Rep. Meerman: Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements should proceed as planned

Rep. Luke Meerman today said Michigan should implement its new state law related to Medicaid workforce engagement requirements as planned in January. Meerman’s comments come in response to Gov. Whitmer’s request that the Legislature pause implementation of the new requirements pending a legal challenge. “We are not pausing the program because it’s a good reform…

Rep. Alexander plan fights heroin, fentanyl epidemic

Jackson County families, prosecutor testify in support of legislation State Rep. Julie Alexander was joined today in Lansing by local residents and the Jackson County prosecutor, who testified in support of her plan to increase penalties for people convicted of manufacturing or distributing heroin and fentanyl. Alexander, of Hanover, introduced the legislation after discussing the…

Markkanen’s plan to help Keweenaw Road Commission heads to governor

Legislation will allow road commission to replace outdated facility State Rep. Greg Markkanen’s plan to help the Keweenaw County Road Commission move forward with a proposal to replace its outdated maintenance facility has been sent to the governor for her consideration. Markkanen, of Hancock, said the local road commission has run into problems because of…

Rep. Lightner to host tele-town hall on auto insurance reform

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport will host a tele-town hall meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17 to discuss the upcoming changes in Michigan’s car insurance system. Lightner will be joined by Rep. Jason Wentworth, who serves as chairman of the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates. “Much needed auto insurance reform is just…

Rep. Hoitenga: Plan to end deer baiting ban sent to governor’s desk

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to restore the practice of baiting and feeding deer in Michigan has been sent to the governor for her consideration. The plan would end the ban issued by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in August 2018 amid concerns about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Hoitenga, of Manton, said…

Bellino plan to protect Michiganders from vaping related injuries

State Rep. Joe Bellino today testified before the House Regulatory Reform Committee in support of his bipartisan plan protecting Michiganders from lung-related injuries associated with vapor products containing vitamin E acetate. The Monroe lawmaker said his legislation is in response to the recent spike in reported health injuries nationwide caused by e-cigarettes. “There is now…

Rep. LaFave invites residents to December office hours

Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain announced his December office hours for residents of Dickinson, Menominee, and Delta counties. The office hours schedule is as follows: Friday, Dec. 6 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST at the Randville Bar & Grill, 7463 M-95 in Iron Mountain. Saturday, Dec. 7 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CST at…

Speaker Chatfield on welfare work requirements

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey today released the following statement on the governor’s request to suspend the state’s work requirements for Medicaid benefits:   “Able-bodied adults who want cash assistance and subsidized healthcare coverage should obviously be expected to either work part time or at least prepare for…

Rep. Sheppard: New local option will lead to better services

State Rep. Jason Sheppard, of Temperance, today testified on his plan expanding how communities could collaborate to provide services. While the focus in some instances may be on transportation and public transit, House Bill 5229 could be applied broadly, giving communities and counties more versatility when it comes to their millages and improvement plans for…

Rep. Johnson announces December office hours

State Representative Steve Johnson invites residents of the 72nd House District to join him during local office hours: Friday, December 13th Allegan County Simply Celia’s 142 S Main St. in Wayland 8 – 9 a.m. Kent County Kentwood Branch Library 4950 Breton Rd. SE in Kentwood  10 – 11 a.m. “Open and honest communication with…

Rep. Calley invites residents to local office hours

State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in two communities on Monday, Dec. 16. Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations: 10 to 11 a.m. at Portland City Hall, 259 Kent St. in Portland; and Individual meetings from 1 to 2 p.m. followed by a legislative update from 2 to…

Rep. Alexander schedules local office hours

State Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover announced district office hours in December to meet with residents of the 64th District. “We’ve tackled many issues for Jackson County over the last year,” Rep. Alexander said. “I look forward to sharing a legislative update on the achievements of 2019, and discussing my priorities for the New Year.”…