Rep. O’Malley continues work on plans to spend road money smarter in Michigan

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, has continued to lead discussion and hearings on bipartisan bills that will give communities and counties more avenues to make needed road repairs. The legislation was introduced and has run along separate from budget discussions on roads, but the measures are a notable and increased…

Rep. O’Malley announces October office hours

 State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, announced where he will meet with area residents during office hours later this month. “The best part of my job is listening to the input of residents from the ‘Fighting 101st’,” Rep. O’Malley said. “I hope you’ll join me at one of my stops this month and share…

Rep. O’Malley supports licensed professional counselors

Lawmaker: LARA should not be involved in changes to scope of practice State Rep. Jack O’Malley joined House colleagues today in approving a plan to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law. The law has not been updated since it was enacted in 1988. O’Malley said updates are needed because the state Department of…

Rep. O’Malley drives bipartisan school bus safety effort

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, is spearheading a bipartisan plan to improve school bus safety in Michigan. “We have a duty to look out for our young people and ensure they are safe on their way to and from school,” said O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee. “This isn’t a partisan issue….

O’Malley reacts to vetoes: Eliminating Pure Michigan ‘a dumb move’

Following the release of details of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 147 line-item vetoes, state Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, released the following statement: “The number one complaint from Gov. Whitmer and her allies was that the Legislature’s budget would ‘only pave 39 miles of freeway,’ but we’ve got to remember there’s a lot more to…

Rep. O’Malley votes to send $400M more to road repairs

Rep. Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann today voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in roads and bridges, public health and safety, and strengthening communities – without raising taxes. O’Malley’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work on a new state budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Howell…

Rep. O’Malley backs record support for public schools

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today voted in support of the Legislature’s school aid budget, which includes the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history. The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the plan, per-pupil funding would increase for every student in Michigan by $120…

Rep. O’Malley spearheads move to emphasize local control for road projects

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, today unveiled a wide-ranging, bipartisan plan to give local communities more tools in their toolbox when it comes to providing needed road repairs. The bills, which are separate from ongoing budget negotiations but a notable and increased commitment to Michigan’s infrastructure, cut red tape and…

Rep. O’Malley welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

  PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, welcomed local Pastor Tim Jahn (center) from Advent Lutheran Church in Lake Ann to the state Capitol to lead Wednesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Joining…

Rep. O’Malley welcomes guests for the 9/11 memorial ceremony

  State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today welcomed Chief Steve Adams of the Benzonia and Almira Fire Departments as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in…

Rep. O’Malley announces in-district office hours for September

 State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, announced four locations where he will meet with area residents during office hours later this month. “It is the privilege of a lifetime to represent Northern Michigan at the state Capitol,” Rep. O’Malley said. “I hope you’ll join me at one of the upcoming locations and share how…

O’Malley fights for Michigan’s cherry growers amid unfair trade threat

State Rep. Jack O’Malley presented today a proposal that would throw the state’s support behind a petition to safeguard Michigan’s domestic cherry industry from foreign product being sold at artificially low prices. “Michigan’s cherry producers are the backbone of the U.S. cherry industry, supplying 75 percent of cherries in the marketplace – but now their…

Rep. O’Malley announces in-district office hours for August

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, announced two dates and four locations where he will meet with area residents during office hours later this month. “It is important to spend time listening to the concerns of residents in the Fighting 101st,” Rep. O’Malley said. “I hope you will join me at one of the…