COLUMN: Local families, farmers benefitted from House’s actions in 2019

Last November, the people of Clinton and Gratiot counties put their trust in me to represent their interests at the Capitol as their new state representative. I respect that, and I entered my first year in office with the goal of getting stuff done without the bickering and arguing we see come out of Washington,…

Rep. Filler named ‘Freshman Legislator of the Year’ by MIRS

State Rep. Graham Filler of DeWitt was recently selected “Freshman Legislator of the Year” by the Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS). According to MIRS, Filler “was recognized for chairing a panel that moved out 35 pieces of legislation that are already public acts, a little less than a quarter of every Public Act in…

Rep. Filler: Michigan House votes to protect students, veterans and vulnerable residents

Legislator takes action to reverse governor’s budget cuts Rep. Graham Filler today voted with the state House to reverse the governor’s cuts to public safety, education, veterans’ services, health care, and several other programs helping the people of Michigan. “People in our community are understandably upset by these devastating cuts,” said Filler, of DeWitt. “I’ve…

Rep. Filler: Rate reduction shows car insurance reforms are working

State Rep. Graham Filler today said a fee reduction announced by the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association is a positive indication that drivers across Michigan will save money through the state’s recent car insurance reforms. The MCCA announced it will charge a $100 per vehicle assessment for the year-long period beginning July 2, 2020. That is…

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…