Rep. Sheppard: Governor’s orders continue to lack logic, consistency

State Rep. Jason Sheppard today said the executive orders issued by the governor on Wednesday placing greater restrictions on Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula lack logic and are inconsistent with the COVID-19 data being reported. Sheppard, of Temperance, said the orders limit indoor gatherings to 10 people and shut down indoor bar service in…

Glenn introduces plan to hold government officials accountable

Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, last week introduced legislation to improve transparency between state government and the public and to hold government officials guilty of misconduct accountable. Glenn’s measure, House Bill 5981, would establish a state employee ombudsman to investigate and evaluate reports of suspected misconduct. “Government officials must be held accountable for their actions,” Glenn…

Rep. Alexander: State employees deserve whistleblower protections

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I heard from many corrections officers who live in our Jackson community. They shared their experiences working in our prisons during this public health crisis, expressed concerns about procedures that weren’t effective and sought clarity on policies established by the administration. The information they shared opened my eyes…

Rep. LaFave to MSU: Don’t cave to the mob and change name of James Madison College

University would have to give back state funding under proposal State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, recently offered a budget amendment to require Michigan State University to pay back all state funding if it changes the name of James Madison College within the next seven years. Caving to mounting pressure from far-left activists on…

Rep. LaFave, Legislature approve plan to protect funding for schools, local governments

State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, recently joined his colleagues in the Michigan Legislature in approving a bipartisan budget plan protecting schools and local governments in the current fiscal year – despite unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 and the resulting economic slowdown. The agreement uses a mix of savings and already available federal COVID-19…

Rep. Hall: Gov. Whitmer leaving some Michigan small businesses in the dark

State Rep. Matt Hall, of Marshall, issued the following statement today after the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic heard testimony from owners of local businesses – including fitness centers, training facilities and children’s swimming instruction – who have not received sufficient communication from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration in their continued efforts to resume…

Reservoir of patience on UIA has run dry

By state Rep. Rodney Wakeman, of Saginaw Township Given the recent track record of Michigan’s heavily flawed Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA), anyone who has never had an encounter with the agency should consider themselves very fortunate. Whether it is delayed payments, dropped phone calls or unpredictable errors in the agency’s filing system, hundreds of thousands…

Rep. Allor to host second tele-town hall addressing upcoming school year and COVID-19

State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, will host a second tele-town hall to discuss the upcoming school year and planning for the safety of Northern Michigan students Thursday, July 30 at 6 p.m. “It’s important to keep the conversation going about what schools will look like this fall,” Allor said. “We will discuss concerns brought…

Rep. Frederick supports plan to end governor’s COVID-19 nursing home policy

State Rep. Ben Frederick last week supported a plan to end the governor’s nursing home transfer policy. The much-criticized policy has been shown to have contributed to additional risk and exposure for vulnerable residents and staff. Michigan has lagged behind all other states in bringing an end to such transfers. Frederick, of Owosso, said the…

House approves Mueller decriminalization plan reducing penalties for low-level crimes

Bipartisan plan would reclassify several minor offenses as civil infractions The state House of Representatives has approved Rep. Mike Mueller’s plan to re-examine the penalties for driving with a suspended, revoked, or denied license in Michigan. Mueller said reclassifying penalties for first and second-time offenses as civil infractions would establish better, more proportional penalties that…