Rep. O’Malley urges Tom Eckerle to resign due to racist comments

State Rep. Jack O’Malley today released the following statement: “After speaking with a number of individuals in the district today, I must say that I am shocked and disappointed to hear of the comments that were made by Leelanau County Road Commissioner Tom Eckerle before a recent road commission meeting. I called Mr. Eckerle to…

Rep. O’Malley: Sufficient notice, consistent communication needed from Whitmer administration as local emergency managers plan for COVID-19

State Rep. Jack O’Malley today welcomed emergency managers from across Michigan for testimony before the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, stressing they need better communication and more consistency from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration. Grand Traverse County Emergency Manager Gregg Bird and Mackinac County Emergency Manager Mike Kasper stated to the select committee that…

Rep. O’Malley: House approves support for several Northern Michigan parks

Rep. Jack O’Malley and the state House this week approved funding for several northern Michigan outdoor recreation projects – including an addition to Ludington State Park. The projects are included in recommendations from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The recommendations are made to the Legislature, which is working to finalize and authorize the plan….

Rep. O’Malley votes to advance pair of COVID-19 response proposals

Plans focus on nursing homes, flexibility for schools A pair of proposals helping Michigan respond to COVID-19 effectively while keeping people safe were advanced Wednesday thanks to votes by state Rep. Jack O’Malley. Senate Bill 956 addresses Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s mandate which puts COVID-19 patients into long-term care facilities alongside healthy residents. “From the beginning,…

Rep. O’Malley’s plan boosts access to child care; gives providers greater flexibility

Representative Jack O’Malley today, along with two of his colleagues, introduced legislation seeking to improve child care regulations in Michigan. O’Malley, of Lake Ann, said the measures would boost access to child care for many families – particularly in rural Michigan – and provide greater flexibility for providers by making improvements to current overbearing regulations….

Rep. O’Malley: State must re-examine how it treats emergency planning

 State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today outlined Michigan’s outdated and inefficient emergency management structure during a Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic hearing. The select committee welcomed Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division Commander Kevin Sweeney to discuss the state’s emergency preparedness for COVID-19, as well as personal protective…

Rep. O’Malley: PPE procurement testimony shows pivotal emergency management errors

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today cited recent testimony in the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic as evidence of poor emergency planning within Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration. The committee spoke on Wednesday with a pair of personal protective equipment (PPE) providers who had worked with states throughout the country to deliver…

Rep. O’Malley: UIA must improve communication, availability as desperate people seek payments owed

State Rep. Jack O’Malley today welcomed state Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Steve Gray to a hearing of the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, while calling into question Michigan’s emergency preparedness as people remain without needed unemployment benefits. “Michigan’s emergency management and how they prepare the state for issues like this has been poor,”…

Rep. O’Malley: Locals should decide standards for upcoming school year, not state

$1.3 billion plan provides needed resources, works to keep kids safe State Rep. Jack O’Malley, who serves on the House Education Committee, today supported a new proposal that will give northern Michigan school districts a greater say in decisions as students resume school this fall. A joint House-Senate proposal announced Tuesday morning during a press…

Rep. O’Malley: Governor must end dangerous, reckless COVID-19 nursing home policy

State Rep. Jack O’Malley has put his full support behind a newly introduced House Resolution opposing policies which have put the lives of Michigan seniors in danger. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has continued on with a COVID-19 response plan that places COVID-19 patients into long-term care facilities – putting individuals who have tested positive under the…