Rep. Filler votes to protect patients from surprise medical bills

State Rep. Graham Filler, who serves on the House Health Policy Committee, today voted in support of legislation to protect Michigan residents from the practice of surprise medical billing. Surprise medical bills typically stem from a disagreement between a patient’s insurer and an out-of-network medical provider leaving the patient stuck with the bill. Patients often…

Rep. Filler leads Michigan House in approving historic expungement reforms

Bipartisan plan gives reformed citizens access to better job opportunities State Rep. Graham Filler today led the Michigan House in approving a plan to expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old criminal convictions a new opportunity to start fresh. Filler, a former assistant attorney general who chairs the House…

Rep. Filler’s juvenile justice reform plan becomes law

The policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan courts will soon end after a plan spearheaded by state Rep. Graham Filler was signed into law this week. Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit the most minor…

Rep. Filler, committee approve bipartisan expungement plan

State Rep. Graham Filler and the House Judiciary Committee today voted overwhelmingly to approve a plan to expand Michigan’s expungement laws and give hundreds of thousands of residents with old, low-level criminal convictions a new opportunity to start fresh. Filler, who chairs the committee, said the innovative proposal would make Michigan a leader in criminal…

Rep. Filler: Historic ‘Raise the Age’ reforms advance to governor’s desk

State Rep. Graham Filler’s plan to end the policy requiring all 17-year-olds to be treated as adults in Michigan’s criminal justice system is on its way to the governor’s desk. Filler, of DeWitt, said Michigan is one of just four states still requiring all 17-year-olds to be prosecuted as adults – even those who commit…

COLUMN: Governor’s budget cuts bad for Michigan and our community

Education, public safety, health care for rural communities, veterans’ services, support for children with autism – I was surprised and confused to see all these programs targeted by Gov. Whitmer’s red pen last week. Her reasoning? She says the cuts were made in attempt to get Republican legislators back to the negotiating table on road…

Rep. Filler announces October coffee hours

State Rep. Graham Filler has announced his next set of local coffee hours will be held Friday, Oct. 11 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….

Rep. Filler: State budget invests more in Michigan roads, essential services

Rep. Graham Filler today voted in favor of a new Michigan state budget investing more in roads and bridges, public health and safety and strengthening communities – without raising taxes. Filler’s votes came as the Legislature completed its work on a new state budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Last week, Filler voted…

Rep. Filler set to host senior town hall

State Rep. Graham Filler announced today he will be hosting a town hall on Monday, Sept. 30 to meet with senior citizens from Clinton and Gratiot counties. Filler will be joined by a variety of organizations that provide services to seniors ranging from in-home healthcare assistance, home weatherization, transportation, and legal assistance. Each organization will…

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…