Rep. O’Malley: State must re-examine how it treats emergency planning

 State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today outlined Michigan’s outdated and inefficient emergency management structure during a Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic hearing. The select committee welcomed Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division Commander Kevin Sweeney to discuss the state’s emergency preparedness for COVID-19, as well as personal protective…

Rep. Calley invites residents to outdoor local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to attend outdoor office hours in two communities on Monday, July 27. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following times and locations: • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Thompson Field, 601 Canal St. in Portland; and• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bob King Park Pavilion, 100…

Rep. Wendzel helping Michigan’s professional license holders

State Rep. Pauline Wendzel has introduced legislation to help Michigan’s professional license holders recover from COVID-19. “As Michiganders begin to resume their lives in a safe and smart manner, I believe it’s important for state government to do everything it can to help our economy recover from the devastation of COVID-19,” Rep. Wendzel said. “As…

Line 5 tunnel best solution for Michigan’s economy and natural resources

Column by State. Rep. Daire Rendon As a state legislator who has the honor to represent families in Northern Michigan, I frequently hear concerns about protecting the Great Lakes and other treasured natural resources that make our state such a great place to live, work and raise a family. In addition, I often hear from…

Rep. Wakeman announces President’s approval of federal emergency declaration

Rep. Rodney Wakeman this week thanked the President for his approval of a federal emergency declaration in Midland and surrounding counties due to severe flooding. “Thousands of lives have been completely devastated after several area dams collapsed a couple months ago,” Wakeman said. “Residents have had to flee their homes and businesses because of this…

Rep. LaFave: Governor once again forgets about disabled community with new EO

State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain today issued the following statement after the governor issued an executive order requiring any business that is open to the public to refuse entry or service to people not wearing a face covering: “The governor completely forgot about the disabled community when drafting her latest executive order. “If…

Rep. Alexander: $15 Million in Agricultural Safety Grants will ensure safe and adequate food supply for Michigan farmers and consumers

State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, today announced $15 million in grant funding will soon be available to help Michigan farmers and agricultural processors protect workers and the state’s food production industry from COVID-19. Alexander, chair of the House Agriculture Committee, joined the Legislature in approving the grant program through Senate Bill 690 and was…

Rep. Calley deeply concerned by governor’s veto of whistleblower protections

State Rep. Julie Calley today expressed deep disappointment in the governor’s decision to veto a plan designed to improve the accountability and integrity of state government. Calley, of Portland, said she strongly supports Senate Bill 686, which would have prohibited state agencies from punishing employees for communicating with legislators. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed the legislation…

Rep. Cole warns of scammers posing as state unemployment officials

State Rep. Triston Cole today warned of scammers who may try to pose as officials with the state Unemployment Insurance Agency to gain financial information from residents. Cole, of Mancelona, said he was disappointed to learn a local resident had been scammed by a group out of the Philippines. “In many cases, folks who submitted…

Speaker Chatfield still supports whistleblower protections

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield today reiterated his support for Senate Bill 686, which would have provided important protections for whistleblowers reporting illegal activity in state government. Gov. Whitmer vetoed SB 686 earlier this afternoon. “Anyone who sees illegal activity, fraud or abuse in state government should have the ability to report it without…