Rep. Lightner urges residents to stay calm, heed governor’s stay-at-home order

State Rep. Sarah Lightner urged residents to remain calm and follow the stay-at-home order issued today by the governor to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. Lightner, of Springport, said the order directs residents to stay in their homes unless they’re working a job in a critical service industry, engaging in outdoor activities,…

Community support is paramount amid coronavirus pandemic

By state Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport   The world, our country and state are truly in unprecedented times as we face the rapidly evolving challenges of a global health pandemic. A lot has transpired recently, including reported coronavirus cases in both Jackson and Eaton Counties, as well as Michigan’s first confirmed deaths as a…

Rep. Lightner votes for more resources to support coronavirus response in Michigan

Rep. Sarah Lightner today voted to provide more money for state and community response to coronavirus, including resources to boost testing and help health care providers keep up with demand. Lightner joined the Michigan House in approving an additional $125 million for coronavirus response. The measure brings the total state funding approved in the past…

Reps. Lightner, Alexander committed to helping community combat coronavirus

Jackson County reports first positive case of COVID-19 State Reps. Sarah Lightner and Julie Alexander today said they have been in constant communication with state and local health officials about the spread of coronavirus in Michigan and remain so after the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 was identified in Jackson County last night. The…

Rep. Lightner cancels March office hour

Out of precaution amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, state Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport has canceled her March office hour, which was previously scheduled for 11 a.m. on March 27 at Brooklyn Big Boy. “While I value accessibility to my constituents, their safety is most important to me” Rep. Lightner said. “My Lansing office will remain…

Rep. Lightner statement on coronavirus prevention in Michigan

State Rep. Sarah Lightner today issued the following statement related to coronavirus prevention: “Coronavirus is a concern for many people in our great state, especially in the Eaton Rapids area today. I want to stress that our state and health care industry are working diligently to contain the virus and protect Michigan residents. “The Michigan…

Rep. Sarah Lightner backs budget supplemental to help fund essential programs

Plan addresses agriculture, skills gap, infrastructure State Rep. Sarah Lightner, of Springport, on Tuesday voted in favor of a supplemental budget plan to restore support for the state’s Department of Agriculture, promote job growth across Michigan, invest in infrastructure projects and provide funding to many essential programs and services around mid-Michigan. “These budget restorations are…

Rep. Lightner: All taxes paid at the pump should be dedicated to road funding

New legislation has been introduced in the Michigan House that would pump more money into local road repairs without adding to debt or raising taxes. Rep. Sarah Lightner (R-Springport), in reviewing the initial language of the legislation, said that the measure calls for ensuring all state taxes paid at the gas pump go to fixing…

Rep. Lightner proposal honoring local correctional officer signed into law

A portion of I-94 will be known as the “Deputy Gate Keeper George W. Haight Memorial Highway” after a plan from state Rep. Sarah Lightner was recently signed into law by the governor. Haight was the first employee to be killed in the line of duty for the Michigan Department of Corrections. On March 27,…

Rep. Lightner announces local office hours for March

State Rep. Sarah Lightner of Springport has scheduled March office hours to meet with residents of the 65th District. “Meeting with my constituents is my favorite part of the job,” Rep. Lightner said. “I invite all to attend for a legislative update and to discuss ways we can move our state forward.” Office hours are…

Rep. Lightner: More transparency needed in state’s procurement process

House overwhelmingly approves plan holding state government accountable The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Sarah Lightner’s plan holding state government accountable by providing more transparency and oversight to the procurement process. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) is responsible for contracts and purchasing decisions for all of the agencies under…