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…

Hornberger’s Return to Learn plan approved by Michigan House

Innovative plan implements robust distance learning, safety measures The Michigan House has approved a plan spearheaded by state Rep. Pamela Hornberger, chair of the House Education Committee, to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The House-Senate plan empowers local school districts and health departments to work together to develop…

Howell gets four of his bills passed by the House this week

Area lawmaker wastes no time in working on behalf of Lapeer County In this age of the coronavirus and the limited days that our State Legislature has been able to meet, State Representative Gary Howell (R-Deerfield Twp.) has wasted no time in convincing his colleagues to pass legislation he has been working on since the…

House committee advances Whiteford plan combatting Michigan’s psych bed shortage

The House Health Policy Committee has approved Rep. Whiteford’s plan to combat the serious shortage of psychiatric hospital beds in Michigan. While the federal government provides a structure for psychiatric residential treatment facilities, there is currently no structure provided at the state level. Whiteford’s legislation would require the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)…

Rep. Kahle announces local office hours for July

State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Thursday, July 30. They will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on the outside lawn at Hudson Carnegie District Library, 205 S. Market St. in Hudson. “As our state continues to reopen, I plan to resume my in-person…

Reps. Meerman, Gay-Dagnogo fight to end unfair penalties for firearm owners

Bipartisan plan would end harsh, mandatory minimum sentences State Reps. Luke Meerman and Sherry Gay-Dagnogo today introduced a bipartisan plan to give judges more discretion when sentencing people who carry a gun while committing a crime in Michigan. The legislators said the state’s current felony firearm law is too harsh – requiring a mandatory two-year…

Rep. Reilly supports plan to end COVID-19 nursing home policy

State Rep. John Reilly this week supported a plan to rectify the policy that likely contributed to the COVID-related deaths of at least some of the nearly 2,000 nursing home residents who have died in Michigan. Reilly, of Oakland Township, said the mandate to put COVID-19 patients into long-term care facilities alongside uninfected residents was…