Rep. Bellino plan to combat opioid prescription fraud signed into law

Legislator: E-scripts will help prevent abuse, overdose State Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan to cut down on fraudulent prescriptions and combat Michigan’s growing opioid abuse was signed into law today. The legislation calls on doctors to send all prescriptions through a secure computer system, preventing anyone but the doctor from issuing prescriptions. “The coronavirus pandemic has…

Senate approves Rep. Bellino plan to combat opioid prescription fraud

Legislator: E-scripts will help prevent abuse, overdose State Rep. Joe Bellino’s plan to cut down on fraudulent prescriptions and combat Michigan’s growing opioid abuse was approved unanimously by the Michigan Senate. The legislation calls on doctors to send all prescriptions through a secure computer system, preventing anyone but the doctor from issuing prescriptions. “While we’ve…

Rep Bellino: Return to Learn plan maximizes learning; prioritizes student safety

$1.3 billion plan implements robust distance learning, safety measures State Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe, today announced his support for a sound plan that will help keep Michigan students safe as learning resumes in the fall. The House-Senate plan, announced this week during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and health departments to…

We needed leadership, what we got was political posturing

As a sitting member of the state Legislature, I know firsthand how slowly the government can move. That is why emergency powers exist, to allow swift action when necessary and legally warranted. The COVID-19 pandemic is exactly that, an emergency where swift action was necessary. Emergency powers are not intended, however, for political posturing, which…

Rep. Bellino: House unveils regional roadmap to recovery

State Rep. Joe Bellino today announced a regional, safety-focused approach to restarting Michigan’s economy and re-establishing a semblance of normalcy in the COVID-19 era. House Republicans unveiled a blueprint on Monday to help move the state toward a rolling restart – an approach based on the prevalence and risk factors of the virus, which varies…

Rep. Bellino supports extending emergency order tied to coronavirus pandemic until May 1

State Rep. Joe Bellino today joined his colleagues in supporting an extension of Michigan’s coronavirus-forced state of emergency through the end of April – a more practical solution than Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s initial request for mid-June, he said. “We cannot possibly tell Michigan families that we need to declare a state of emergency two months…

Rep. Bellino responds to governor’s stay- at-home order, COVID-19

State Rep Joe Bellino, of Monroe, issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order: “I know times are tough right now because of the coronavirus, but I know we will get through this together. We can all do our part by staying home and taking responsible precautions…

Rep. Bellino: Helping employees, small businesses during the coronavirus outbreak

This column by Rep. Joe Bellino originally appeared in The Monroe News. In tough times like these, public health is and should be the top concern of everyone – including government. That’s rightly been the primary focus in the days since coronavirus rocked our world. It’s also important to remember the economic consequences of the…

Rep. Bellino: Governor’s bonding for road repairs is a terrible strategy

By now, the majority of Michiganders have probably learned of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to fix some of our state’s roads – a plan that comes at a high cost for all and will only really benefit a small portion of the pavement needing repairs. I’m not talking about her proposed 45-cent tax increase. That…