Rep. Markkanen introduces plan to restore funding for critical access hospitals

Representative: Governor’s cuts would devastate local hospitals State Rep. Greg Markkanen today introduced a plan to restore funding for critical access hospitals after Gov. Whitmer stripped funding for the hospitals using a line-item veto. Markkanen, of Hancock, said Michigan’s 35 critical access hospitals provide people vital access to quality health care services, but inadequate Medicaid…

Rep. O’Malley supports licensed professional counselors

Lawmaker: LARA should not be involved in changes to scope of practice State Rep. Jack O’Malley joined House colleagues today in approving a plan to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law. The law has not been updated since it was enacted in 1988. O’Malley said updates are needed because the state Department of…

Rep. Brann: Children should learn about jobs, entrepreneurship

West Michigan restauranteur wants students to learn tools for success State Rep. Tommy Brann today testified in support of his plan to include free enterprise and entrepreneurship as a curriculum requirement for 8th grade social studies instruction. Brann, a restaurant owner in Wyoming, spoke of his personal experience that inspired this legislation. “I started working…

Rep. Farrington backs bipartisan plan to protect survivors of abuse

State Reps. Diana Farrington (R-Utica), Kristy Pagan (D-Canton), Kyra Harris Bolden (D-Southfield), Daire Rendon (R-Lake City) and Julie Calley (R-Portland) have introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan, bicameral plan that would strengthen protections for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. House Bills 5054-58 would strengthen protections of the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) laid…

White Lake Water Quality Information

Folks in White Lake should be aware that there have been some issues with elevated lead and copper rates in their water if you live in ‘distribution system 2’ which is colored orange on the map. I spoke with the Water Department and they are working to fix any problems. If you have any doubt,…

Rep. Griffin plan would restore vetoed funding for school safety grants

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, has sponsored a plan to restore funding for school safety grants vetoed by Gov. Whitmer along with several other critical funding cuts on Oct. 1. Griffin, a former school teacher, said the need for improved safety measures is greater than ever. School safety grants can be used for panic…

Rep. Allor invites residents to October office hours

Rep. Sue Allor of Wolverine announced her October office hours for residents of Alpena, Presque Isle, Alcona, and Iosco counties, and parts of Cheboygan County. “A lot of interesting things have been happening in Lansing lately,” Rep. Allor said. “I look forward to providing an update and I hope you will join me and share…

Sheppard: The budget is done, time to tackle policymaking

Passing the budget is the one task our state constitution requires the Legislature to complete each year. Since coming to Lansing in 2015, I have worked with my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers, to accomplish this task. In January, we began working with a new administration in the governor’s…

House approves Rep. Miller’s plan allowing counselors to continue practicing

A plan introduced by state Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law was approved on Tuesday by the Michigan House with a gallery full of counselors who watched. The law has not been updated since it was enacted in 1988. Miller said updates are needed because the state…