Rep. Filler votes to make record investment in Michigan students

School budget gets bipartisan support in House, heads to governor State Rep. Graham Filler, of DeWitt, today voted to approve the Legislature’s bipartisan school aid budget, which includes the largest ever investment for Michigan students in the state’s history. The budget provides a total of $15.2 billion for K-12 schools. Under the plan, per-pupil funding…

COLUMN: New expungement plan would help deserving people get back on their feet

Tamika Mallory dreams of starting an in-home adult foster care business. All that is holding holding her back are a couple of mistakes she made two decades ago. The Detroit resident has three misdemeanors on her record – two related to marijuana and one from a traffic offense. Even though she has been crime-free for…

House committee approves Rep. Filler’s plan to combat elder abuse

The House Families, Children and Seniors Committee has approved state Rep. Graham Filler’s plan to protect Michigan’s senior population from abuse. Filler, of DeWitt, said at least 73,000 older adults in Michigan have experienced some form of abuse, but suspects the number is actually much higher due to underreporting of instances. The representative became familiar…

State representatives unveil bipartisan plan to improve Michigan’s expungement laws

Legislation gives reformed citizens access to better job opportunities A bipartisan plan announced today would expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old, low-level criminal convictions a new opportunity to start fresh. State Rep. Graham Filler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and the bipartisan group of bill sponsors unveiled…

COLUMN: We must do more to protect our senior population from abuse

It is important that we recognize elder abuse as a serious problem in the state of Michigan. It occurs in many different forms and is often committed by the people you least expect. It could be a close family member who exploits an aging loved one for money in the privacy of their own home,…

Rep. Filler invites residents to town hall meeting on road funding

State Rep. Graham Filler has announced a town hall meeting with special guest Rep. Jack O’Malley on Wednesday, Aug. 28 to discuss road funding in the state of Michigan. Rep. O’Malley serves as chair of the House Transportation Committee and has spent his first eight months as a state legislator studying solutions to the issues…

Rep. Filler sets August coffee hours

State Rep. Graham Filler has announced his next set of local coffee hours will be held Friday, August 9 at the following times and locations: 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Big Boy, 1408 Old U.S. 27 in St. Johns; and 10 to 11 a.m. at Hearthstone Oven Bakery and Café, 126 S. Pine River St….

COLUMN: Highlights from my first six months serving in the Michigan House

Now that summer has finally arrived, I want to look back at some of the achievements I am most proud of from the first six months of my term. We have made significant progress on a number of issues that are a priority for families, seniors and workers throughout mid-Michigan. AUTO NO-FAULT REFORMS I can’t…

Rep. Filler: House approves plan to help farmers hurt by relentless rain

State Rep. Graham Filler and the Michigan House today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain. Filler, of DeWitt, said the plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state. “This spring has been one…

House approves Rep. Griffin plan to better protect student athletes from abuse

State Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to better protect student athletes in Michigan from child abuse and sexual assault was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming support. Griffin, of Mattawan, said the measure is part of a comprehensive bipartisan plan to fix problems brought to light by the House’s inquiry into the handling of…

COLUMN: Auto insurance rate relief is on the way

Michigan residents have been calling for auto insurance reform for decades. The high cost of insurance was the most common complaint I heard from people in our district. I promised to correct the broken system, and that goal was achieved our historic bipartisan reform plan was signed into law on May 30. Understandably, people now…