Rep. Pettalia named ‘Legislator of Year’

State Rep. Peter Pettalia has been selected “2015 Legislator of the Year” by The Michigan Association of Timbermen (MAT). “The Michigan Association of Timbermen is proud to recognize State Representative Peter Pettalia for his continued support of the logging industry and his unyielding integrity and leadership,” said Judy Augustine, MAT legislative consultant. “Representative Pettalia can…

Dark sky bill focus of ceremonial signing

Pettalia legislation for local state parks gets governor’s signature State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, was joined March 22 by his wife Karen and their granddaughters Mia and Isabell, Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, and Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora for Gov. Rick Snyder’s ceremonial signing of Rep. Pettalia’s House Bill 5023. The legislation designates Thompson’s Harbor…

Alpena health care partnership clears hurdle in state

Pettalia, Stamas work to update nonprofit status for hospital State legislation enabling Alpena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) and MidMichigan Health to join forces in providing health care to Northeast Michigan residents is a step closer to reality following passage in the state House today. Senate Bill 644 allows the ARMC board to convert the community-owned…

Rep. Pettalia hosts lawmakers on annual snowmobile tour

Event highlights Pure Michigan winter activities   State Rep. Peter Pettalia will lead fellow lawmakers from other parts of the state along Northern Michigan snowmobile trails on Feb. 26 and 27 to highlight the popularity of the sport and its importance to the area during the winter. Rep. Pettalia, R- Presque Isle, will introduce other…

Rep. Pettalia applauds governor’s annual address

State Rep. Peter Pettalia, right, welcomed his wife Karen and brother Joseph Pettalia to the House chamber on Tuesday evening for Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2016 State of the State address. “I applaud the governor’s foresight to make sure that Michigan remains the leader in transportation,” said the Presque Isle lawmaker, who chairs the House Committee…

Three area state parks could join Dark Sky

Pettalia bill expands program to Alcona, Alpena, Presque Isle              Increased tourism and economic opportunities could come to Northeast Michigan communities by turning down the lights at state parks in Alcona, Alpena and Presque Isle counties, state Rep. Peter Pettalia told a state House panel today. Rep. Pettalia gave testimony before the House Committee on…

Rep. Pettalia to help lead special roads committee

New House panel to address infrastructure funding issues State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, has been named vice chair of a seven-member, bipartisan House committee tasked with developing a solution that fixes Michigan’s roads and sets the stage for continued economic growth. House Speaker Kevin Cotter today announced the creation of the House Committee on…

Rep. Pettalia: Back to work on Michigan roads

Prop 1 failure focuses House committee path on voter feedback An 80-to-20 percent trouncing of the May 5 road funding ballot proposal put an exclamation point on the deep rumblings state Rep. Peter Pettalia heard from Michigan residents during dozens of local presentations he gave statewide explaining details of the complex package as Election Day…

House committee hears testimony on state transportation funding formula

Rep. Pettalia invites agencies to provide PA 51 background, posts online video The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week continued gathering facts, figures and background information on the state’s current transportation financial picture by having state, county and municipality officials explain funding sources. “The first item of our Action Plan for the Legislature…

Pettalia measure ensures access to government

Northern Michigan Caucus working together so technology advances  don’t leave rural residents behind State Rep. Peter Pettalia introduced a resolution Tuesday to remind Gov. Rick Snyder and state department leaders that while electronic documents and computerization can be efficient and less expensive for conducting business, not all state residents are prepared to go paperless. House…

State grant approved for Lumberman Park updates

The Village of Wolverine is in line to receive a $289,500 state grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to help with renovations and improvements at Lumberman Park and Trailhead, state Rep. Peter Pettalia announced today. House Bill 4078, legislation that allocates the MNRTF grants, recently passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support and…

Rep. Pettalia ready for action on 2015-16 legislative policy blueprint

The Michigan House Republican policy blueprint for the 98th Legislature unveiled this week at a Capitol news conference includes six pillars of action lawmakers agreed will continue improving Michigan and create more opportunities for residents. State Rep. Peter Pettalia participated in the Action Plan announcement and applauded the caucus’ third-consecutive effort to outline its policy…

Pettalia, MEDC working together for the City of Alpena

Community incentive to help develop new downtown hotel State Rep. Peter Pettalia is working with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to help bring new economic opportunities to the City of Alpena to construct a 90-room, four-story hotel on a vacant lot downtown. “This new development will be a beneficial asset in our community,” said…

Pettalia to lead House Transportation Committee

Lawmaker will also serve on Financial Services, Energy Policy, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, will chair the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 98th Legislature. Pettalia will lead lawmakers in making challenging but important decisions about the state’s transportation system, while keeping in mind the best interest of…