Rep. Phil Green stands with Caro Center employees, Tuscola County

State Rep. Phil Green, of Millington, released the following statement after the governor’s announced she will halt funding for the Caro Center Psychiatric Hospital: “The governor’s decision to pause the Caro Center project is devastating to our community. As the second-largest employer in Tuscola County, this will shatter the lives of over 300 dedicated employees…

Rep. Farrington: Michigan consumers must be protected with data breach notification

Legislation applies to those storing personal identifying information The House Financial Services Committee today voted to advance legislation sponsored by state Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, requiring companies that store identity information to disclose when their data has been compromised in a timely fashion. There is no specific notification timeframe within current state law when…

O’Malley announces March in-district office hours

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, will meet with area residents during scheduled office hours later this month. “I want to make sure residents in all four of the counties in my district have their voices heard,” O’Malley said. “I encourage everyone to attend and share the issues that matter most to you!” This…

Rep. Vaupel plan protects health care workers from assault

State Rep. Hank Vaupel this week introduced a plan to better protect medical personnel from violence. Vaupel, of Fowlerville, said Michigan hospitals have reported a significant increase in the number of violent encounters with patients and their visitors, creating a need for stronger protections. His plan would stiffen penalties for people who assault health care…

Rep. Hoitenga proposal protects private property rights

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, recently introduced a plan addressing drone usage guidelines for the state’s Department of Natural Resources. House Bill 4300 states the DNR, or a person acting on its behalf, cannot utilize a drone to surveil, inspect or collect information about private property without consent, a warrant or probable cause. “Currently,…

Rep. Leutheuser, Sen. Shirkey commend rural focus of infrastructure grant

State Rep. Eric Leutheuser today applauded an announcement of $200,000 to be invested in critical infrastructure and utility improvements in Coldwater and Hillsdale. The upgrades are possible thanks to Rural Development Fund Grants from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “I am excited to see this important investment in our communities,” Rep….

Rep. Hall takes action to block ‘devastating’ Green New Deal

The House Energy Committee today approved a resolution introduced by state Rep. Matt Hall to oppose the Green New Deal introduced at the federal level. Hall’s House Resolution 41 calls for Michigan to oppose the so-called Green New Deal outlined in U.S.  House Resolution 109 and U.S.  Senate Resolution 59. It was approved by the…

House panel approves Rep. Glenn’s transparency plan during Sunshine Week

State Rep. Annette Glenn’s plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan was approved Tuesday by the House Government Operations Committee. Glenn, of Midland, said the committee’s approval coincides with Sunshine Week, a national initiative celebrating the important role openness and accountability plays in our system of government. “Year after year,…

Rep. Wozniak plan protects citizens’ rights, promotes local control

State Rep. Doug Wozniak today introduced a bill protecting the rights of local citizens who live near oil or gas fields. House Bill 4317 would restrict oil and gas drilling in Michigan’s most populated counties and require state agencies to abide by local ordinances when issuing permits. The bill is part of a two-bill package….

Rep. Yaroch and Rep. Witwer introduce a bipartisan school safety package

State Rep. Jeff Yaroch of Richmond and State Rep. Angela Witwer of Delta Township introduced a bipartisan package today aimed at improving various school safety practices in Michigan. Rep. Yaroch’s bill would require public schools to carry trauma kits and train all staff members on how to use and maintain the kits. His bill is…

Rep. Schroeder resolution focuses on Sunshine Week in March

State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township today introduced a resolution declaring the week of March 10 as Sunshine Week in the state of Michigan. “This resolution complements the Legislative Open Records Act bill package to establish transparency within the government,” Rep. Schroeder said. “A free and open press is a primary liberty enshrined in…

Grant money awarded for historic renovation in Houghton

State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock announced today the city of Houghton will receive over $600,000 for architectural and engineering work for the Copper Range Depot. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a number of projects across Michigan that will spark economic development. “Like many U.P. communities, we have historic landmarks left standing from the mining…

Rep. Miller’s plan clarifies scope of practice for Michigan counselors

State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, has introduced a measure to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law. Miller said updates are needed to ensure the law reflects the actual scope of practice and training of licensed professional counselors, and to be consistent with wording in the Board of Counseling’s Administrative Rules. This measure…

Rep. Markkanen invites residents to March office hours

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced his March office hours for residents of the 110th district. “I am looking forward to another month of office hours,” Rep. Markkanen said. “We have seen a great turnout so far and the office hours have been an excellent resource for both the attendees and myself.” The office hours…

Rep. Griffin’s plan to cut prison health care costs gains House approval

State Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to reduce the amount of public tax dollars spent on prison health care while continuing to protect public safety was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Griffin, of Mattawan, said chronically ill and aging prisoners often have health care costs several times higher than the average…