Rep. Farrington continuing to fight for critical state funding

House approves new supplemental budget plan State Rep. Diana Farrington, of Utica, today voted to restore key funding vetoed by the governor two months ago, protecting Michigan workers, children and families. The governor originally issued a total of 147 line-item vetoes within a budget proposal previously approved by the Legislature before the Oct. 1 constitutional…

Rep. Hoitenga continuing to fight for critical state funding

House approves new supplemental budget plan  State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, of Manton, today voted to restore key funding vetoed by the governor two months ago, protecting Michigan workers, veterans, children and families. The governor originally issued a total of 147 line-item vetoes within a budget proposal previously approved by the Legislature before the Oct. 1…

Whiteford works to restore vetoed funds harming Michigan children

State Rep. Mary Whiteford, chair of the House Appropriations Health and Human Services Committee, today joined the state House in approving, with overwhelming bipartisan support, a plan to restore funding for vital government programs vetoed by Gov. Whitmer. The governor vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she signed the budget plan for the…

Rep. Mueller, state House approve plan to restore funding vetoed by Whitmer

Mueller fights to reinstate local secondary road patrol program State Rep. Mike Mueller, of Linden, today joined the Michigan House of Representatives in the overwhelming bipartisan passage of a plan to restore budget funding vetoed by Gov. Whitmer earlier this year. The governor vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she signed the budget…

Rep. Green announces Michigan Strategic Fund grant in Caro

State Rep. Phil Green announced a major investment in the heart of downtown Caro by the Michigan Strategic Fund. A Community Development Block Grant of $984,625 will be used to create a permanent home for the existing farmers market in Caro. “I am very excited to announce this investment,” Green said. “This is big news…

Rep. Wakeman plan better protects victims of domestic violence, stalking

Michigan residents who are victims of domestic violence and stalking would be allowed to carry a concealed weapon in a gun-free zone to better protect themselves under a plan unveiled today by state Rep. Rodney Wakeman. The Saginaw Township lawmaker said his plan would allow individuals who have filed an active personal protection order (PPO)…

Rep. Albert leads hearing on wellness of prison workers

Corrections subcommittee looks for ways to improve employee morale State Rep. Thomas Albert, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections, today held a hearing to discuss the mental wellness of corrections officers and others employed by the Michigan Department of Corrections. Albert, of Lowell, said the topic is of critical concern because studies have…

Rep. Whiteford hosts over 6,500 in tele-town hall update

State Rep. Mary Whiteford was joined by 6,594 residents on Tuesday night during her live tele-town hall update on recently passed auto insurance reforms. “The biggest priority for my constituents since I’ve been in office has been meaningful auto insurance reform and this tele-town hall was a great way to reach out and let them…

O’Malley plan improving school bus safety shuttles out of committee

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee this week unanimously approved state Rep. Jack O’Malley’s bipartisan plan improving school bus safety in Michigan. O’Malley’s plan, the lead measure of a 5-bill package, defines who is and isn’t allowed on a school bus and installs stiffer penalties for those who board buses without permission.  “This…

Rep. Albert casts plan that would increase fishing opportunities

State Rep. Thomas Albert this week testified before the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee in support of his plan to expand the methods of fishing currently allowed by Michigan law. Albert, of Lowell, said his plan would allow the use of trotlines and juglines on inland lakes and rivers for nongame fish species…

Committee advances Wakeman plan providing proper, timely burials for unclaimed decedents

The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved state Rep. Rodney Wakeman’s plan ensuring funeral directors have the necessary authorization to provide timely and respectful dispositions for unclaimed decedents. “The process that determines who has the legal right to make funeral arrangements and final disposition in the event there are no heirs present lacks the necessary…