Rep. O’Malley supports measures increasing opportunities for rural broadband expansion

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, this week supported a pair of proposals working to expand effective broadband services to more areas across Benzie, Leelanau, Manistee and Mason counties. House Bill 4266, proposed by state Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona, codifies legal protections for state electric cooperatives to build and expand broadband networks on…

Rep. O’Malley: Michigan’s cherry industry deserves better

Lawmaker issues statement regarding federal government’s ruling The federal government announced this week that it will not implement preliminary tariffs placed on imports of dried tart cherries from Turkey. Despite bipartisan support to enforce tolls on Turkish cherry imports, the International Trade Commission made the decision to allow the trade practices to continue. State Rep….

Rep. O’Malley invites residents to first office hours of 2020

Rep. Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann announced his upcoming office hours for residents of the ‘Fighting 101st’. Rep. O’Malley will be joined by special guest Sen. Curt VanderWall. The office hours schedule is as follows: Monday, Jan. 27 8 to 9 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 North Main State St. in Scottville; 10 to…

Rep. O’Malley fights to restore funding for vital Pure Michigan campaign

Rep. Jack O’Malley today introduced a plan to restore funding for the Pure Michigan advertising campaign, saying allowing the program to end would harm the entire state. O’Malley’s legislation would provide $37.5 million to fully restore funding vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as the new state budget year began Oct. 1. “From tourism to business…

Rep. O’Malley sparks progress on plans allowing for more flexibility with road repairs

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, this week continued instrumental work in advancing legislation that will help local communities as they explore road repair projects. House Bill 4476, sponsored by state Rep. Gary Eisen (R-St. Clair) and overwhelmingly advanced by the committee, raises requirements for competitive bidding with construction projects. The…

Rep. O’Malley applauds finalized deal for restored budget funding

Legislator votes to send proposal to governor’s desk State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, this week joined the Michigan House of Representatives in finalizing a plan to restore budget funding vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year. The governor vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she signed the budget plan for…

Rep. O’Malley: Compelling testimony shows Michigan’s child car seat laws could use changing

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, today led discussions on legislation improving child safety on our state’s roadways. A bipartisan plan from state Reps. Julie Alexander (R-Hanover) and Cara Clemente (D-Lincoln Park) will use widely accepted national research to update Michigan’s laws on car seats. Children under 30 pounds or less…

Rep. O’Malley, state House approve plan to restore vetoed funding

Legislator: People want a completed budget, not more bickering State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, this week joined the Michigan House of Representatives in the passage of a plan to restore budget funding vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this year. The governor vetoed nearly $1 billion in Legislature-approved funding when she signed the…

O’Malley plan improving school bus safety shuttles out of committee

The House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee this week unanimously approved state Rep. Jack O’Malley’s bipartisan plan improving school bus safety in Michigan. O’Malley’s plan, the lead measure of a 5-bill package, defines who is and isn’t allowed on a school bus and installs stiffer penalties for those who board buses without permission.  “This…

Rep. O’Malley supports declaration of Disaster Area

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, voiced his support for the Manistee County Board’s recently passed resolution to declare the Great Lakes Coast a Disaster Area and requests financial assistance from the federal government. “This is a critical time for those affected and we need to act quickly to prevent the situation from getting…

Rep. O’Malley: New proposal highlights commitment to local transportation options

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today announced support for a recently unveiled plan addressing how municipalities work together to pay for and pursue desired projects. O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, said House Bill 5229 – sponsored by state Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance – works in harmony with a series of…