House panel advances Rep. Lightner’s plan holding state government accountable

Lawmaker: More transparency needed in state’s procurement process The House Oversight Committee this week unanimously approved state Rep. Sarah Lightner’s plan holding state government accountable by providing more transparency and oversight to the procurement process. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) is responsible for contracts and purchasing decisions for all of the…

Rep. Lightner announces local office hours

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport has scheduled February office hours to meet with residents of the 65th District. “Being accessible to my constituents is important to me,” Rep. Lightner said. “I welcome all to attend for a legislative update and to discuss ways we can move our state forward.” Office hours are scheduled for…

Rep. Lightner proposal honoring fallen first responder now law

A portion of I-94 will be known as the “Trooper Manuel H. Fields Memorial Highway” after a plan from state Rep. Sarah Lightner was recently signed into law by the governor. Trooper Manuel H. Fields was conducting a traffic stop on Aug. 27, 1994 on a westbound stretch of I-94 when a vehicle crossed the…

COLUMN: Looking back on my first year serving in the Michigan House

It has been a great honor and a humbling experience to serve the people of our communities in Michigan’s 100th Legislature. Now that my first year serving as your representative has come to an end, I’m proud to say 2019 was exciting and productive. Last year, I held multiple opportunities each month for people to…

Rep. Lightner issues statement after governor signs supplemental budget measures

Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport – a member of the House Appropriations Committee – issued the following statement after Gov. Whitmer signed supplemental budget measures restoring funding for essential services: “It’s been a long journey, but after months of hard work I am glad to say the Legislature and governor have come together to restore…

Rep. Lightner to host tele-town hall on auto insurance reform

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport will host a tele-town hall meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17 to discuss the upcoming changes in Michigan’s car insurance system. Lightner will be joined by Rep. Jason Wentworth, who serves as chairman of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates. “Much needed auto insurance reform is just…

Rep. Lightner announces local office hour

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport has scheduled a December office hour to meet with residents of the 65th District. “We’ve achieved a lot in Lansing over the last year, but our work is far from done,” Rep. Lightner said. “I welcome constituents from across the district for a legislative update, and to hear my…

COLUMN: Decline in hunting could hurt Michigan’s conservation efforts

Sitting in my deer blind during this firearms season, I had some time to reflect on the status of hunting in Michigan – and I must admit I’m a bit concerned that our hunting heritage is falling to the wayside. Our state’s abundant natural resources provide a beautiful backdrop to get out into the woods…

Rep. Lightner: No-fault reform already delivering results for Michigan drivers

State Rep. Sarah Lightner, of Springport, today said the fee reduction announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is the first indication Michigan drivers will save a significant amount of money through the state’s recent car insurance reforms. The MCCA announced it will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for the year-long period beginning July…

Rep. Lightner: Lack of oversight in state’s procurement process is ‘concerning’

State Rep. Sarah Lightner, of Springport, today testified before the House Oversight Committee in support of her plan holding state government accountable by providing more transparency and oversight to the procurement process. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) is responsible for contracts and purchasing decisions for all of the agencies under the…

Rep. Lightner announces local office hours

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport has scheduled office hours for the month of November to meet with residents of the 65th District. “We’ve had a productive month is Lansing,” Rep. Lightner said. “I look forward to sharing legislative updates, and I welcome all to attend and share their priorities with me.” Office hours are…

COLUMN: Programs vetoed by governor are too important to ignore

Typically, the state budget process is completed once the governor signs the plan approved by the Legislature. This year, things are playing out a little differently – the budget is signed and completed, but the governor vetoed funding for several critical programs. To be exact, there were 147 vetoes in all. The governor has transparently…