Rep. Afendoulis: Social anarchy can’t be tolerated in Michigan

            In an effort to keep Michigan families safe and to protect communities from looting and destruction, state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis today introduced a plan establishing harsher penalties for the crime of “social anarchy.”             The Afendoulis plan serves as a response to recent rioting and looting across Michigan. Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, said…

Senate approves Rep. Bellino plan to combat opioid prescription fraud

Legislator: E-scripts will help prevent abuse, overdose State Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan to cut down on fraudulent prescriptions and combat Michigan’s growing opioid abuse was approved unanimously by the Michigan Senate. The legislation calls on doctors to send all prescriptions through a secure computer system, preventing anyone but the doctor from issuing prescriptions. “While we’ve…

Rep. Calley: New law allows communities to more efficiently count absentee ballots

Governor signs Calley’s plan to help clerks process influx of mail-in ballots State Rep. Julie Calley’s plan giving local communities a new option to streamline the processing of absentee ballots has been signed into law. Calley, of Portland, said city and township clerks throughout Michigan are expecting a significant increase in the number of absentee…

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…

Slagh announces plan for students to safely return to school in the fall

State Rep. Brad Slagh, of Zeeland, joined House and Senate colleagues in unveiling a plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The plan, announced Tuesday morning during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and health departments to work together to develop health and safety standards, for…

Rep. Hall: UIA’s communication crisis creates mistrust, frustration as people continue to wait on unfulfilled claims

Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic Chair Matt Hall, of Marshall, today issued the following statement after hearing testimony Wednesday from Steve Gray, Director of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency: “UIA is not communicating in an acceptable fashion with laid-off Michigan workers or the Legislature, which is actively trying to connect the agency with people…

Rep. Alexander: Student safety top priority in Return to Learn plan

$1.3 billion plan implements safety measures and flexibility State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, today announced her support for a practical and flexible plan that will ensure the safety of all Michigan students as learning recommences in the fall. The House-Senate plan, announced this week during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and…

Rep Bellino: Return to Learn plan maximizes learning; prioritizes student safety

$1.3 billion plan implements robust distance learning, safety measures State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today announced his support for a sound plan that will help keep Michigan students safe as learning resumes in the fall. The House-Senate plan, announced this week during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and health departments to…

Sault Ste. Marie awarded community development state grant

The State of Michigan today announced a grant of more than $4 million for Sault Ste. Marie to improve access to downtown and continue its ongoing ‘placemaking’ efforts for the city. The funding will be used to improve four public areas of the city, transforming sidewalk and bike access, replacing signage, expanding green space, and…

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…

LaFave announces plan for U.P. schools to safely resume in the fall

$1.3 billion plan implements robust distance learning, safety measures State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today announced his support for a sensible and flexible plan helping to keep Michigan students safe as learning resumes in the fall. The House-Senate plan, announced Tuesday during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and health departments…

Glenn sponsors Return to Learn – plan maximizes learning, prioritizes student safety

$1.3 billion plan includes robust distance learning, safety measures Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, Tuesday announced her support and sponsorship for a common-sense plan to help keep Michigan students safe as learning resumes in the fall. The joint state House and Senate plan, announced this morning during a state Capitol news conference, requires local school districts…