. Ben Frederick has voted in support of a plan to improve access to health care for Michigan patients via telehealth. Under current law, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must be done in real time….

Rep. Frederick urges governor to remove restrictions on medical services

State Rep. Ben Frederick today urged Gov. Whitmer to allow Michigan hospitals to perform elective surgeries, procedures and necessary care which have been halted by Executive Order since March 21.  Many hospitals, medical centers and other essential medical providers are facing dire financial hardships and inability to serve patients in need due to the coronavirus restrictions….

COLUMN: We must work together to help our communities safely recover from COVID-19

By State Reps. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, and Graham Filler, of DeWitt A month into Michigan’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, we’ve both heard hundreds of heart-wrenching stories from people in our communities who are struggling.   There’s no doubt everyone is worried about their loved ones and the possibility of them contracting the virus. We both…

Rep. Frederick announces mentorship program for 2020 graduates

In response to continued disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Ben Frederick today announced a team of professionals from across the 85th House District have volunteered to serve as 2020 Graduate Mentors for high school and college seniors. The initiative will be facilitated by Frederick’s office and the Shiawassee RESD. “Our 2020 seniors…

Rep. Frederick requests more COVID-19 transparency from state

State Rep. Ben Frederick has issued a formal letter to Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun requesting necessary information relevant to the state of coronavirus in Michigan. “The situation we are in is unprecedented and the more data the Legislature has to make informed decisions to improve conditions for our hardworking medical personnel…

Rep. Frederick: Grant program will help connect adult learners with in-demand jobs

House overwhelmingly approves bipartisan plan for Michigan Reconnect State Rep. Ben Frederick today led the Michigan House in approving a bipartisan plan to establish a new grant program aimed at helping people age 25 and older learn the skills they need to land well-paying, in-demand jobs with growing Michigan businesses. Frederick, of Owosso, said the…

Rep. Frederick applauds good government reforms

State Rep. Ben Frederick today said a plan unanimously approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor will improve the state budget process by increasing transparency and providing necessary checks and balances. Frederick, of Owosso, co-sponsored the legislation, which makes procedural changes to the State Administrative Board and establishes an earlier deadline…

Rep. Frederick: Plan finalized to end budget impasse, reverse governor’s cuts

State Rep. Ben Frederick today voted to reverse the governor’s cuts to initiatives helping the state’s most vulnerable residents – ending a budget impasse. Frederick, of Owosso, joined the Legislature in restoring funding to public safety, education, veterans’ services and several other programs. Two measures sponsored by Frederick – restoring $100,000 for the Autism Train…

House panel approves Rep. Frederick’s plan to protect residents, curb governor’s abuse of power

The House Government Operations Committee today approved a common-sense solution put forward by state Rep. Ben Frederick to address Michigan’s ongoing budget standoff. Frederick, of Owosso, said the plan relates to the State Administrative Board, which Gov. Whitmer recently used to unilaterally shift $625 million in taxpayer money without oversight or accountability. His proposal would…

Landmark plan introduced to protect Michigan residents, curb governor’s abuse of power

House Appropriations Chair Shane Hernandez and Rep. Ben Frederick today offered a pair of common-sense solutions to Michigan’s ongoing budget standoff, preserving some State Administrative Board powers while preventing gubernatorial abuse of the system. The plan relates to the board Gov. Whitmer recently used to unilaterally shift $625 million in taxpayer money without oversight or…

Rep. Frederick’s legislation improves access to student education advancement opportunities

State Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to improve dual enrollment access for students seeking summer education opportunities was unanimously approved by the Michigan House. Under current law, Michigan high school students are able to take approved postsecondary classes and are eligible for tuition reimbursement; however, students taking classes in the summer months are limited in reimbursement…