Rep. O’Malley backs record support for public schools

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today voted in support of the Legislature’s 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 would increase for every student in Michigan by $120…

Rep. O’Malley spearheads move to emphasize local control for road projects

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, today unveiled a wide-ranging, bipartisan plan to give local communities more tools in their toolbox when it comes to providing needed road repairs. The bills, which are separate from ongoing budget negotiations but a notable and increased commitment to Michigan’s infrastructure, cut red tape and…

Rep. O’Malley welcomes local pastor to lead House invocation

  PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, welcomed local Pastor Tim Jahn (center) from Advent Lutheran Church in Lake Ann to the state Capitol to lead Wednesday’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. House tradition calls for a representative or clergy member to begin each day’s session with a prayer. Joining…

Rep. O’Malley welcomes guests for the 9/11 memorial ceremony

  State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, today welcomed Chief Steve Adams of the Benzonia and Almira Fire Departments as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in…

Rep. O’Malley announces in-district office hours for September

 State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, announced four locations where he will meet with area residents during office hours later this month. “It is the privilege of a lifetime to represent Northern Michigan at the state Capitol,” Rep. O’Malley said. “I hope you’ll join me at one of the upcoming locations and share how…

O’Malley fights for Michigan’s cherry growers amid unfair trade threat

State Rep. Jack O’Malley presented today a proposal that would throw the state’s support behind a petition to safeguard Michigan’s domestic cherry industry from foreign product being sold at artificially low prices. “Michigan’s cherry producers are the backbone of the U.S. cherry industry, supplying 75 percent of cherries in the marketplace – but now their…

Rep. O’Malley announces in-district office hours for August

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, announced two dates and four locations where he will meet with area residents during office hours later this month. “It is important to spend time listening to the concerns of residents in the Fighting 101st,” Rep. O’Malley said. “I hope you will join me at one of the…

Common sense, not tax increases, will fix our roads

By state Rep. Jack O’Malley Harsh winter conditions this past year ripped up our roads and left us with the question looming larger than ever: “What can we can do to get the road system repaired and maintained?” It became clear we needed to get smart fast. “Getting smart fast” began with 12 transportation committee…

Rep. O’Malley discusses roads at first Facebook Live town hall meeting

State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, participated in the Michigan Legislature’s first-ever Facebook Live town hall event to discuss road funding and the future of Michigan’s infrastructure. Rep. O’Malley was a special guest of Rep. Andrea Schroeder, who sponsored the event. O’Malley answered multiple questions from the live feed on Facebook that has reached…

O’Malley’s ‘spirited’ bill flows through House committee

Panel advances legislation allowing promotional items from spirit vendors The House Regulatory Reform Committee today unanimously approved Rep. Jack O’Malley’s plan allowing spirit vendors to provide certain brand logoed items for special events and festivals. O’Malley’s legislation is part of a broader, three-bill package bringing parity between the spirits, beer and wine industries across Michigan….

Rep. O’Malley: House budget improves roads, helps Northern Michigan families

State Rep. Jack O’Malley this week supported record funding for Northern Michigan road repairs and schools – without increasing taxes on Michigan families. “I have traveled across the state listening to drivers about road funding concerns. This plan ensures all taxes paid at the pump will go directly towards fixing our roads. With this budget,…