Budget plan signed into law – includes Allor bill

Rep. Sue Allor last week announced the Legislature’s plan to restore Governor Whitmer’s funding-cuts to several important programs has been signed into law. “Governor Whitmer held the budget hostage putting many Michiganders in a difficult position; it seemed like no one was safe. Michiganders, including seniors, students, veterans, local government, and even those with autism,…

Rep. Brann plan to make parole, probation fees more affordable signed into law

State Rep. Tommy Brann’s plan to help former inmates get their lives back on track after they are released from prison was recently signed into law. Brann, a restaurant owner from Wyoming, said people on parole or probation in Michigan are currently charged exorbitant fees to pay for the cost of their supervision. Offenders who…

2019: A year of patience and resiliency

By state Rep. Rodney Wakeman of Saginaw Township The most important virtue our historic 100th Michigan Legislature displayed in 2019 was patience. We needed to work resiliently and dutifully to deliver crucial funding to people throughout the state who rely on essential public services every day, and it took longer than it should have. The…

Rep. Whiteford attends mental health summit in D.C.

State. Rep. Mary Whiteford, of Casco Township, attended the White House Summit on Transforming Mental Health Treatment to Combat Homelessness, Violence and Substance Abuse on Thursday. Whiteford, who serves as chair of the House Health and Human Services Budget Committee has been committed to improving mental health care in Michigan since taking office in 2015….

Rep. Paquette encourages residents to take advantage of new SOS efficiency measures

State Rep. Brad Paquette announced Thursday that Berrien County residents will now be able to make appointments at all Secretary of State (SOS) offices, a move that he hopes will reduce wait times. In an email to state representatives Thursday, the Michigan Department of State said the measure is part of the greater effort to…

Rep. Webber: Sports wagering crosses the finish line

State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills issued the following statement today after Gov. Whitmer signed legislation legalizing participation in fantasy sports contests and permitting sports betting in Michigan: “It’s been a long time coming, but legal sports wagering is now a reality here in Michigan. We’ve crossed the finish line and took the necessary…

Rep. Wozniak applauds signing of restored budget funding

Supplemental plan protects most vulnerable residents, key services State Rep. Douglas Wozniak, of Shelby Township, today underscored a signed proposal that restores funding for key services in southeast Michigan. The signature from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer chips away at an original veto of nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding for the fiscal year that began Oct….

Rep. Frederick applauds good government reforms

State Rep. Ben Frederick today said a plan unanimously approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor will improve the state budget process by increasing transparency and providing necessary checks and balances. Frederick, of Owosso, co-sponsored the legislation, which makes procedural changes to the State Administrative Board and establishes an earlier deadline…

Rep. Hall’s plan to protect vulnerable children advances in Michigan House

State Rep. Matt Hall’s legislation to better protect Michigan’s vulnerable children and improve the performance of the state’s Children’s Protective Services (CPS) division is advancing in the state House. Hall’s proposal came in the wake of a 2018 performance audit that called into question the effectiveness and efficiency of CPS. The House Oversight Committee, chaired…

Rep. Hall’s sports betting plan now law

State Rep. Matt Hall’s plan permitting sports wagering in Michigan with important consumer protections has been signed into law. With the governor’s signature, Michigan becomes the latest state to legalize sports betting. Hall said the legalization will benefit communities across the state through revenue for local public services and schools. “Today marks the day Michigan…