Open letter to the governor on vaping ban

September 18, 2019   The Honorable Governor Whitmer George W. Romney Building 111 S Capitol Ave Lansing, MI 48933   The Honorable Governor Whitmer, As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, I urge you to consider and accommodate the concerns of stakeholders and the public when your administration proposes permanent rules to address the public…

House approves Rep. Whiteford’s plan to fix deficiencies uncovered by Nassar investigation

Legislation establishes clear guidelines for sensitive medical treatments State Rep. Mary Whiteford’s plan to establish clear standards for sensitive medical procedures was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Whiteford, a registered nurse from Allegan County’s Casco Township, said her plan fixes a deficiency brought to light during the House’s inquiry into…

House committee approves Crawford plans to protect children and seniors

The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee today approved two plans sponsored by state Rep. Kathy Crawford, who chairs the committee. The first measure would improve efficiency and effectiveness within Michigan’s Child Protective Services (CPS) was approved today by the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee. Crawford said her proposal is part of a package…

Rep. Meerman’s plan to improve CPS operations is one step closer to becoming law

The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee today approved state Rep. Luke Meerman’s plan to improve Child Protective Services (CPS) operations and better serve Michigan’s vulnerable children. The legislation came in the wake of the Auditor General’s findings in a 2018 performance audit of CPS. The audit found 17 material conditions that called into question…

Rep. Reilly testifies on plan addressing viewpoint neutrality within social media platforms

Bill cracks down on speech suppression in the new ‘public square’ State Representative John Reilly (R-Oakland Twp.) today testified before the House Communications and Technology Committee on his proposal to ensure social media networks presenting themselves to users as content- and viewpoint-neutral adhere to that framework and treat all viewpoints equally. Reilly said the measure…

Rep. Chatfield sets local fall office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield is inviting residents to join him during local office hours for the months of September and October. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Monday, September 16, 10:00–11:00 a.m. McKinley Township Hall 1820 N. U.S. Highway 31 Pellston, MI 49769 Friday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.–Noon St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce…

Rep. Paquette hosts members of Berrien County Clerks’ Association at Capitol

State Rep. Brad Paquette, of Berrien Springs, was joined at the state Capitol today by members of the Berrien County Clerks’ Association (BCCA). The BCCA travelled to Lansing to meet with legislators including Rep. Paquette, Rep. Pauline Wendzel, and Sen. Kim LaSata. Rep. Paquette also showed the clerks around the Capitol, including taking them onto…

House committee approves Rep. Filler’s plan to combat elder abuse

The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee has approved state Rep. Graham Filler’s plan to protect Michigan’s senior population from abuse. Filler, of DeWitt, said at least 73,000 older adults in Michigan have experienced some form of abuse, but suspects the number is actually much higher due to underreporting of instances. The representative became familiar…

Wozniak’s elder abuse proposal makes headway

State Rep. Doug Wozniak’s plan to combat elder abuse and establish increased protections for Michigan’s senior population was approved today by the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee. Wozniak, of Shelby Township, said elder abuse is a serious crime that is becoming more and more common. The Aging and Adult Services Agency reports that one…

Rep. VanWoerkom announces September coffee hours

State Rep. Greg VanWoerkom, of Norton Shores, recently announced where he will be available to meet with Muskegon County residents during scheduled coffee hours for the month of September. “It is my job to ensure your views and concerns are represented at the Capitol,” Rep. VanWoerkom said. “Please join me at one of my upcoming…

Open letter to DNR Director Eichinger

Dear Director Eichinger, I as a lifelong hunter and conservationist. I, alongside thousands of Michigan hunters, care about and work diligently to conserve, enhance and protect the environment. But as hunting season approaches, the pall of the Natural Resource Commission’s (NRC) overreaching baiting ban hangs heavy over our heads. Thousands weighed into a recent poll…

House panel hears Wakeman plan offering more flexibility for road repairs locally

State Rep. Rodney Wakeman today testified before the House Transportation Committee in support of his bipartisan plan giving local governments more flexibility to fund necessary road repairs. The plan, which is separate from ongoing budget negotiations, maintains a commitment to repair Michigan’s infrastructure and would give communities a better opportunity to work on roads that…

Michigan House approves Rep. Glenn’s ‘Constitution Week’ resolution

State Rep. Annette Glenn’s resolution highlighting the importance of the U.S. Constitution was approved today by the Michigan House. The resolution observes Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week throughout the state. The Michigan House approved the resolution on Sept. 17, 2019 – the 232nd anniversary of the historic document’s signing in Philadelphia. “We must never take…

Rep. Whiteford announces October office hours

 State Rep. Mary Whiteford will meet with Allegan County residents during scheduled office hours next month. “Hearing directly from residents is the best way to learn how I can help,” Rep. Whiteford said. “I hope you will join me next month to share what I can do for you!” Rep. Whiteford will be available Monday,…

Rep. Frederick to host roundtable discussion with area farmers, experts

State Rep. Ben Frederick, of Owosso, today invited all farmers in the 85th House District to attend an interactive discussion with legislators and experts engaged in the top issues facing Michigan’s agriculture industry. The 85th House District includes all of Shiawassee County as well as Brady, Brant, Chapin, Chesaning, Fremont, Jonesfield, Lakefield, Maple Grove, Marion…