Lilly announces Return to Learn plan prioritizing student safety as school resumes

$1.3 billion plan implements robust distance learning, safety measures State Rep. Jim Lilly joined House and Senate colleagues in unveiling a plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The Return to Learn plan, announced Tuesday morning during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and health departments…

Ottawa County lawmakers: Our area is ready to reopen

State Reps. Bradley Slagh, Jim Lilly and Luke Meerman, along with Sen. Roger Victory, today said Gov. Whitmer owes Ottawa County an explanation in the form of transparent documentation and metrics that support her reasoning for keeping area restaurants, retailers, health care facilities and businesses from reopening. The governor announced Monday that the Upper Peninsula…

Rep. Lilly: The people of Michigan deserve to have their voices heard

State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit filed against the governor to restore representative democracy in Michigan: “My heart breaks for the families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. I’m also concerned for the more than 1 million Michigan residents who have lost their jobs and the…

Gov. Whitmer owes workers answers

This week, the governor expanded her stay-at-home order. Having read it in full, I know the Legislature made the right decision to limit her authority to 23 days compared to the 70 days she asked us for. While the pandemic we are in must be taken seriously, I’m deeply concerned that she has chosen not…

Rep. Lilly statement on coronavirus case in Ottawa County

State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, today issued the following statement related to the coronavirus case that was identified in Ottawa County on Sunday:  “My heart goes out to the individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ottawa County and around our state. I am confident our highly capable local health officials are…

Rep. Lilly’s plan to offer communities options to fight high-water levels gains House approval

State Rep. Jim Lilly’s plan to provide support to families facing damage to their homes, businesses, streets, and other public infrastructure caused by high-water levels was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House. Lilly’s plan, which received significant bipartisan support, will allow local governments to issue temporary emergency rulings to slow down water activities near…

Rep. Lilly testifies on plan to offer communities options to fight high water levels

State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, today testified on his plan to provide support for families facing devastating damage to their homes, businesses, streets, and other public infrastructure caused by high water levels. Lilly’s measure, if passed, will help prevent future damage by allowing local governments to issue temporary emergency rulings to slow down…

Rep. Lilly introduces plan to fight high water conditions, prevent future damage

Legislature continues fighting to provide support to families State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, today introduced a plan to provide support for families affected by high water levels near state waterways. His measure, if passed, will help prevent future water damage to homes and properties during high water conditions. The measure would allow local…

Rep. Lilly: Addressing soil erosion and high water levels along Lake Michigan

State Rep. Jim Lilly this week participated in a roundtable discussion with several colleagues, coordinating ideas to address the shoreline soil erosion disaster along Lake Michigan, which has been experiencing record high water levels for the past year. Lilly has been committed to finding a solution for this crisis from the start – he was…

Rep. Lilly urges action to protect Great Lakes shoreline

Resolution calls on Canada to stop redirecting water into Great Lakes State Rep. Jim Lilly this week urged action to stop Ontario, Canada from redirecting water into the Great Lakes because of recent record high water levels. Lilly’s resolution would help prevent future damage to Michigan’s shoreline beaches, roads, bridges, boat ramps, state parks, businesses,…

Rep. Lilly receives Legislator of the Year award from MRLA

State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, has received the Legislator of the Year award from the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA). Each year, the MRLA honors legislators who have been consistent champions of the Michigan hospitality industry. This year, they recognized Rep. Lilly for his efforts to find a comprehensive solution on short-term…

Whitmer vetoes Smith’s Bridge funding

Lilly outraged by governor’s disregard for tri-cities residents             State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, today said he is disappointed in the governor for vetoing  funding to reopen Smith’s Bridge in Ferrysburg, a state budget line item the representative personally fought for in the Legislature’s budget plan for the year beginning Oct. 1. “The…

Lilly advocates for repairs to Smith’s Bridge in state transportation budget

Legislature-approved budget moves to governor’s desk State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, today voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in roads and bridges, public health and safety and education – without raising taxes. Lilly’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work on the state budget for the fiscal…