Reps. Sheppard, Camilleri pave way for future rail crossing separation projects

Bipartisan plan to create statewide grade separation program approved by House Following decades of blocked rail crossings, a bipartisan effort between State Reps. Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance) and Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown), would solve some of Michigan’s most critical transportation issues by setting up a statewide fund to build grade separations at the most troublesome rail crossings…

Bipartisan plan protecting patients from surprise medical bills advances to Senate

A plan spearheaded by state Rep. Roger Hauck to protect Michigan residents from the practice of surprise medical billing has been approved by the Michigan House. Surprise medical bills typically stem from a disagreement between a patient’s insurer and an out-of-network medical provider, leaving the patient stuck with the bill. Patients often either do not…

Glenn supports tax relief for flood and virus victims

Plan passes Michigan House and Senate, now heading to governor  Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, and the state House of Representatives Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a plan to provide tax relief to families in Midland County devastated by severe flood damage after the failure of the Edenville Dam. Glenn said the measure will provide more flexibility for…

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. Frederick plan to improve education advancement heads to governor

State Rep. Ben Frederick’s plan to improve dual enrollment access for students and ensure full eligibility for high school seniors in the upcoming school year is on its way to Gov. Whitmer’s desk following unanimous passage in the House and Senate today. Under current dual enrollment laws, Michigan high school students may take approved postsecondary…

Rep. Whiteford plan improving access to telehealth signed into law

Bipartisan plan makes preventative and routine health care more accessible for Michigan patients and families A bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Whiteford to improve access to health care for Michigan Medicaid patients via telehealth has been signed into law. Currently, telemedicine visits between patients and health care providers must be done in real time…