Governor signs Whiteford bill to help special ed programs

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Mary Whiteford on Wednesday, allowing intermediate school districts to hire the best teachers for specialized programs. “Experience, teaching ability and educational qualifications all count toward being a good teacher,” said Whiteford, of Casco Township. “We can all agree on that, but every special education child is…

Rep. Whiteford: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees

Bipartisan bills also forgive associated debt   State Rep. Mary Whiteford today joined a bipartisan majority of her House colleagues in voting to eliminate burdensome driver responsibility fees in October 2018 and forgive all outstanding debt associated with the fees. Whiteford, of Casco Township, said the fees were established as law in 2003 by a…

Governor signs Whiteford gas leak cleanup legislation into law

Bill ensures funds intended to clear spills are used appropriately Gov. Rick Snyder today signed state Rep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation ensuring the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan. Whiteford’s bill ensures the one-cent fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum sold or imported in Michigan is used…

Rep. Whiteford welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, right, welcomed Reverend Sarah Farkas, to the state Capitol to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Farkas is a pastor at Rectify Church in Allegan and serves as chaplain for the Allegan County Jail.  They were joined at the rostrum by Speaker Tom Leonard.  

Rep. Whiteford welcomes Medal of Honor Recipient to state Capitol

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford welcomed Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan and his wife Chérie to the state Capitol. McCloughan received the Medal of Honor from President Trump in July for his valor in saving the lives of 10 members of his platoon at the Battle of Nui Yon Hill in May 1969.

House approves legislation supported by Rep. Whiteford to update disability windshield placards

Legislation supported by state Rep. Mary Whiteford streamlining the application process for a windshield disability placard was approved today by the Michigan House. The bill allows a disability placard to display only the first letter and last three digits of the disabled person’s driver’s license number or official state personal identification card. Michigan statute currently…

Whiteford gas leak cleanup bill heads to governor’s desk

Legislation ensures funds intended for cleanups are used appropriately Rep. Mary Whiteford’s legislation ensuring the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan has been approved by the Senate. Whiteford’s bill ensures the one-cent fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum sold or imported in Michigan is used for…

Rep. Whiteford testifies in support of returning hiring decisions to ISDs

State Rep. Mary Whiteford was joined Tuesday by William Brown, superintendent of the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency, in testifying before the Senate Education Committee to return hiring decisions back to intermediate school districts (ISDs). Whiteford’s House Bill 4166 will eliminate the need for ISDs to give preferential status in hiring decisions to candidates formerly…

Rep. Whiteford announces October office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will sponsor local office hours on Monday, Oct. 16. “Remaining accessible to Allegan County residents is a top priority for me,” Whiteford said.  “Office hours provide a great opportunity to hear from members of the community about issues that matter most to them.” Rep. Whiteford will be available…

Rep. Whiteford issues statement on Palisades announcement

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township today issued the following statement on the announcement that the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwest Michigan will remain open until at least 2022, delaying a planned 2018 closure: “More than 100 people employed at Palisades live in Allegan County. Today’s announcement is great news for them and…

Rep. Whiteford part of coalition aiming to lower Michigan auto insurance rates

State Rep. Mary Whiteford announced Tuesday she is part of a bipartisan coalition to reform Michigan’s broken auto no-fault insurance system and dramatically cut costs for drivers. Whiteford supports House Bill 5013, which will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan – which now has the highest rates in the nation – by offering…

Rep. Whiteford joined by first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, hosted Graafschap Fire Chief Doug DenBleyker and Fennville Fire Chief Sarah Bushee for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past…

Rep. Whiteford: New school year brings record state funding

With K-12 schools all over Michigan opening or preparing to open their classrooms to a new school year, Rep. Mary Whiteford today said school districts will have a record amount of state funding on tap. Whiteford, of Casco Township, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, said budget planners worked hard to increase per-student funding…

Rep. Whiteford announces September office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford is inviting residents of Allegan County to local office hours on Sept 8. “Office hours are a great way for me to hear ideas from people in the community,” Whiteford said.  “I look forward to the opportunity to speak with Allegan County residents and I welcome any input from residents as…

Rep. Whiteford announces July office hours

State Rep. Mary Whiteford of Casco Township will sponsor local office hours on Monday, July 24. “I remain committed to always being accessible and meeting with as many Allegan County residents as possible,” Whiteford said.  “Office hours are a great opportunity for me to hear from my neighbors.” Rep. Whiteford will be available at the…